The Red Sox claimed a stunning 7-6 walkoff victory over the Rangers, in no small part on the strength of contributions from a pair of players who did not begin the day on their major league roster.
Darnell McDonald -- who was added to the roster less than two hours before the game when Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the D.L. -- hit a bases-loaded, two-out walkoff single off the Green Monster off of reliever Frankie Francisco in the bottom of the ninth to propel the Sox to a win and allow them to snap their five-game losing streak.
The Sox erased a 6-2 deficit en route to their first victory since last Wednesday. Trailing 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Sox received something of a gift from the Rangers when Josh Reddick -- called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill in for the injured Mike Cameron on Tuesday -- hit a cloud-scraping pop-up with two out and two on in the bottom of the sixth. But Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton misjudged the pop-up, which fell just inside the left-field line a couple feet from the grandstand for a two-run double.
With the Sox still down 6-4 in the eighth, McDonald pinch-hit for Reddick with no outs and a runner on second. McDonald took four pitches to get to a 2-2 count, then jumped on a slider from lefty Darren Oliver, which he belted into the Monster Seats in left-center for a two-run homer. That tied the game at 6-6, positioning the Sox for the victory. (For more on McDonald's improbable day, which began in an undisclosed "secret location," click here.)
After starter Tim Wakefield allowed six runs in six innings of work, the Sox benefited from three shutout innings of relief by Manny Delcarmen (1.2 innings), Hideki Okajima (one batter) and Jonathan Papelbon (one inning). Papelbon earned the win.
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