Texas at Boston

W: D. Matsuzaka (4-0) L: L. Mendoza (0-2)
HR: TEX - H. Blalock (3)   BOS - D. Ortiz (2), D. Pedroia (1)

Ortiz's grand slam powers Red Sox past Rangers

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BOSTON -- One swing by Big Papi brought relief to many at Fenway Park.

Slumping David Ortiz hit a grand slam, his eighth of his career, and went 2-for-4 with five RBI to lead the Red Sox to an 11-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

"I'm sure he's going to feel good about it," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "Obviously we do."

Daisuke Matsuzaka stayed unbeaten, and Dustin Pedroia hit his first homer, a two-run shot that capped Boston's five-run fourth inning.

The Red Sox won for the sixth time in seven games.

Ortiz entered the game hitting just .111, the lowest of any regular in the majors. His slam was his seventh with the Red Sox, and seventh at Fenway -- tying a record held by Ted Williams and Jim Rice.

Ortiz's slam -- his first hit at Fenway this season -- erased Boston's 1-0 deficit against starter Luis Mendoza (0-1) in the third after Jed Lowrie doubled and Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia walked. It was his second homer of the season.

"It's just a matter of time," Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek said. "It was a big lift for him."

The third started easily for Mendoza, who retired the first eight batters of the game. Varitek popped weakly to third and Sean Casey lined to short. Lowrie then doubled into the left-field corner.

Following the walks, Ortiz -- hitting just .109 when he came up -- walked slowly to the plate. The crowd, seemingly trying to help get the slugger on track, gave him a standing ovation. On the first pitch, he lofted a fly ball into the Green Monster seats' first row, and was serenaded with chants of "Papi, Papi" when he reached the dugout.

"He creates lift in a crowd regardless of whether he has a hit or not," Varitek said. "He's Big Papi for a reason."

When Ortiz reached the dugout, his teammates gave him the "silent treatment" before mobbing him.

"Even though the big boy is struggling, he's still dangerous," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

Ortiz left the clubhouse before speaking to reporters after the game, but said on the club's flagship radio station postgame show: "My teammates are the best. They are so happy to see me come through."

Matsuzaka (4-0) gave up three runs and five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He labored through the first three, throwing 62 pitches, but held the Rangers to one run and two hits.

Milton Bradley extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer for the Rangers.

The Red Sox chased Mendoza and scored five more in the fourth. Vartiek had an RBI double and scored on Lowrie's sacrifice fly. Ellsbury tripled home a run and Pedroia homered over the Monster.

"(I) try to stay ahead first pitch," Mendoza said of his fastball to Ortiz. "With the two walks, I started down. I just left the ball in the middle."

Mendoza was tagged for seven runs on five hits in three-plus innings.

Blalock homered into Boston's bullpen in the sixth.

Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly gave Texas a 1-0 lead in the third.


  • Ortiz was 0-for-18 at Fenway before the homer.
  • Ortiz had one slam at Fenway with Minnesota.
  • Texas LHP Kason Gabbard and OF David Murphy, each traded from the Red Sox last season at the deadline for reliever Eric Gagne, received their World Series rings Friday.
  • The Rangers' staff had allowed only nine homers coming in, the AL's second fewest.
  • J.D. Drew reached base for the 13th time in 14 games.
  • The Red Sox opened a stretch of 13 of their next 16 at home.
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David Ortiz watches his seventh grand slam with the Red Sox sail out of Fenway Park on Friday.  (AP)
David Ortiz watches his seventh grand slam with the Red Sox sail out of Fenway Park on Friday. (AP)

Players of the Game

H. Blalock
AB 4
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H 2
HR 1

D. Ortiz
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Ian Kinsler, 2B5110010 .290
Michael Young, SS4010100 .235
Josh Hamilton, CF3001011 .294
Milton Bradley, RF3110121 .352
Hank Blalock, 3B4122002 .316
David Murphy, LF3000100 .290
Frank Catalanotto, DH2010200 .244
Gerald Laird, C4000015 .235
Ben Broussard, 1B2000010 .191
   a- Jason Botts, PH-1B2000000 .133
a-grounded out for Broussard in the 7th
2B - Ian Kinsler (6, Matsuzaka), Michael Young (3, Matsuzaka), Milton Bradley (7, Matsuzaka), Frank Catalanotto (5, Matsuzaka)
HR - Hank Blalock (3, Matsuzaka)
SF - Josh Hamilton (3)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (16), Hank Blalock 2 (6)
SB - Ian Kinsler (6, 3rd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Kinsler-Young-Botts
E - Jason Botts (1, Missed catch of throw)
Texas Rangers
Luis Mendoza (L,0-2) 3577321 9.00
Josh Rupe 4422101 5.73
Dustin Nippert 1221120 11.37
HBP - Ortiz (by Josh Rupe)
Pitches-Strikes - Luis Mendoza 67-31, Josh Rupe 62-42, Dustin Nippert 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luis Mendoza 5-2, Josh Rupe 7-4, Dustin Nippert 1-0
Batters Faced - Luis Mendoza 17, Josh Rupe 17, Dustin Nippert 6
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF2311300 .229
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4212114 .324
David Ortiz, DH4125002 .134
Manny Ramirez, LF4010013 .338
    Joe Thurston, LF1000001 .000
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4010002 .364
J.D. Drew, RF3100111 .340
Jason Varitek, C4111000 .276
    Kevin Cash, C0000000 .200
Sean Casey, 1B4220000 .333
Jed Lowrie, SS3121011 .429
2B - Jason Varitek (5, Mendoza), Sean Casey (4, Nippert), Jed Lowrie (1, Mendoza)
3B - Jacoby Ellsbury (1, Rupe)
HR - Dustin Pedroia (1, Rupe), David Ortiz (2, Mendoza)
SF - Jed Lowrie (1)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (6), Dustin Pedroia 2 (8), David Ortiz 5 (9), Jason Varitek (6), Jed Lowrie (4)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz 5 (5)
Team LOB - 5
Boston Red Sox
Daisuke Matsuzaka (W,4-0) 5.1533241 3.14
Javier Lopez 1.2000100 4.26
David Aardsma 1100220 1.64
Mike Timlin 1000000 18.90
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 101-62, Javier Lopez 23-14, David Aardsma 30-17, Mike Timlin 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 6-6, Javier Lopez 3-2, David Aardsma 1-0, Mike Timlin 2-1
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 23, Javier Lopez 6, David Aardsma 6, Mike Timlin 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37902
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Gary Darling