Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 5-4

The Red Sox didn’t need the defensive drama Nick Green provided, or Jonathan Papelbon’s ninth-inning nail-biting performance in earning his 22d save in a 5-4 win last night.

What they did need, and got, was a four-RBI night by David Ortiz, who stroked his 299th home run to help support Tim Wakefield’s 11th win, and a couple of defensive plays that literally saved the day.

What was a comfortable 4-1 Sox lead after six innings became a tight game. Green’s failure to find ...

On a night when the winds swirled, the July weather playing October, Scott Hairston’s mashed ball found its way into the glove of Jacoby Ellsbury in center field on what very easily could have been a damaging ninth-inning hit - in other conditions.

Hairston crushed that pitch. That was why, three innings earlier, it was such a feat of strength, of power, of David Ortiz’s swing being right, when he crushed a three-run homer to right field, where the bleachers meet the bo...