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Schilling paves the way
Red Sox 7, Athletics 3
David Ortiz hit a two-run insurance shot in the eighth inning. (Elise Amendola/AP)
Manny Ramirez returned to the lineup after missing 24 games, while Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz knocked in two runs each behind Curt Schilling as Boston reduced its magic number to win the AL East crown to three.
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Series at a glance:
OAK
Oakland (75-83)
Lost 2
Boston 7, Oakland 3   BOS
Boston (93-64)
Won 1
September 25, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2   3 9 1
Boston
1 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 X   7 9 0
Standings thru 9/25/07  |  Recap: OAK|BOS  |  Gameday  |  Athletics Stats  |  Red Sox Stats
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stewart, LF5010002.290
Barton, 1B4121001.345
Swisher, CF4010002.265
Cust, RF3010111.262
Ellis, 2B4000014.271
Johnson, DH3110111.233
Scutaro, SS4110032.262
Hannahan, 3B3011111.287
Suzuki, C3011011.255
Totals333933815 

BATTING
2B: Swisher (36, Schilling), Hannahan (12, Corey).
HR: Barton (3, 1st inning off Schilling, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Stewart; Barton 5; Swisher 2; Cust; Johnson; Scutaro; Hannahan 2; Suzuki.
RBI: Barton (7), Hannahan (23), Suzuki (38).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ellis 2.
SF: Suzuki.
GIDP: Stewart.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Scutaro (14, fielding).
PB: Suzuki (7).
DP: (Scutaro-Ellis-Barton).

 
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Pedroia, 2B5110003.314
Ramirez, LF2110101.293
  1-Moss, PR-LF0100000.217
  b-Kielty, PH-LF1001001.232
Ortiz, DH3212200.321
Lowell, 3B4011100.324
Drew, RF4131112.265
Varitek, C2000314.255
Ellsbury, CF4012005.367
Hinske, 1B1000100.206
  a-Youkilis, PH-1B2000004.287
Lugo, SS3110122.240
Totals3179710422 

a-Popped out for Hinske in the 5th. b-Grounded into a double play for Moss in the 6th.
1-Ran for Ramirez in the 5th.

BATTING
2B: Lowell (36, Gaudin), Drew (29, Gaudin), Pedroia (36, Lugo).
HR: Ortiz (33, 8th inning off Meyer, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Pedroia 2; Ramirez; Ortiz 4; Lowell 2; Drew 4; Ellsbury; Lugo.
RBI: Lowell (111), Drew (58), Ellsbury 2 (17), Kielty (12), Ortiz 2 (114).
2-out RBI: Ellsbury.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ellsbury 3; Varitek; Youkilis 2.
SF: Ellsbury; Kielty.
GIDP: Kielty.
Team LOB: 12.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Lowell-Pedroia-Hinske, Pedroia-Lugo).

 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gaudin (L, 11-13)4.03337304.56
DiNardo 2.23111104.12
Lugo 0.21221005.67
Meyer 0.22111018.82
 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Schilling (W, 9-8)6.06110613.87
Delcarmen (H, 11)1.00001202.14
Gagne (H, 4)0.21001003.96
Papelbon (H, 2)0.10000001.92
Corey 1.02221002.16

Gaudin pitched to 4 batters in the 5th.

WP: Meyer.
IBB: Varitek (by DiNardo).
Pitches-strikes: Gaudin 93-46, DiNardo 41-23, Lugo 24-14, Meyer 27-14, Schilling 86-62, Delcarmen 18-11, Gagne 25-14, Papelbon 1-1, Corey 22-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Gaudin 4-5, DiNardo 3-4, Lugo 0-2, Meyer 0-2, Schilling 7-5, Delcarmen 0-1, Gagne 0-2, Papelbon 0-1, Corey 0-3.
Batters faced: Gaudin 23, DiNardo 11, Lugo 4, Meyer 5, Schilling 23, Delcarmen 4, Gagne 4, Papelbon 1, Corey 5.
Inherited runners-scored: DiNardo 3-1, Lugo 2-0, Meyer 1-1, Papelbon 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Meals. 1B: Rob Drake. 2B: Larry Poncino. 3B: Gary Darling.
Weather: 82 degrees, clear.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:22.
Att: 36,708.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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