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Red Sox short hops
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10/18/2004 3:49 AM ET
Red Sox short hops
Ortiz helps Boston keep hopes alive
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BOSTON -- David Ortiz is not ready for the season to end, and neither are his teammates.


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Undoubtedly, Pedro Martinez, Ortiz's best friend, is not ready to shut it down, either.

You know Curt Schilling's answer.

Ortiz hit a walk-off, two-run home run in the 12th inning to propel the home team to a 6-4 victory against the Yankees on Sunday and keep the Red Sox's quest to be the first team to come back from a 0-3 deficit alive.

The walk-off homer was Ortiz's second of the postseason and the first in a League Championship Series for the Red Sox.

Now it will be up to Martinez in Game 5 to keep hope and the season alive. Schilling is waiting to start Game 6, should Boston get that far.

Vitals check
A look at key statistics through Game 4 of the ALCS.

Team stats

Digits Trend The Deal
ERA 8.76 one run in 6 2/3 of relief = a chance to win
BA .259 Ortiz made it not matter Sunday
Runs 22 scoring is not the problem. Yankees scoring is
Errors 0 as in football, defense can win championships

Who's hot?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
David Ortiz .471 BA, 1 HR, 6 RBI Big Papi getting it done
Orlando Cabrera .353, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs providing punch at bottom of lineup and defense

Who's not?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Johnny Damon .056, 0 HR, 0 RBI still can't get it started
Mark Bellhorn .071, 0 HR, 0 RBI Red Sox need more than 1-for-14

Behind the numbers
Nine hours and 22 minutes. That's the combined time for Games 3 and 4 of the 2004 ALCS. Saturday's game established a record as the longest nine-inning game at four hours, 20 minutes. Sunday's game lasted five hours and two minutes, an ALCS record for an extra-inning game.

Frozen moment I
See David Ortiz

Frozen moment II
With the Sox trailing 4-3 in the ninth, pinch-runner Dave Roberts stole second base and scored on Bill Mueller's single up the middle to tie the game at 4. Muellar advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on an error but would stay there.

Tough call, Terry
Derek Lowe battled his way through 5 1/3 gutsy innings before giving up a triple to Hideki Matsui with one out in the sixth and the Red Sox ahead, 3-2. Mike Timlin replaced him and gave up two runs as the home team fell behind, 4-3. Lowe threw only 88 pitches and having thrown only 12 pitches in the two weeks leading up to Sunday, he likely could have thrown more. Six pitchers were used in the game, but Lowe could see action Monday.

Avoiding the sweep
The Red Sox became only the sixth team in 26 series to trail a series 3-0 and avoid elimination with a victory. The New York Mets defeated the Braves, 3-2, in Game 4 of the 1999 NLCS. The Mets would win Game 5 as well before losing in the sixth game.

Close call
Three of the four games in the 2004 ALCS have been decided by three runs or less and eight of the last nine postseason games between the Yankees and Red Sox have been decided by the same margin. Since the start of the 2003 ALCS, only two of the 10 games played in the postseason between the two teams have been decided by a wider margin.

Last word
"We set out to win. That was our only objective and somehow we did."
-- Francona

Jesse Sanchez 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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