BOSTON -- Johnny Damon stepped to the plate to lead off the game and was booed for 30 seconds by the crowd at Fenway Park.
Somewhere in there, though, were just enough cheers to make him raise his new Yankees helmet.
"I planned on doing it if I heard enough cheering, and I did," Damon said.
But the Red Sox fans saved their loudest cheers for David Ortiz, who hit a three-run homer into a strong wind, giving the Red Sox a 7-3 win over the New York Yankees on Monday night and spoiling Damon's return to Boston.
Damon was booed in each of his other three at-bats and went 0-for-4.
"You know they're booing a uniform now," he said. "They don't boo bad players. They boo good players."
Damon could only stand and watch from a few feet away as Ortiz's 11th homer of the season sailed into Boston's bullpen in right-center field in the eighth.
Mark Loretta, in a 1-for-17 slump, had broken a 3-3 tie with an RBI single earlier in the inning in his first game as part of baseball's biggest rivalry. The first series of the season between the teams wraps up Tuesday night.
"What an atmosphere," said Loretta, traded from San Diego in the offseason. "Every game at Fenway Park has been electric, but tonight was extra electric and (there was) a great buzz out there."
That usually happens when the teams face each other. Throw in Damon's return after four years as a fan favorite -- before he left as a free agent -- and the crowd was excited even before the first pitch.
"It was kind of sad," Boston's Kevin Youkilis said of the reaction to Damon. "He acknowledged the crowd (with his helmet) and they didn't want any part of it."
Fans even taunted Damon, chanting "Johnny! Johnny!" after Ortiz's homer.
Damon couldn't do much with the previous batter either. He could only trot in to pick up Loretta's single through the middle off Tanyon Sturtze.
Mike Timlin (3-0) got the win with help from Jonathan Papelbon, who retired the side in order in the ninth with two strikeouts and is unscored upon in 15 1/3 innings this season. Aaron Small (0-1) took the loss after going 10-0 for the Yankees last season.
It was a bad night for another former Red Sox player. Mike Myers, Boston's lefty specialist last year, entered the game after the single by Loretta and gave up Ortiz's drive on a full count.
"You had to hit it good with the wind blowing like 100 miles an hour," Ortiz said.
Manager Joe Torre marveled at Ortiz's power.
"If anybody is going to do it, Big Papi is going to find his way through the wind," Torre said. "I just thought the count was probably the difference. He had to throw a strike."
Another returning player who had a more pleasant night was Boston catcher Doug Mirabelli, reacquired earlier Monday from San Diego where he had been traded for Loretta last December. Boston obtained him to resume his role as knuckleballer Tim Wakefield's personal catcher after Josh Bard, who went to the Padres, had 10 passed balls in Wakefield's four previous starts.
Mirabelli arrived at Fenway 13 minutes before the game and went 0-for-4 but didn't have a passed ball and threw out a runner trying to steal.
"You can't even imagine how much work went into just getting here," he said. "I don't think I have been that nervous in a ballgame ever in my career."
Before the game, Damon, who spent the past four seasons with Boston, said, "I'm just really excited about taking the field" and he wasn't nervous.
When he was retired in the first on an easy popup to right fielder Trot Nixon, the crowd roared when he reached second and turned back toward the visitors' dugout. Damon was retired easily in his next three at-bats on a groundout to Wakefield, a popup to third and a groundout to second.
When he took the field in the bottom of the first, fans threw pieces of green paper on the warning track behind him. Most of it was fake money but some real bills were mixed in. Damon signed a four-year contract with New York worth $52 million, $12 million more than Boston offered over the same span.
The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first when Youkilis led off with a walk, took second on a groundout and scored on a single by Ortiz.
Wakefield allowed just a hit and a walk through three innings before falling behind 3-1 in the fourth. The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs on a single by Derek Jeter and walks to Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez.
Boston tied it in the fourth when Alex Cora and Youkilis singled before Loretta bunted into a forceout at third. Ortiz loaded the bases with a single before Manny Ramirez singled in one run and Nixon tied it with an RBI groundout to first.
In the eighth, Cora walked and Youkilis was hit by a pitch before Loretta's single to Damon broke the tie.
- Mirabelli threw out Miguel Cairo trying to steal on a pitchout in the third. At San Diego, Mirabelli threw out two of six players attempting to steal.
- Small pitched his first game after being activated Sunday from the disabled list where he had been since the start of the season.