New York Mets defeat Boston Red Sox, 3-2

The first pitch from Jonathan Papelbon to Omir Santos with two outs in the ninth inning last night rocketed off the bat to left field, where it kicked off the shelf above the Green Monster.

The ball fell back into the field of play, where Jason Bay relayed it to the infield in an effort to keep Gary Sheffield from scoring. And though the umpires signaled that the ball had not left the park, it was clear on replay that Santos had recorded his second home run of the season.
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BOSTON - Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon tracked the ball off Omir Santos' bat to where it caromed in left field, off a lip above the top of the Green Monster. He saw it as a home run all the way, but began to get his hopes up as the umpiring crew huddled on the infield dirt.

"I thought it was a home run, I did," Papelbon said. "I saw it go over the line and I thought I was going to get away with one for a little bit there."

Play stopped with runners and second and ...

BOSTON - Francisco Rodriguez was taken to a Boston hospital via ambulance after Saturday night's dramatic 3-2 win over the Red Sox with back spasms that made him so uncomfortable, team brass didn't want him to have to navigate traffic in a private vehicle or team bus, a Mets official said.

K-Rod's back locked up while he ran in the outfield at Fenway Park before the game.

The closer slowly dressed after the team's victory. Bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello helped him b...

BOSTON - Upon further review, Omir Santos is a hero.

With the gimpy Mets down to their final out at Fenway Park Saturday night, and Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon having blown away David Wright and Jeremy Reed on strikeouts, the third-string catcher jumped on a first-pitch fastball for a two-run homer that lifted the Mets to a 3-2 victory that may define their season.

That is, Santos delivered the decisive blast after the initial call that the ball had struck high ...