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David Ortiz bunted the ball toward third base against shifted infield and then was lifted for a pinch-runner; he was 3 for 3. Ortiz, who could become a free agent if the team declines his $12.5 million option, waved his helmet to the cheering fans on the way to the dugout and was brought back out for a curtain call.

After Bill Hall walked, Ryan Kalish singled in one run and the runners moved up on a double steal. Daniel Nava was intentionally walked to load the bases, then Hall scored on Lars Anderson’s sacrifice fly. Kalish, who advanced to third on the sacrifice, stole home as part of a double steal with Nava.

Jason Varitek, the Red Sox captain who’s also eligible for free agency, got a standing ovation before his eighth-inning at-bat, a 390-foot out to center field. He was sent up to catch the ninth inning but pulled to a big cheer before the first pitch.

“We’re proud of the effort and proud of some of the things we accomplished but disappointed in the ultimate result,” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. “We didn’t reach our ultimate goal of getting to the playoffs and then trying to do some damage in October. That said, there’s still a lot to be proud of.”

NOTES: The crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to longtime Red Sox player and coach Johnny Pesky during the game. … Lowrie homered in the regular-season finale for the second straight year. … Kalish’s home plate steal was Boston’s first since Jacoby Ellsbury did it on April 26, 2009. … Cleveland’s Carlos Baerga was the last major-league second baseman to have consecutive 200-hit seasons, in 1992-93. … Lackey allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks. … The Red Sox extended their Fenway Park sellout streak to 631 games since May 15, 2003. … Entering Sunday, New York had a 4.66 ERA since Sept. 1, just 27th among the 30 major league teams, according to STATS. … With 125 RBIs, Rodriguez finished one behind AL leader Miguel Cabrera.