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El Guapo bunts

Garces bunted on the first pitch, but it bounced right to the pitcher, who threw to second to begin an inning-ending double play. El Guapo's at-bat was less than successful, but that didn't stop the crowd of amused Sox fans from bestowing him a second ovation. Manny Ramirez didn't even get that kind of reception!

In the ninth inning, Chris Stynes came to the plate for the fifth time. He already had two homers and an RBI-single, and he received a standing ovation. I don't know if he's ever gotten one at Fenway, but this "Fenway" crowd was appreciative of his contributions that afternoon. He responded with his fourth hit of the day. Derek Lowe came on in the bottom of the ninth. With runners at first and third and two outs, Montreal's perennial lone All-Star Vladimir Guerrero represented the tying run at the plate. Lowe struck him out to end the game and preserve the win for the Red Sox.

Red Sox win!

View from behind the dugout Many of the Red Sox fans who invaded Montreal must have only been up for the weekend, because Monday's game had only 16,000 fans, but again, an overwhelming majority of them were rooting for the Sox. We arrived before 5:30, and the gates were not yet open. There's only one area where fans enter the park, and there's a large, enclosed lobby right outside. Thousands of Sox fans lined up in the lobby. Those in front started banging on the doors, and a huge "Let's go Red Sox!" chant rang out, until the gates were finally opened. Our seats were in the VIP section, twelve rows behind the Expos dugout. The section even had waiter service, so we could order food during the game. It turned out I was sitting one section over from Bill Lee, the Spaceman himself, although I didn't realize it until he was pointed out to me at the end of the game.

Tomo Ohka faced off against Bobby Muñoz, and the game was scoreless until Vladimir Guerrero knocked in a run in the third. The Sox answered with two runs in the top of the fourth. Brian Daubach led off with a double, and Chris Stynes walked. Then Mike Lansing, the former Expo who was booed lustily throughout the series by the few Expos fans who were there, hit a double which scored both runners. The Red Sox led 2-1, but Montreal came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, to take a 3-2 lead and knock Ohka from the game.

In the seventh inning, Dante Bichette knocked in a run to tie the game. The next batter was Brian Daubach, who lined a homer off the bottom of the right field foul pole to make the score 5-3. The Expos added another run in the eighth. Ugueth Urbina came on to pitch the ninth for the Expos. He allowed a hit by Trot Nixon, then struck out Manny Ramirez (below) as Trot stole second.

Manny strikes out

After Bichette popped out and Daubach was intentionally walked, Stynes singled home Nixon, increasing the lead to 6-4. The bottom of the ninth was scary, as Derek Lowe did his best Heathcliff Slocumb impersonation. With two outs, he gave up a run, cutting the lead to 6-5. Two more walks loaded the bases before Michael Barrett hit a comebacker to the mound. Lowe was able to get it to first just in time to retire the batter and end the game! The Red Sox fans in attendance were so excited, that when Jerry Remy stuck his head out of the broadcast booth after the game, we chanted "Remy! Remy!" until he acknowledged with a wave. I've seen a lot of things, but I've never before seen an announcer receive a curtain call on the road! He said he even had fans running up to his cab and cheering as he left the ballpark that night.

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