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Red Sox late score and they share top spot

Edgar Renteria drives in two in the ninth against Baltimore's All-Star closer to break a tie.

By Associated Press
Published September 25, 2005

BALTIMORE - The Boston Red Sox had blown a two-run lead, and now they were in the ninth inning of a tie game facing All-Star closer B.J. Ryan.

"A lot of teams lose that game," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "We're not a lot of teams."

Edgar Renteria drove in two runs with a broken-bat single in the ninth, and the Red Sox regained a share of first place in the AL East by defeating the Orioles 4-3 Saturday.

The victory left the Red Sox and the Yankees tied for the division lead with eight games left.

After Trot Nixon and Tony Graffanino hit one-out singles off Ryan, Johnny Damon drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases for Renteria, who blooped a single to left that broke a 2-2 tie.

"A great win," Boston's Kevin Millar said. "It took everything we had to get to B.J. Ryan."

Ryan entered with a 2.32 ERA and 34 saves, but on this night he was no match for the highest-scoring team in the MLB.

"We beat one of the best," Francona said. "Guys that haven't hit him before hit him today."

Jonathan Papelbon worked the eighth, and Mike Timlin gave up an RBI double to Jay Gibbons with two outs in the ninth before retiring Javy Lopez on a flyout to deep right for his 11th save, the second in two games.

"I made it interesting again," Timlin said, "but what's important is that we were one up at the end. This is what we do."

Melvin Mora homered and Gibbons went 3-for-3 with two walks for the Orioles.

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