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Game 69: Green goes gonzo

Final - 6.21.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta Braves 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 5 14 0
Boston Red Sox 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 6 10 0
WP: Jonathan Papelbon (1 - 1)
LP: Jeff Bennett (2 - 4)

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Nick Green is a game-winning monster of a shortstop.

Green hit a walkoff solo home run in the 9th inning to give the Sox a 6-5 win over the Braves on Sunday, Father's Day.

David Ortiz also hit his 6th home run of the year in the first inning. Ortiz and Mark Kotsay each had two hits. Ortiz (2), Green, Jason Bay, J.D. Drew and George Kottaras had RBIs in the win.

Tim Wakefield started for the Sox and did just OK in the start. He went 6.2 innings and gave up nine hits, four runs, no walks and struck out two. Jonathan Papelbon earned the win with a rough 9th inning -- two walks and a hit. He didn't allow a runner to score, though.

Braves' manager Bobby Cox and Chipper Jones were ejected in the 7th inning. They didn't quite like the umpire's decisions and got booted.

Another good win for the Sox. The offense was pretty good today and it's nice to see the No. 8 hitter come up big. Green is hitting .293 on the season now. The Red Sox are now 31-13 with Green as the team's starting shortstop. Is it any more evident now? Julio Lugo can no longer be on this team. He can no longer take starts away from Green. With Jed Lowrie on the verge of coming back, it's even more of a reason to try and trade Lugo (although that's unlikely) or cut him.