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Magic number down to two
Red Sox 11, Athletics 6
Dustin Pedroia and Manny Ramirez celebrate after scoring in the third. (Charles Krupa/AP)
 Lowell's two-run single
With ailing Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis back in the lineup, the Red Sox pounded out 17 hits in a rout of the A's. Mike Lowell led the way with five RBIs, while Dustin Pedroia scored four times. With the win, Boston trimmed its magic number to clinch to two.
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Series at a glance:
OAK
Oakland (75-84)
Lost 3
Boston 11, Oakland 6   BOS
Boston (94-64)
Won 2
September 26, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 1   6 12 1
Boston
0 0 3 2 0 4 2 0 X   11 17 1
Standings thru 9/26/07  |  Recap: OAK|BOS  |  Gameday  |  Athletics Stats  |  Red Sox Stats
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stewart, LF5020021.291
Barton, 1B3020201.361
Swisher, CF4001035.263
Piazza, DH5111027.280
Cust, RF4000130.259
Ellis, 2B4130110.274
Suzuki, C4110114.255
Hannahan, 3B4111023.286
Murphy, SS4223101.220
Totals37612661422 

BATTING
2B: Barton (9, Lester).
HR: Murphy (6, 4th inning off Lester, 2 on, 2 out), Piazza (8, 5th inning off Lester, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Stewart 2; Barton 3; Piazza 4; Ellis 3; Suzuki; Hannahan; Murphy 5.
RBI: Swisher (76), Murphy 3 (21), Piazza (44), Hannahan (24).
2-out RBI: Murphy 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Piazza 4; Hannahan.
SF: Swisher; Hannahan.
Team LOB: 12.

BASERUNNING
CS: Ellis (4, 2nd base by Lester/Varitek).

FIELDING
E: Swisher (5, fielding).
DP: 2 (Ellis-Murphy-Barton, Hannahan-Ellis-Barton).

 
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Pedroia, 2B5431100.317
Ramirez, LF3231100.298
  1-Moss, PR-LF1211000.250
Ortiz, DH4230101.325
  2-Clayton, PR-DH0000000.253
Lowell, 3B5135003.326
Drew, RF3011102.266
Youkilis, 1B3010121.287
  a-Hinske, PH-1B1000012.204
Varitek, C4010117.255
Ellsbury, CF5011026.359
Lugo, SS5000026.237
  Cora, SS0000000.243
Totals391117106828 

a-Struck out for Youkilis in the 7th.
1-Ran for Ramirez in the 6th. 2-Ran for Ortiz in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Pedroia 2 (38, Blanton, Brown, A), Varitek (15, Blanton), Ortiz 2 (50, Blevins, Brown, A).
HR: Pedroia (8, 6th inning off Blevins, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Pedroia 8; Ramirez 3; Moss; Ortiz 5; Lowell 3; Drew; Youkilis; Varitek 2; Ellsbury.
RBI: Lowell 5 (116), Drew (59), Ramirez (87), Pedroia (50), Ellsbury (18), Moss (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lugo 3; Ellsbury; Varitek 2.
SF: Drew.
GIDP: Drew; Lugo.
Team LOB: 11.

FIELDING
E: Lester (1, throw).
DP: (Varitek-Pedroia).

 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blanton 5.011553403.95
Blevins (L, 0-1)0.034310110.38
Lugo 1.00001105.55
Brown, A 1.03221104.72
Lewis 1.00000206.45
 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lester 4.17543924.72
Snyder 1.01001103.81
Lopez 0.10001003.18
Timlin (W, 2-1)1.10001203.48
Gagne 1.02000203.88
Tavarez 1.02110005.06

Blevins pitched to 5 batters in the 6th.

WP: Brown, A.
IBB: Drew (by Brown, A).
Pitches-strikes: Blanton 93-55, Blevins 19-9, Lugo 18-9, Brown, A 23-13, Lewis 9-8, Lester 94-58, Snyder 20-11, Lopez 9-4, Timlin 14-10, Gagne 21-15, Tavarez 16-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Blanton 7-4, Blevins 0-0, Lugo 1-1, Brown, A 2-0, Lewis 0-1, Lester 1-2, Snyder 0-2, Lopez 0-1, Timlin 0-2, Gagne 0-1, Tavarez 1-2.
Batters faced: Blanton 27, Blevins 5, Lugo 4, Brown, A 7, Lewis 3, Lester 23, Snyder 5, Lopez 2, Timlin 5, Gagne 5, Tavarez 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Lugo 2-1, Snyder 1-0, Lopez 1-0, Timlin 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Rob Drake. 1B: Larry Poncino. 2B: Gary Darling. 3B: Jerry Meals.
Weather: 93 degrees, clear.
Wind: 17 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:27.
Att: 36,570.

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