BOSTON (AP) – Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer and Matt Clement rebounded from his only loss of the season to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Cincinnati Reds 10-3 Monday night in the first meeting of the teams since the 1975 World Series.

When the Reds last came to Fenway Park in October 1975, Carlton Fisk’s 12th-inning homer off the left-field foul pole gave Boston a 7-6 win in Game 6, with Fisk memorably jumping, trying to wave the ball fair. But the Reds rebounded to win Game 7 at Fenway by a 4-3 score.

During a pregame ceremony, the left-field foul pole was named the Fisk Pole in honor of the Hall of Famer, who was in attendance. Fisk threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his former batterymate, Luis Tiant.

“I don’t know if embarrassed is the right word. But you wonder whether you deserve it,” Fisk said. “Why isn’t it the Ted Williams Pole, or Yaz, or all the other great players?”

The right-field foul pole already is known as the Pesky Pole, named after former Boston infielder Johnny Pesky, and Ramirez homered near there in the five-run sixth inning.

Clement (7-1) allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings. He struck a season-high nine batters and walked one in his first start since giving up seven runs in a 9-2 loss at St. Louis.

Boston scored nine runs off Eric Milton (3-8), who matched his career-high for runs allowed, set in 2002 against Cleveland. He’s given up at least six runs in six of his last eight starts.

The Red Sox had 16 hits. one day after getting 17, their second most of the year, in an 8-1 win at the Chicago Cubs. They also had a season-high seven extra-base hits in each game. Johnny Damon had three singles after getting a double, triple and homer on Sunday night.

Leading 5-2, the Red Sox scored five runs with two outs in the sixth. They loaded the bases on a walk to Jay Payton, Damon’s third single and a walk to Edgar Renteria. David Ortiz followed with a two-run single. Matt Belisle replaced Milton. and Ramirez connected for a strange homer.

Wily Mo Pena chased Ramirez’s fly ball toward the right-field corner and appeared to get the ball in his glove. But the ball popped out as he collided with the low wall and it bounced into the stands for Ramirez’s 13th homer.

Cincinnati countered with a weird homer in the eighth, also down the right-field line. Javier Valentin’s fly ball just made it into the stands for his second homer, and the ball bounced off a fan and into right fielder Trot Nixon’s bare hand.

Boston had taken a 2-0 lead in the third on Renteria’s double. Payton started the rally with a one-out double and took third on Damon’s single. Renteria then lined a shot over center fielder Ryan Freel, who took a few steps in and couldn’t get back in time to make the catch.

The Red Sox made it 5-0 in the third. Ramirez led off with a ground-rule double and scored on Jason Varitek’s single. Bill Mueller doubled in Varitek then took third on Payton’s single. Damon’s single drove in Mueller.

Clement faced one batter over the minimum through four innings before allowing two runs in the fifth. Adam Dunn walked and scored on Felipe Lopez’s triple. Rich Aurilia’s sacrifice fly cut Boston’s lead to 5-2.

Notes: Boston bench coach Brad Mills ran the team while manager Terry Francona attended his daughter’s high school graduation. … Sean Casey extended his hitting streak to nine games. … For the second time in 14 starts, Milton didn’t allow a homer. He’s given up 22 homers this year, the most in the majors. The first batter after he left the game, Ramirez, homered off Belisle. … The Red Sox scored at least 10 runs for the sixth time this season and the first since a 17-1 win on May 28 at the New York Yankees.

AP-ES-06-13-05 2200EDT


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