Anaheim at Boston

L.A. Angels
W: C. Schilling (7-5) L: J. Weaver (8-6)
HR: ANA - C. Figgins (3), V. Guerrero (19)   BOS - D. Ortiz (21)

Ortiz caps BoSox rally with slam, makes Schilling a winner vs. Angels

CBS wire reports

BOSTON -- David Ortiz's left shoulder hurts so badly sometimes that taking another swing seems too painful.

The Red Sox are happy he gave it another shot -- and put a hurting on the Angels instead.

Ortiz hit a grand slam deep into the right field seats in a six-run fifth inning that carried Boston to a 10-5 win over Los Angeles on Saturday night in a matchup of teams with the two best records in baseball.

"Sometimes you swing, you miss a pitch and I don't feel like I want to swing again, but it's feeling a little better," said Ortiz, who was hurt on a slide into second July 20. "I'm just going to try to hang in there."

He's also playing with an injured right knee that, along with his shoulder, was heavily wrapped as he sat by his locker after the game.

Jered Weaver, who allowed the grand slam, stood in his clubhouse with a stern look.

"With the bases loaded with the heat of their order coming up, what are you going to do?" he said.

He chose to go right at Ortiz rather than try to get the slugger to reach for a bad pitch. The first pitch was right down the middle and, seconds later, it was on the seats and the Red Sox had a 6-5 lead. They scored four more runs in the eighth.

"I don't get to see that many (pitches) like that," Ortiz said, "I don't measure my homers, but it was a pretty good one."

Weaver (8-6) allowed just two hits in four scoreless innings before failing to retire the first six batters in the fifth.

"Well, it certainly happened quickly," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's not a forgiving lineup."

Curt Schilling (7-5) got his first win since a one-hitter two months ago but allowed five runs in six innings.

"As much as I hate to say it, I am a work in progress in a lot of ways," said Schilling, who came off the disabled list Aug. 6. "I don't have the consistent low to mid-90s velocity."

The win kept Boston's AL East lead at five games over the New York Yankees, who beat Detroit.

When Ortiz made contact on his 21st homer, on-deck hitter Manny Ramirez raised his arms. Ramirez had little to celebrate when he struck out in his first four at-bats. Then he lined a two-run double in a four-run ninth and clapped his hands as he pulled into second base.

"I saw him pulling off a pitch," Ortiz said. "I started screaming at him to keep your shoulder close and try to hit the ball the other way and he definitely ended up doing it."

Jason Varitek followed with an RBI single and J.D. Drew scored on a wild pitch.

Schilling was 0-3 in four starts since just missing a no-hitter on June 7 in a 1-0 win at Oakland, when Shannon Stewart singled with two out in the ninth for the Athletics' only hit. He went on the disabled list on June 19 with tendinitis in his right shoulder.

He gave up homers to Chone Figgins and Vladimir Guerrero, raising his season total to 15 in 18 starts. But he was bailed out by the six-run rally, then pitched a perfect sixth inning before being replaced by Mike Timlin to start the seventh.

The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the first with the help of a fluke play. Orlando Cabrera broke his bat on a shot toward third. Kevin Youkilis moved to his right to avoid the bat and the ball went through the spot he had vacated for a double.

Cabrera took third on Guerrero's single and scored on a forceout at second.

Los Angeles made it 4-0 in the second on a double by Casey Kotchman, an RBI single by Reggie Willits and a two-run homer by Figgins, his third of the year.

Guerrero's 19th homer gave the Angels a 5-0 lead in the fifth.

Then Weaver couldn't keep the ball down or the Red Sox from scoring.

Eric Hinske got a broken-bat leadoff single with part of the wood sailing by Weaver and the ball going to first baseman Kotchman, who fielded it far from the bag.

"If the bat doesn't come at me, I'm able to get over to (cover) first and it's a different ballgame," Weaver said.

