OAKLAND -- What seemed lost was suddenly found, just in time, by David Ortiz.
After the Red Sox bullpen stumbled in the eighth and executed a complete face-plant in the ninth, Ortiz came to the rescue in the 10th inning, blasting a homer to left-center to deliver a 7-6 victory over the Oakland A's.
It was the second 10th inning homer in the last five days for Ortiz, who hit one in the bottom of the 10th Wednesday to tie the game 1-1. One batter later, Mike Napoli followed with a homer to win that one.
Ortiz had looked rather feeble in his first four at-bats, with a strikeout and three infield groundouts.
The Sox had what seemed like a comfortable 6-1 lead with five outs to go. But Jon Lester hit one batter and walked another with two outs in the eighth, and Burke Badenhop, who entered with a scoreless streak of 18 straight innings, then gave up three straight run-scoring hits.
In the bottom of the ninth, Koji Uehara then allowed two solo homers -- one to Stephen Vogt, the second to pinch-hitter John Jaso -- to blow his first regular season save in almost a year.
After Ortiz put the Sox ahead again, Uehara returned to earn his 16th save.
Contributions from some unlikely sources helped the Sox get out to a big lead.
David Ross homered for the first time in more than a month and a half, Jonathan Herrera tripled home a run and Mike Napoli became the first Red Sox player in 47 years to homer and steal home as the Sox built a cushion for Lester.
Jonny Gomes (three hits) stroked a two-run, two-out bases loaded singled in the first and the Sox added on from there. The homer by Ross pushed the lead to 3-0, while Napoli scored on the back-end of a double-steal with Jonathan Herrera in the third.
STAR OF THE GAME: David Ortiz
Ortiz was hitless in his first four plate appearances, but in a tie game in the 10th inning, belted his 10th career extra-inning homer to give the Red Sox the win.
HONORABLE MENTION: Jon Lester
Lester limited the A's to an unearned run over the first seven innings before hitting a batter and walking another with two outs in the eighth. When the bullpen came unglued in relief of him -- and again in the ninth -- he lost a chance at a win he deserved.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Fernando Abad
After his teammates had scored five runs in the eight and ninth to force a tie, Abad got beaten by the one guy who he couldn't let beat him - David Ortiz.
TURNING POINT: When David Ortiz grabbed a bat in the Red Sox dugout in the top of the 10th inning.
BY THE NUMBERS: Mike Napoli became the first Red Sox player since Rico Petrocelli in 1967 to homer and steal home in the same game.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "I don't know how I slid like that to avoid the tag. I came in and said I did some ninja move." - Mike Napoli on his steal of home.