Top 10 memories

Best moments en route to World Series title

Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter against Baltimore in just his second major league start on Sept. 1.
Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter against Baltimore in just his second major league start on Sept. 1.

The Boston Globe looks back at the 10 most memorable moments from the Red Sox’ 2007 championship season:

Mother’s Day Miracle: May 13 -- Red Sox 6, Orioles 5

Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez dropped Coco Crisp’s popup with one out in the ninth, starting a chain of events. With Baltimore up 5-0, Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie was lifted, and the game spun out of control. After a flurry of hits that didn’t stop until Julio Lugo reached first on an error that allowed the tying and winning runs to score, the Sox had recorded the win.


Clay Buchholz no-hitter: Sept. 1 -- Red Sox 10, Orioles 0

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In only his second major league start, Clay Buchholz justified the adoration and adulation that had come from all corners of Red Sox Nation (and the team’s scouting department). Here was the phenom they had been waiting for, and, in one magical night, he erased 27 Orioles for a no-hitter.

Back-to-back- to-back-to-back! April 22 -- Red Sox 7, Yankees 6

The brilliant display of power in the third inning began when Manny Ramírez hit a shot to the left of the Volvo sign. J.D. Drew then blasted one into the bleachers. Mike Lowell followed with a shot onto Lansdowne Street, and Jason Varitek finished it off by tying a major league record with a blow to the Monster seats.

Jon Lester’s return: July 23 -- Red Sox 6, Indians 2


Not quite as storybook as his start in Game 4 of the World Series, but a necessary step to get Jon Lester there. After months of treatment, rehab, and toiling in the minor leagues, Lester was brought to Cleveland for his first start since being diagnosed with cancer in late August 2006. And he made it a good one. Lester threw six innings, allowing two runs on a Grady Sizemore home run, in a 6-2 win.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s wild run: July 2 -- Red Sox 7, Rangers 3

Three days into his major league tenure, Jacoby Ellsbury did the nearly impossible. He scored on a wild pitch from second base. Texas reliever Willie Eyre hit catcher Gerald Laird in the leg with a pitch, which headed toward the visitors’ dugout, and Ellsbury was gone. He never stopped, never thought twice as third base coach DeMarlo Hale waved him home.

Delayed clincher: Sept. 28 -- Red Sox 5, Twins 2; Orioles 10, Yankees 9

Long after Daisuke Matsuzaka finished off the Twins, bringing the Red Sox closer to their first division title in 12 years, some members of the team sat in the clubhouse watching the Orioles play the Yankees. The Sox needed one more win (or a Yankee loss) to clinch. When Baltimore won on a 10th-inning bunt by Melvin Mora, the remaining fans enjoyed a party.


Curt Schilling’s one-hitter: June 7 -- Red Sox 1, Athletics 0

Curt Schilling was nearly unhittable. With two outs in the ninth inning against Oakland -- after a demoralizing loss to the Yankees, a cross-country trip, and two more losses to the A’s -- Schilling brought the crowd at McAfee Coliseum to its feet as he was one out away from throwing his first career no-hitter. Shannon Stewart broke it up with a single into right field on Schilling’s 98th pitch -- he threw a fastball; Jason Varitek wanted a slider.

Josh Beckett vs. Chien-Ming Wang: Sept. 15 -- Red Sox 10, Yankees 1

Not only was it billed as a battle of Cy Young candidates, but it was Red Sox-Yankees, at a time when the Sox’ lead in the American League East wasn’t all that secure. Josh Beckett took the mound with the possibility of the lead slipping to 3 1/2 games. In seven innings against the powerhouse lineup, Beckett gave up just three hits and one run, striking out seven.

Dustin Pedroia goes deep on Eric Gagné: May 27 -- Red Sox 6, Rangers 5

Dustin Pedroia and Eric Gagné waged an epic battle in the ninth inning in Texas. Called strike. Foul. Ball. Ball. Foul. Foul. Foul. Foul. Foul. Foul. Foul. Home run. On the 12th pitch of the at-bat in a one-run game, Pedroia served notice that, soon enough, he would be making a regular impact at the plate.

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s debut: April 5 -- Red Sox 4, Royals 1

Daisuke Matsuzaka lived up to the massive hype. The 26-year-old threw 108 pitches, struck out 10, and began what might just be a sterling career in the major leagues. But nothing was like that first moment. When Matsuzaka stepped to the mound, flashbulbs exploding, and threw his first pitch as a member of the Red Sox, it was momentous.