Coco Crisp then doubled and Alex Cora was hit by a pitch. Julio Lugo singled in two runs before Youkilis singled to reload the bases. Then Ortiz connected for his seventh career grand slam and Boston's fifth of the season.

Guerrero nearly tied the game in the seventh, but his drive off Timlin went to the deepest part of the field where Crisp made the catch in front of the 420-foot sign. That ended the inning and was the second of five consecutive putouts by the center fielder.


  • Weaver had been 18-0 with eight no decisions in 26 career starts when the Angels scored at least three runs while he was in the game.
  • Drew got his 1,000th career hit with a single up the middle after Ortiz's homer.
  • Figgins has two homers in the Angels last seven games after hitting one in the first 115.
  • Youkilis was 3-for-28 before his single in the fifth.
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David Ortiz watches his grand slam go as the Red Sox storm back with a six-run fifth inning.  (AP)
David Ortiz watches his grand slam go as the Red Sox storm back with a six-run fifth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Ortiz
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1

V. Guerrero
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Chone Figgins, 3B4112002 .338
Orlando Cabrera, SS4120001 .311
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4121002 .324
Garret Anderson, DH4001010 .271
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4000011 .267
Casey Kotchman, 1B4110000 .305
Maicer Izturis, 2B4000001 .258
Jeff Mathis, C3010011 .200
   a- Erick Aybar, PH1000010 .241
Reggie Willits, LF4121011 .299
a-struck out for Mathis in the 9th
2B - Orlando Cabrera (31, Schilling), Casey Kotchman (30, Schilling), Jeff Mathis (6, Schilling)
HR - Chone Figgins (3, Schilling), Vladimir Guerrero (19, Schilling)
RBI - Chone Figgins 2 (47), Vladimir Guerrero (97), Garret Anderson (40), Reggie Willits (32)
2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins 2 (19), Reggie Willits (11)
Team LOB - 4
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver (L,8-6) 4.1866151 4.16
Darren Oliver 2.1200230 4.06
Justin Speier 1244200 2.94
Greg Jones 0.1100100 6.23
IBB - Ortiz by Justin Speier
HBP - Cora (by Jered Weaver)
WP - Greg Jones (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 84-55, Darren Oliver 38-23, Justin Speier 23-12, Greg Jones 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Darren Oliver 2-2, Justin Speier 2-1, Greg Jones 1-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 23, Darren Oliver 11, Justin Speier 7, Greg Jones 3
Boston Red Sox
Julio Lugo, SS4122000 .241
Kevin Youkilis, 3B-1B5110013 .293
David Ortiz, DH3214212 .314
Manny Ramirez, LF5112041 .292
J.D. Drew, RF4110110 .265
Jason Varitek, C5021000 .265
Eric Hinske, 1B2110110 .198
   a- Mike Lowell, PH-3B1010100 .311
Coco Crisp, CF4110104 .273
Alex Cora, 2B3220003 .262
a-singled for Hinske in the 7th
2B - Julio Lugo (28, Jer. Weaver), Manny Ramirez (32, Speier), Coco Crisp (20, Jer. Weaver)
HR - David Ortiz (21, Jer. Weaver)
SH - Julio Lugo (7)
RBI - Julio Lugo 2 (59), David Ortiz 4 (79), Manny Ramirez 2 (82), Jason Varitek (51)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Ramirez 2 (31), Jason Varitek (20)
Team LOB - 10
Boston Red Sox
Curt Schilling (W,7-5) 6855032 4.25
Mike Timlin (H,6) 1100000 3.15
Hideki Okajima (H,22) 1000000 1.21
Jonathan Papelbon 1000020 1.83
Pitches-Strikes - Curt Schilling 85-63, Mike Timlin 13-8, Hideki Okajima 13-8, Jonathan Papelbon 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Curt Schilling 6-9, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0
Batters Faced - Curt Schilling 26, Mike Timlin 4, Hideki Okajima 3, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36652
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Brian Runge