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Long and short of Ortiz helps Red Sox end skid

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Big Papi can bunt, too.

David Ortiz homered and had a rare bunt single to help the Boston Red Sox end a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

Ortiz hit a two-run shot off Josh Towers (0-4) in the first for his eighth home run. He has 10 homers in his last 13 games against Toronto.

When Toronto's defense shaded toward right field in a defensive shift in the sixth, Ortiz executed a perfect bunt between the mound and third base. Third baseman Troy Glaus, playing short, didn't even get a throw off.

Ortiz called the defensive shift "bull."

"You got to do what you got to do," Ortiz said. "They've been taking a lot of hits away from me between first and second, so I just got to keep doing it."

Toronto first baseman Lyle Overbay told Ortiz he should have done it earlier.

It was Ortiz's second career bunt, his previous was August 21, 2005 versus Anaheim.

"He did that on his own. I would never tell the big boy to go out and bunt, but I understand it," Boston manager Terry Francona said.

"He's a pretty good bunter. He came up with the Minnesota Twins. He was taught how to do it. He sort of has the green light to do that."

Boston starter Matt Clement (2-1) allowed three runs and seven hits, while striking out four and walking two in 5 1/3 innings.

Keith Foulke and Mike Timlin followed with 2 2/3 scoreless innings before Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.

Boston's new closer has pitched 11 1/3 scoreless innings.

"From Foulke to Timlin to Papelbon, they did a great job against a tough lineup," Francona said.

Gregg Zaun hit a three-run homer for the Blue Jays, who had won their previous five games against Boston.

Towers struggled again, allowing four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He's allowed at least four runs in each of his four starts this season.

"Hopefully, I can concentrate on what went well," Towers said. "I felt like I located the ball well with a couple of exceptions."

Towers hit the first batter of the game, Kevin Youkilis, before Ortiz homered to left.

Manny Ramirez and Trot Nixon followed with singles before Mike Lowell hit an RBI single to make it 3-0.

After Towers hit Willie Harris with a pitch in the fourth, Harris stole second and later scored on Youkilis' RBI single.

Third baseman Lowell's throwing error in the fourth allowed Vernon Wells to reach before Overbay walked and Zaun homered to cut Boston's lead to 4-3.

Toronto loaded the bases in the fifth before Zaun hit a fly ball to right, but Nixon made a running catch at the wall to end the threat.

"He came up with a great play that will probably get overlooked. It was huge," Clement said.

Mark Loretta's RBI single off Vinnie Chulk in the eighth, and Lowell's RBI double in the ninth made it 6-3.

Notes

  • Ortiz is 5-for-11 with three home runs and eight RBI in his career against Towers.
  • Charlie Villanueva of the NBA Toronto Raptors threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Toronto ace Roy Halladay will receive an extra days rest before he makes his start on Thursday. Halladay won in his return to the rotation on Saturday. He missed a scheduled start because of a stiff arm.
 
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Boston's Kevin Youkilis congratulates David Ortiz on Ortiz's first-inning homer. (AP)
Boston's Kevin Youkilis congratulates David Ortiz on Ortiz's first-inning homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

M. Lowell
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Toronto

G. Zaun
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5121024 .318
    J.T. Snow, 1B0000000 .125
Mark Loretta, 2B6011005 .238
David Ortiz, DH5122002 .293
Manny Ramirez, LF3110202 .273
Trot Nixon, RF4010105 .372
Jason Varitek, C4110002 .226
Mike Lowell, 3B4022100 .277
Willie Harris, CF3100105 .100
Alex Gonzalez, SS4120103 .211
Totals3861266228 
Batting
2B - Mike Lowell (9, Marcum)
HR - David Ortiz (8, Towers)
SH - Jason Varitek (1)
RBI - Kevin Youkilis (11), Mark Loretta (9), David Ortiz 2 (16), Mike Lowell 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis (7), Mike Lowell (3)
SB - Willie Harris (1, 2nd base off Towers/Zaun)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Youkilis-A. Gonzalez, A. Gonzalez-Loretta-Snow
E - Mike Lowell (2, throwing error)
Boston Red Sox
Matt Clement (W,2-1) 5.1732241 6.17
Keith Foulke (H,2) 1.2000030 3.55
Mike Timlin (H,5) 1100020 2.25
Jonathan Papelbon (S,8) 1200010 0.00
HBP - Rios (by Matt Clement), V. Wells (by Matt Clement)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Clement 97-57, Keith Foulke 20-13, Mike Timlin 21-16, Jonathan Papelbon 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Clement 7-5, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Clement 27, Keith Foulke 5, Mike Timlin 4, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS5020012 .268
Frank Catalanotto, LF5020003 .429
Vernon Wells, CF4110022 .389
Troy Glaus, 3B5000035 .281
Lyle Overbay, 1B2110200 .277
Gregg Zaun, C4113014 .273
Eric Hinske, DH4020011 .375
Alex Rios, RF3000023 .375
Aaron Hill, 2B4010002 .217
Totals36310321022 
Batting
HR - Gregg Zaun (2, Clement)
RBI - Gregg Zaun 3 (7)
Team LOB - 10
Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Towers (L,0-4) 5.2744311 8.35
Scott Schoeneweis 1.1100100 2.35
Vinnie Chulk0211100 5.59
B.J. Ryan 1000000 0.00
Shaun Marcum 1211110 9.00
IBB - Lowell by Josh Towers, Ramirez by Scott Schoeneweis
HBP - Youkilis (by Josh Towers), Harris (by Josh Towers)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Towers 95-58, Scott Schoeneweis 20-12, Vinnie Chulk 16-8, B.J. Ryan 16-10, Shaun Marcum 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Towers 9-7, Scott Schoeneweis 3-1
Batters Faced - Josh Towers 29, Scott Schoeneweis 6, Vinnie Chulk 3, B.J. Ryan 3, Shaun Marcum 6
Game Information
Attendance - 28737
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Jerry Meals