The Fenway crowd of 30,957 was on its feet cheering for Brian Daubach, but one onlooker gave him some encouragement that meant more than most.
With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox down by two and Daubach facing a full count, Nomar Garciaparra simply told Daubach, "Go do your job."
With that, the rookie first baseman returned to the batter's box and won the game, hitting a three-run double that gave Boston a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics and preserved its lead in the AL wild-card race.
Oakland, which would have tied the Red Sox in the wild-card race with a win, led 4-0 after three innings and had a 5-3 lead in the ninth with closer Doug Jones (3-5) on the mound.
Daubach worked the count to 3-1, then fouled off five consecutive pitches including a long fly ball down the right-field line that just missed being a home run. Daubach yanked off his batting helmet and ran towards the umpire before being told by first-base coach Dave Jauss that the call was correct.
"The thing I was impressed with was the ball he fouled off," A's designated hitter Matt Stairs said. "A lot of guys get flustered and forget their at-bat. He didn't. He took a moment and went right back in there."
Daubach asked plate umpire Jim Evans for a little extra time so he could catch his breath, then stood back in to face Worrell. After nine consecutive fastballs, Worrell threw a changeup; Daubach lined it off the Green Monster for a bases-clearing double.
"I don't think he wanted to face Nomar with the bases loaded," Daubach said modestly. "If I walked, we've still got the AL's leading hitter coming up."
Derek Lowe (4-2) earned the victory, striking out two in one hitless inning. Jones, who has blown seven of 14 save chances, gave up three runs on three hits in one inning.
Offerman hit an RBI single in the bottom half.
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