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Red Sox Short Hops: Game 2

Red Sox Short Hops: Game 2

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BOSTON -- Fielding the Red Sox's 6-3 Game 2 victory over the Angels on a short hop ...

In < 25 words...
Boston overcame a shaky start by Daisuke Matsuzaka with quality relief, timely hitting and a break from one of its fans to take the win.

Frozen moment
Manny Ramirez popped up a ball into the stands around home plate with one out in the fifth inning. Angels catcher Jeff Mathis gave chase, but 17-year-old Red Sox fan Danny Vinik reached up and caught the ball, much to Mathis' chagrin. Fan interference was not called as Mathis went into the stands. With new life, Ramirez walked to keep the inning alive for Mike Lowell to hit a game-tying sacrifice fly.

Big number
3: The number of scoreless innings posted by the Red Sox middle-relief trio of Javier Lopez, Manny Delcarmen and Hideki Okajima to get to closer Jonathan Papelbon. After a start that saw Matsuzaka venture all over the place, the solid relief allowed the Red Sox to stay in the game.

Game balls
Manny Ramirez

Connected for the game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Red Sox the win.

J.D. Drew

Came through with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the first to put the Red Sox up, 2-0.

Mike Lowell

Batting with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, the Red Sox third baseman hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 3.

Sense of October
Scoreboard watching can be a part of the atmosphere during the first round of the playoffs, and what better way to cheer up the Fenway faithful than bad news about the Yankees? Right after Orlando Cabrera hit an RBI double in the second to put the Angels up, 3-2, the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Indians was posted, turning the Fenway frowns upside down.

Lines of the Game


Ortiz
Hitting
David Ortiz
1 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 4 BB
Comment: Ortiz singled and scored in the first then walked in his next four at-bats. He is now hitting .750 (3-for-4) in the series, with one home run and two RBIs.

Matsuzaka
Pitching
Daisuke Matsuzaka
4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 6 Ks
Comment: The rookie righty did not have his best stuff and allowed the Angels to get his pitch count up to 96 by the time he got lifted with two outs in the fifth.

Varitek
Spoken
"Not really. He's hurt this team a little bit. And they had to put it in the hands of Manny. That's what they had to do." -- Jason Varitek when asked if he was surprised the Angels pitched around Ortiz to get to Ramirez
Next step
After taking Game 2 in come-from-behind fashion, the Red Sox have the Angels in a bad place as the series heads west to Anaheim. Curt Schilling, one of baseball's all-time postseason greats, will start for Boston on Sunday afternoon as it tries to sweep the series and advance to the American League Championship Series.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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