David Ortiz watches his walkoff home run in the ninth. Game Photos (Jim Davis / Globe Staff)
(9:43. Game Over, Red Sox 3, Chicago 2)The good old days returned to Fenway as David Ortiz stroked a walkoff homer to right field, his second of the night. It was Ortiz' 10th walkoff homer, ninth with the Red Sox, breaking the team record his shared with Jimmie Foxx. Ortiz hit it off Tony Pena. Ortiz' night supported a great night of pitching from Tim Wakefield, who made his return from the DL successful, though Daniel Bard, who pitched 1-1/3 innings and struck out three, got the win, the first of his career.
9:11, top 8th, Boston 2, Chicago 2)
Tim Wakefield is done after seven: one run, six hits, one walk, three strikeouts. He will not get a decision, however, as Ramon Ramirez allowed a solo homer to Scott Podsednick, pinch-hitting for Jayson Nix in the 8th. Too bad. Wakefield pitched a beauty.
t(8:33, bottom sixth, Boston 2, Chicago 1)
Who says Alex Gonzalez can't hit? The good-fielding SS just gave the Sox the lead in the sixth with a solo shot off Gavin Floyd. Gonzalez said yesterday he feels revived being in a pennant race and away from the stagnant Reds team he came from. Floyd is pitching so well, that it probably drives him crazy he just allowed a home run to the No. 9 hitter.
(8:22, top sixth, Boston 1, Chicago 1)This has gone perfectly for the Red Sox. Wakefield, 43, is pitching very well. Who would have thought the team would have missed a 43-year-old knuckleballer in the rotation? Wakefield can take the third spot in the order if healthy and take the pressure off Clay Buchholz. Martinez has performed well catching Wakefield, though he did make a throwing error in the fifth which put Carlos Quentin at third base with one out, but Wakefield got out it. Gavin Floyd is matching Wakefield, who has allowed three hits and one run over the first five innings.
(7:43, top third, Boston 1, Chicago 1)
Had a chat with Jim Rice recently about lefthanded power hitters at Fenway and how David Ortiz could really amass huge numbers if he went the other way more. On a 2-2 pitch from Gavin Floyd, Ortiz blasted a solo homer into the Monsters to tie the score. It was Ortiz' 21st. The ChiSox had gone out in front in the top of the first off the comebacking Tim Wakefield on Paul Konerko's triple to the rightcenter corner scoring Gordan Beckham. Wakefield is making his first start since July 8. He's being caught by Victor Martinez, who has never caught a knuckleballer. So far, so good. Martinez missed the first pitch Wakefield threw, but has since gotten the hang of it. There may be some adventures ahead, but here in the top of third, he's OK.