Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz is greeted at the dugout after hitting a three-run homer against the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Tim Wakefield joined Jason Marquis of the Colorado Rockies as the only 11-game winners as the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Oakland A’s 5-4 in front of 37,981 at Fenway Park.

The win for the Red  Sox give them a record of 51-33 and helps maintain their 1-game lead over the Yankees, who won tonight in Minnesota. The A’s fall to 35-48.

Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon made it interesting with a 5-3 lead in the 9th after throwing a 3 strikeout save last night.

He started the inning with a walk to Adam Kennedy and then allowed a single to Orlando Cabrera as Kennedy stopped at third. Scott Hairston then crushed a fastball from Papelbon that probably would have been gone out of the ballpark had it not been for a stiff wind blowing in. It ended up being a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-4.

Papelbon struck out Matt Holliday for the second out and Kurt Suzuki followed with a single. Papelbon struck out Jack Cust to end the game and pick up his 22nd save of the season.

Boston Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield tips his cap to cheering fans after being taken out in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics in their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Wakefield gave up a lot of hits tonight but was able to get out trouble when he needed to. He went 6+ innings, allowing 3 runs on 10 hits  and a walk while striking out 8. His knuckleball was nasty for most of the night and even pulled out a 60 MPH curveball to strikeout Holliday at one point in the game.

Manny Delcarmen gave up a hit and a walk in 2/3 of an inning out of the Red Sox bullpen. Hideki Okajima bailed him out with a perfect 1 1/3 innings.

Trevor Cahill was outstanding for the A’s through the first four innings, allowing just a hit. Then he came unglued in the 5th and eventually gave up 4 runs in the 6th. He went 5 1/3 innings, allowing the 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2.

Dustin Pedroia continues to rake at the plate as he had three hits. David Ortiz had a big RBI night as he drove in 4. Three of those four runs came on a 3-run homer.  J.D. Drew had a solo blast before Big Papi’s for his only hit of the night.

The Red Sox will now host the Kansas City Royals for four games before the All-Star break. They’ll luck out as they won’t have to face Royals ace Zack Greinke.  Luke Hochevar starts for the Royals and he’ll be opposed by Brad Penny.