Early barrage holds up for Sox sweep
Ramirez ties Thome in homers, McCovey in RBIs
BOSTON -- The home team's recipe for instant offense, to front the lineup with a pair of red-hot Red Sox, paid dividends again Sunday.This time, the middle of the order kicked into gear behind J.D. Drew and Dustin Pedroia. The result was a ruined start for San Francisco's Matt Morris and a lead that not even Barry Bonds' awakening at Fenway Park could erase. The Red Sox won, 9-5, holding off a Giants charge that began with Bonds' 748th career home run and sweeping the three-game series. With no outs in the sixth, Bonds lofted a high shot into the San Francisco bullpen, beyond the outstretched glove of Drew. "Man, that ball was up there forever," first baseman Kevin Youkilis said. "It got in the jet stream and the way the wind was blowing out there ... it just kept carrying." Starting pitcher Tim Wakefield said he thought it was "a popup." Drew didn't move when Bonds first connected. He drifted backward, thinking he could catch the high fly. "And the way the wind was blowing, I was under it about 10 different times at some point," Drew said. "I just couldn't go any further with it." With the shot, Fenway became the 36th park to witness a Bonds home run. Wakefield, meanwhile, became the 441st pitcher to be victimized by his powerful bat. Wakefield left after 5 2/3 unspectacular innings, but ultimately protected a three-run lead. He gave up five earned runs and eight hits, including a fourth-inning home run to Pedro Feliz over the Green Monster. "The ballpark played small today," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "You could see it -- the ball is going to fly. You don't know how many runs is enough." The Giants scored another run in the sixth before Red Sox pregame callup Manny Delcarmen entered the game and ended the rally with a runner on third. But Delcarmen ran into trouble when he started the seventh with a pair of walks. With one out, lefty specialist Javier Lopez entered the game to face Bonds, but he walked the Giants star on consecutive pitches. "That was kind of how we wanted him to pitch him," Francona quipped. Right-hander Joel Pineiro entered the game and played the hero, escaping a bases-loaded jam by inducing a double-play ball off the bat of Bengie Molina. "We've just got to pick each other up," Pineiro said.
Alex McPhillips is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.