Manny Ramirez blasted his 505th home run last night, on the night when Hall of Famer Eddie Murray presented him with an award for joining the 500 Home Run Club. They just happened to be tied on the all-time list with 504, and Manny made good on a pregame promise to pass him last night.
Manny's bomb came after J. D. Drew smacked a two-run job to put the Red Sox up 5-4. But Hideki Okajima's struggles continue, especially against the Baltimore Orioles. With a two-run lead in the seventh, Okie gave it up, allowing three runs. Baltimore tacked on three more in the ninth off Craig Hansen to complete their 10-6 win.
Josh Beckett struggled early, as he allowed four runs in the second, after the Red Sox scored a run in the first. Beckett settled down, and kept the Orioles off the scoreboard through the sixth. But the Red Sox banged into four double plays, two especially that killed promising innings, including the first when the Red Sox had the bases loaded and none out.
It was just the Red Sox' seventh home defeat of the season, and Bartolo Colon takes the mound tonight in the hope of getting the Red Sox back on the winning track.