TORONTO -- Big Papi can bunt, too.
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.
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.
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.
|Boston's Kevin Youkilis congratulates David Ortiz on Ortiz's first-inning homer. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||5||1||2||1||0||2||4||.318|
|J.T. Snow, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Mark Loretta, 2B||6||0||1||1||0||0||5||.238|
|David Ortiz, DH||5||1||2||2||0||0||2||.293|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||3||1||1||0||2||0||2||.273|
|Trot Nixon, RF||4||0||1||0||1||0||5||.372|
|Jason Varitek, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.226|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||4||0||2||2||1||0||0||.277|
|Willie Harris, CF||3||1||0||0||1||0||5||.100|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||1||2||0||1||0||3||.211|
|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|
|DP - Youkilis-A. Gonzalez, A. Gonzalez-Loretta-Snow|
|E - Mike Lowell (2, throwing error)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Matt Clement (W,2-1)||5.1||7||3||2||2||4||1||6.17|
|Keith Foulke (H,2)||1.2||0||0||0||0||3||0||3.55|
|Mike Timlin (H,5)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.25|
|Jonathan Papelbon (S,8)||1||2||0||0||0||1||0||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, SS||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.268|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||5||0||2||0||0||0||3||.429|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.389|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||3||5||.281|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.277|
|Gregg Zaun, C||4||1||1||3||0||1||4||.273|
|Eric Hinske, DH||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.375|
|Alex Rios, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.375|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.217|
|HR - Gregg Zaun (2, Clement)|
|RBI - Gregg Zaun 3 (7)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Josh Towers (L,0-4)||5.2||7||4||4||3||1||1||8.35|
|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|
|Attendance - 28737|
|Game Time - 3:14|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Jerry Meals|