The Red Sox hacked away for 2.1 innings, allowing Eric Milton to throw only 16 pitches to get seven outs, then got down to business.
Edgar Renteria's two-run double to dead center started things off, Manny Ramirez belted a three-run homer that clanked off Wily Mo Pena's glove down the right field line and Matt Clement struck out a season-high nine batters in eight innings.
Johnny Damon had his 11th three-hit game of the season (which leads the AL). He also leads the league with 87 hits.
Milton's pitches by innings: 9-5-23 29-10-23.
First Oddity of the Night: The Red Sox held a ceremony naming the left field foul pole the Fisk Foul Pole, but NESN did not mention it in its game broadcast (which started at 7:00) until the bottom of the 5th and did not show any video until the top of the 6th.
Second Oddity of the Night: Mark Bellhorn went 0-for-4, but did not strike out.
David Wells / Luke Hudson at 7:00