Jeremy Guthrie was in line for the victory, having held the Red Sox to three hits into the ninth inning. He was pulled in that frame after 91 pitches, then the relief corps allowed the Red Sox back in the game, which ended when Boston's Julio Lugo smacked a two-run single off Chris Ray.
A sunny Mother's Day clouded after starter Josh Beckett, trying for his eighth straight win, exited early with skin inflammation on a finger and Boston's pink bats were being quieted. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Boston rallied for six runs, leading to the walk-off victory.
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