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Boston at Toronto

W: H. Okajima (4-0) L: C. Janssen (2-4)
S: J. Papelbon (29)
HR: BOS - D. Ortiz (18), J. Bay (26)   TOR - R. Ruiz (3), T. Snider (4), R. Barajas (11)

Ortiz helps Red Sox edge Jays in high-scoring contest

CBSSports.com wire reports

TORONTO -- David Ortiz wasn't in the original starting lineup. He made the most of his late addition.

Ortiz homered and scored three times, including the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-9.

"We've got to try to win some games," Ortiz said. "We're against the ropes. It's all about winning games right now. That's it."

Jason Bay also homered for the Red Sox, who are tied with Texas in the AL wild card race. Left-hander Hideki Okajima (4-0) pitched one perfect inning for the win.

Marco Scutaro hit a two-run single off Jonathan Papelbon in the eighth but the Boston closer got Adam Lind to fly out to the warning track in left, leaving the bases loaded.

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Papelbon pitched around a leadoff single and a two-out walk in the ninth to earn his 29th save in 32 chances.

"There's something to be said for persistence," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "That was a very loseable game and it would have been heartbreaking. Because of the way the guys played, we ended up with a very difficult win."

Pressed into action when catcher Jason Varitek was scratched because of muscle spasms in his neck, Ortiz went 2-for-3 with two walks and three RBI.

"It's nice to see," Francona said. "It shows you what I know. I didn't even have him in there to begin with."

Getting the late call didn't disrupt Ortiz's rhythm.

"You've got to mentally be ready for anything," he said.

With the score tied 7-all, Ortiz walked to begin the eighth and took second on Nick Green's single. Alex Gonzalez bunted back to the mound but Casey Janssen (2-4) bobbled the ball, then threw wildly to first, allowing Ortiz to score.

Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a sacrifice fly and, one out later, Victor Martinez added an RBI double.

Batting seventh for the second time in four games, Ortiz homered to center on the first pitch of the fourth, his 18th.

"He had a huge game for us," Bay said of Ortiz. "It's one of those things where, if you get him hot at the right time it kind of helps everybody out."

Bay matched Ortiz one inning later, drilling the first pitch of the fifth off the facing of the second deck in right-center, his 26th and sixth in 10 games.

Toronto got solo homers from Randy Ruiz and Travis Snider, who was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier in the day, but still lost for the fifth time in six games.

Staked to a four-run lead, Josh Beckett's bid to become baseball's first 15-game winner ended when he gave up a game-tying, two-run homer to Rod Barajas in the sixth.

"I didn't have much and they knew it," Beckett said. "They were attacking me."

Beckett allowed seven runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Blue Jays rookie left-hander Ricky Romero didn't figure in the decision despite allowing a career-high six runs, five earned, and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, the shortest of his young career. Romero, who walked three and struck out two, is 0-2 with a 10.50 ERA in three career starts against Boston.

"The whole offense did a good job getting us back in the game," Romero said. "It's just unfortunate that we didn't do a good job on the mound today."

The Red Sox jumped on Romero with a four-run second. Ortiz hit a two-run double, Alex Gonzalez had an RBI grounder and Ellsbury capped it with an RBI single.

Ruiz's homer, his third, and Edwin Encarnacion's sacrifice fly cut it to 4-2, but Ortiz's blast and another Ellsbury sacrifice fly gave Boston a 6-2 lead.

Snider and Bay traded homers, making it 7-3, but Toronto cut it to 7-5 on Lind's two-run single in the fifth, then tied it on Barajas' homer in the sixth.

Boston's Kevin Youkilis returned to the lineup after serving a five-game suspension for charging the mound and throwing his helmet at Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello on Aug. 11. Outfielder J.D. Drew also started for Boston after missing two games with a sore groin.


  • Boston RHP Tim Wakefield (back) threw a bullpen before the game and is still not ready to come off the DL.
  • Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia returned to Boston Tuesday afternoon to be with his wife as she gave birth to the couple's first child, Dylan.
  • Boston pitching coach John Farrell also left the team Tuesday and returned home to Cleveland for a personal matter. Bullpen coach Gary Tuck replaced Farrell.
  • OF Rocco Baldelli (ankle) went 0 for 3 with a strikeout in his first rehab game at Triple-A Pawtucket.
  • Mike Lowell played his 1500th career game.
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David Ortiz, who slides safely past catcher Rod Barajas, scores three times and provides a HR and three RBI.  (AP)
David Ortiz, who slides safely past catcher Rod Barajas, scores three times and provides a HR and three RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Ortiz
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1

R. Barajas
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Jason Bay, LF3211212 .260
Mike Lowell, 3B5110012 .298
David Ortiz, DH3323200 .224
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Alex Gonzalez, SS3111000 .209
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SF - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (6)
SH - J.D. Drew (1), Alex Gonzalez (7)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury 3 (40), Victor Martinez (79), Jason Bay (84), David Ortiz 3 (68), Alex Gonzalez (27)
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Team LOB - 7
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett 5.1977143 3.38
Manny Delcarmen 0.2000020 3.35
Hideki Okajima (W,4-0) 1000000 2.82
Daniel Bard (H,6) 0.2222010 3.50
Jonathan Papelbon (S,29) 1.1200300 2.08
WP - Josh Beckett (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 99-63, Manny Delcarmen 9-6, Hideki Okajima 9-8, Daniel Bard 9-6, Jonathan Papelbon 33-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 3-9, Hideki Okajima 3-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 26, Manny Delcarmen 2, Hideki Okajima 3, Daniel Bard 4, Jonathan Papelbon 9
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS5012011 .299
Aaron Hill, 2B4120100 .289
Adam Lind, LF5022004 .296
Lyle Overbay, 1B5010033 .266
    John McDonald, PR0000000 .267
Vernon Wells, CF5110012 .254
Randy Ruiz, DH4211112 .320
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3111101 .207
Rod Barajas, C5222002 .240
Travis Snider, RF3221110 .255
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HR - Randy Ruiz (3, Beckett), Rod Barajas (11, Beckett), Travis Snider (4, Beckett)
SF - Edwin Encarnacion (2)
RBI - Marco Scutaro 2 (53), Adam Lind 2 (76), Randy Ruiz (3), Edwin Encarnacion (19), Rod Barajas 2 (48), Travis Snider (13)
2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro 2 (20)
Team LOB - 8
DP - R. Romero-Hill-Overbay, Scutaro-Hill-Overbay, Encarnacion-Hill-Overbay
E - Casey Janssen (1, Throwing), Travis Snider (2, Dropped fly)
Toronto Blue Jays
Ricky Romero 3.2865321 3.95
Shawn Camp 1.2111001 3.09
Jesse Carlson 0.2100010 5.22
Casey Janssen (L,2-4) 1131120 6.04
Brian Tallet 1100010 4.95
Jason Frasor 1000200 1.87
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Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 78-46, Shawn Camp 21-13, Jesse Carlson 8-6, Casey Janssen 23-15, Brian Tallet 19-13, Jason Frasor 21-10
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Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 21, Shawn Camp 6, Jesse Carlson 3, Casey Janssen 6, Brian Tallet 4, Jason Frasor 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25472
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Ted Barrett