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August 14 at Boston

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"Politely declined offer from Manny Ramirez to have cocktails at the hotel bar following the contest. Where's Enrique Wilson when you need him?"

Short Take:Quality start for Garland, but offense and bullpen unable to capitalize against Schilling and BoSox.

One bad inning.

It has become Jon Garland's mantra for 2004. Big Jon pitched well tonight, but that one bad inning combined with a strong effort by opposing pitcher Curt Schilling was enough to leave the Sox empty handed. The Red Sox would take this one 4-3, behind the strength of three home runs, two of them by David Ortiz.

The Sox came out white-hot in the top of the first off of Curt Schilling, making his first career start against the Sox. Timo Perez started the scoring off with a 400-foot blast to the seats in right center to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. Carlos Lee would make it back-to-back home runs when he reached the Monster seats in left to put the Sox up by a 2-0 margin. Garland, going on three days rest, would face only one batter over the minimum in the first three innings. He was cruising along into the 4th inning, with the Sox nursing the two-run lead. But the turning point came in the 4th. After striking out Kevin Youkilis to lead off the inning, Garland would give up back to back home runs to Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz to tie the game. Kevin Millar would double and score on a single by Jason Varitek, four consecutive hits to put the Red Sox up 3-2.

Varitek would be thrown out at second base on the play, and he inadvertently spiked Jose Valentin when he slid into second. A frustrated Garland would throw behind the next batter, Orlando Cabrera, drawing a warning from the home plate umpire. Garland would eventually retire Cabrera to end the inning, but the lead had vanished and the Sox now had some work to do. They got Garland off the hook in the 6th inning, tying the game at 3. Lee singled to start the inning, and advanced to third on a double by Carl Everett. Valentin would bring Lee home to score on a sacrifice fly. Garland then worked himself out of a jam in the bottom half of the 6th. After Ramirez led off with a double, Ortiz would be intentionally walked to get to Millar. Garland got Millar to ground into a 5-4-3 double play. With Ramirez at third, Garland would give Varitek an intentional pass and retired Cabrera to end the threat. Garland would get a no decision after 6 innings of work, allowing 3 runs and 7 hits with 4 K's.

The Sox could do very little else off Schilling, who only allowed 5 hits all night. The game would remain tied into the bottom of the 8th inning. Jon Adkins, who had come on in the bottom of the 7th to relieve Neal Cotts, struck out Ramirez on 3 pitches looking to start the 8th. But then came Ortiz, who earlier in the game homered and has basically been crushing everything in sight. Ortiz proceeded to tie Ramirez for the league home run lead with his 30th of the season and second of the night, with what proved to be the game winner. Former Sox closer Keith Foulke came on to close out the game in the 9th. He yielded a leadoff walk to Valentin, but the Sox were unable to move him into scoring position as Foulke retired the next three batters for the save. With the loss, the Sox drop to 58-56 on the season. They remain 4 games behind the Twins in the standings.

The rubber game of the series is tomorrow at 1:05 CDT. Mark Buehrle (10-6, 3.83) will go for the Sox against Bronson Arroyo (5-8, 4.14).

Ozzieball Update:
Not many baserunners tonight. Sac fly by Valentin tied the game in the 6th. Questionable call by Ozzie in the 9th when he pinch-hit struggling Joe Borchard for hot-hitting Ben Davis. Borchard struck out.

submitted by beckett21.

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Jose Valentin

Tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the 6th inning, and drew a leadoff walk in the 9th to give the Sox a glimmer of hope.

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