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Ortiz's decisive HR makes it 40 for Boston's super slugger

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- David Ortiz's belt buckle said it all: "Superman."

Ortiz hit two home runs Monday night, including a drive in the 11th inning that gave the Red Sox a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

"He's unbelievable," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "On a night when you are on the road and you give up the lead, and you find a way to win, that's enormous."

Manny Ramirez also homered for the Red Sox, who bounced back after wasting a 5-0 lead. They moved 3½ games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

Ortiz hit a solo homer off Ted Lilly in the fourth before his go-ahead drive against Pete Walker (6-5), which gave him his eighth multihomer game this season. Ortiz has 40 homers, one short of the career high he set last year, and joined Carl Yastrzemski (1969 and '70) as the only Boston players with consecutive 40-homer seasons.

"You have to bring your 'A' game. Those guys, man, you can't give them a lot of chances," said Ortiz, whose team is just 4-8 against Toronto this season. "They've been coming back on us the whole season."

Jonathan Papelbon (1-1) pitched three hitless innings for his first major-league victory.

"It's his first time in the big leagues but he pitches like he's been around forever," Ortiz said. "He reminds me of Roger Clemens, the attitude, the arm. When he gets more experience, he's going to be filthy. He's filthy already."

Toronto scored five runs in the seventh after Boston starter Bronson Arroyo allowed the first three batters to reach. Gabe Gross had an RBI single off Keith Foulke, Russ Adams hit a sacrifice fly off Foulke and Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer off Mike Timlin.

"It was a fun inning," Wells said. "Unfortunately, it wasn't enough."

Ortiz's first homer hit off the scoreboard in right. just below the Hard Rock Cafe. After Ortiz singled in the sixth, Ramirez hit his 35th homer, a drive off the Windows restaurant in center field.

"You watch Ortiz over the last few years, there's not a more clutch player out there," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "And you can't walk him because Ramirez hits behind him."

Boston increased the lead in the seventh on Edgar Renteria's RBI single and Ortiz's run-scoring grounder off Vinnie Chulk.

Arroyo allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings, tying his career-high with five walks.

Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon didn't play because of a sore left shoulder and is to return to Boston for an MRI exam. Damon got a cortisone shot after Friday night's game in New York, sat out Saturday and was Boston's designated hitter on Sunday.

Notes

  • Damon has been playing with discomfort since hurting the shoulder on a slide the previous Sunday against Baltimore.
  • Toronto 2B Orlando Hudson has missed four straight games because of sprained left ankle and Gibbons said he won't be back before the weekend. Rookie Aaron Hill has played 2B in his place.
 
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David Ortiz joins Carl Yastrzemski as the only players with consecutive 40-homer years in Sox history.  (AP)
David Ortiz joins Carl Yastrzemski as the only players with consecutive 40-homer years in Sox history. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Toronto

V. Wells
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Boston Red Sox
Tony Graffanino, 2B6110010 .306
Edgar Renteria, SS6011010 .281
David Ortiz, DH5333110 .295
Manny Ramirez, LF6132000 .285
Jason Varitek, C5010023 .289
Kevin Millar, 1B3020100 .279
    Adam Stern, PR0000000 .133
    John Olerud, 1B1000000 .324
Trot Nixon, RF4000102 .279
Bill Mueller, 3B3000204 .295
Gabe Kapler, CF5110013 .250
Totals4461265612 
Batting
HR - David Ortiz 2 (40, Lilly, Walker), Manny Ramirez (35, Lilly)
RBI - Edgar Renteria (61), David Ortiz 3 (126), Manny Ramirez 2 (122)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (43), Manny Ramirez 2 (44)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Millar, Graffanino-Renteria-Millar, Renteria-Olerud
E - Jason Varitek (7, Wild throw)
Boston Red Sox
Bronson Arroyo 6533500 4.42
Keith Foulke (H,1) 0.2111010 5.91
Mike Timlin (BS,6) 1.1211011 1.99
Jonathan Papelbon (W,1-1) 3000110 2.77
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 110-66, Keith Foulke 11-10, Mike Timlin 24-15, Jonathan Papelbon 45-30
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 6-10, Mike Timlin 2-0, Jonathan Papelbon 2-6
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 26, Keith Foulke 3, Mike Timlin 5, Jonathan Papelbon 10
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS4001001 .263
Frank Catalanotto, LF5010012 .290
    Reed Johnson, LF0000000 .271
Vernon Wells, CF4123100 .271
Corey Koskie, 3B2000311 .236
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B5000004 .292
Eric Hinske, DH4120100 .264
Gregg Zaun, C5120001 .261
Aaron Hill, 2B4100102 .269
Gabe Gross, RF4111012 .264
Totals375856313 
Batting
2B - Frank Catalanotto (24, Arroyo)
HR - Vernon Wells (25, Timlin)
SF - Russ Adams (7)
RBI - Russ Adams (60), Vernon Wells 3 (83), Gabe Gross (2)
2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells 3 (33)
SB - Gregg Zaun (2, 3rd base off Arroyo/Varitek)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hill-R. Adams-Hillenbrand
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly 5.2533132 5.61
Vinnie Chulk 0.2522100 3.68
Brandon League 0.2000100 7.62
Scott Schoeneweis 0.2000000 3.81
Justin Speier 1000110 2.64
Jason Frasor 1.1100110 3.56
Pete Walker (L,6-5) 1111011 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 94-57, Vinnie Chulk 10-4, Brandon League 6-2, Scott Schoeneweis 3-3, Justin Speier 12-6, Jason Frasor 27-16, Pete Walker 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 5-9, Vinnie Chulk 2-0, Brandon League 1-0, Scott Schoeneweis 1-1, Jason Frasor 1-2, Pete Walker 1-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 23, Vinnie Chulk 8, Brandon League 2, Scott Schoeneweis 2, Justin Speier 4, Jason Frasor 6, Pete Walker 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24617
Game Time - 4:07
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - John Hirschbeck