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Sox Win Keeps Them In First


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.

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  • "It's been a magical season, to tell you the truth," said Daubach, a nine-year minor leaguer who was selected the AL's player of the week after getting 13 hits, three homers and 15 RBIs. "I could easily be in the minor leagues right now."

    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.

    After singles to Jason Varitek and pinch-hitter Butch Huskey, Trot Nixon hit a fly ball to the warning track that was caught at the left-field wall by a leaping Jason McDonald.

    Jose Offerman singled to load the bases and John Valentin struck out before Tim Worrell relieved Jones.

    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.

    Oakland took a 4-0 lead in the third off Brian Rose on a three-run homer by A.J. Hinch, his sixth of the season and third in 15 at-bats, and an RBI single by John Jaha.

    Boston scored one in the fourth inning on Reggie Jefferson's RBI single, and another in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Valentin. Randy Velarde's RBI single made it 5-2 in the seventh.

    Offerman hit an RBI single in the bottom half.

    Notes

  • Hinch hit his third homer of the season on May 27, then went 78 at-bats before hitting his next a period that included two weeks at Triple-A Vancouver.
  • Oakland first baseman Jason Giambi left in the fifth with a slight sprain of his right knee.
  • The Red Sox activated C Scott Hatteberg from the 15-day disabled list and signed first-round draft pick Rick Asadoorian.
  • Omar Olivares allowed three runs two earned seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.
  • Rose gave up four runs and four hits and in 2 1-3 innings failing to make it out of the fourth innng for his fourth straight start.
  • A's players have homered in 17 consecutive games.

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