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Ortiz homers, drives in three for Red Sox

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Beckett hollering at umpires and David Ortiz launching homers deep into the right field seats.

The Boston Red Sox are starting to look like their old selves in Minnesota.

Beckett struck out five and allowed two runs in six sharp innings and Ortiz homered with three RBI to lead the Red Sox to an 11-2 romp over the Twins on Tuesday night.

Beckett (2-2) allowed two runs and five hits and Mike Aviles went 4 for 5 with a homer and two RBI for the Red Sox, who had no trouble with this big lead after squandering a nine-run advantage in a loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Beckett jawed with home plate umpire Adrian Johnson after a rough first inning, but the fiery Texan finished his evening by striking out the side in the sixth.

"He was just missing with some pitches and got a little frustrated, possibly, but it really turned up his competitive fluids," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "He wasn't going to be denied the victory. He was terrific."

Beckett had a heck of a time in the first inning, needing 37 pitches to grind through it. He walked three straight hitters, including Justin Morneau with the bases loaded, to make it 3-1.

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Beckett gave several long looks toward Johnson on a couple of close pitches to Josh Willingham and Danny Valencia. After getting Valencia to ground out to end the inning, Beckett let out a scream as he walked off the mound and yelled "That's [expletive] five outs!" in Johnson's direction. As Johnson started to walk toward Beckett, Valentine briefly left the dugout to diffuse the situation.

"I was kind of ... trying to add to the noise just in case any magic words came out it wouldn't necessarily be attributed to Josh," Valentine said. "He was into it. I haven't seen Josh like that. It really seemed like this was a game he really wanted."

The only trouble Beckett gave the rest of the way was to the Twins offense. Willingham doubled home Jamey Carroll in the fifth, but that was all Minnesota could muster.

Beckett quickly squashed any line of questions surrounding Johnson.

"Sometimes I think you can waste too much energy with that stuff," Beckett said of pitching with emotion. "Today apparently it helped our guys though because they scored 11 runs."

Ortiz's monster, two-run shot in the third inning landed on the stairway in right field -- an estimated 429 feet -- to make it 5-1. It was the continuation of an incredible start for the 36-year-old slugger, who is hitting .444 with three homers and 15 RBI. His 28 hits are a career-high for April.

"I didn't learn how to hit yesterday," Ortiz said with a smile. "I've been doing this for years. Just taking what they give you."

Adrian Gonzalez had three hits and two RBI and Scott Atchison and Matt Albers pitched three innings of scoreless relief.

The Red Sox led the Yankees 9-0 after five innings on Saturday, but their beleaguered bullpen gave it all back and then some, including consecutive seven-run frames in a loss that Valentine termed rock bottom.

"We had the one at home and we let it get away," Valentine said. "I don't think that's going to be allowed again."

They have rebounded with two strong performances in Minnesota, which has lost four straight and is sinking plenty fast itself.

Nick Blackburn left his previous start in the sixth inning with stiffness in his right shoulder and was skipped the next time through the rotation. He gave up three runs and five hits in the first and needed 71 pitches to get through three innings.

Blackburn (0-2) gave up five runs and eight hits and Matt Maloney didn't fare any better, getting tagged for five runs and eight hits in 1 2-3 innings.

Willingham had two hits and an RBI for Minnesota.

"Our starters have to do a better job of getting deeper into the games, and we've got to get the ball out of those bullpen guys' hands or they're all not going to make it through this year," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Notes

  • OF Carl Crawford flew from Ft. Myers, Fla., to Boston for an examination on his strained left elbow. Valentine said Crawford wants to get a second opinion and it would remain a concern until he was deemed 100 percent.
  • The Twins placed INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka on the minor league DL with a high ankle sprain. GM Terry Ryan said Nishioka could miss 10 days with the injury.
  • The Twins planned to call up OF Ben Revere from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday to replace Willingham, who is taking three days of paternity leave while his wife has the couple's third child.
  • The Red Sox will send struggling RHP Clay Buchholz (1-1, 9.00 ERA) to the mound to go for the series sweep against Minnesota's RHP Liam Hendriks (0-0, 3.86 ERA) on Wednesday. Buchholz gave up six earned runs and five home runs in a loss to the Yankees last week.
 
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David Ortiz launches a home run that travels an estimated 429 feet in the Red Sox's victory.  (US Presswire)
David Ortiz launches a home run that travels an estimated 429 feet in the Red Sox's victory. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Boston

M. Aviles
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Aviles, SS5342010 .333
Ryan Sweeney, RF6121013 .392
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6211004 .284
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3232100 .302
   a- Lars Anderson, PH-1B11100001.000
David Ortiz, DH4123112 .444
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4020010 .200
   b- Nick Punto, PH-3B0000100 .267
Cody Ross, LF4001022 .263
   c- Darnell McDonald, PH-LF1001000 .107
Marlon Byrd, CF5120004 .115
Kelly Shoppach, C5010032 .333
Totals4411181139  
a-singled for Gonzalez in the 8th
b-walked for Youkilis in the 8th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Ross in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Aviles 2 (5, Blackburn, Maloney), Ryan Sweeney (9, Maloney), Dustin Pedroia (4, Maloney), Adrian Gonzalez (4, Maloney), Kelly Shoppach (5, Blackburn)
HR - Mike Aviles (3, Maloney), David Ortiz (3, Blackburn)
SH - Mike Aviles (2)
RBI - Mike Aviles 2 (10), Ryan Sweeney (7), Dustin Pedroia (7), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (12), David Ortiz 3 (15), Cody Ross (14), Darnell McDonald (2)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia (3), Adrian Gonzalez (4)
Team LOB - 10
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Beckett (W,2-2) 6522350 4.56
Scott Atchison 2000030 1.54
Matt Albers 1100000 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 100-65, Scott Atchison 26-19, Matt Albers 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 7-6, Scott Atchison 2-1, Matt Albers 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 26, Scott Atchison 6, Matt Albers 4
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF4020010 .333
Jamey Carroll, SS4200002 .232
Joe Mauer, 1B3010111 .313
Josh Willingham, LF2021100 .333
   a- Clete Thomas, PH-LF1000010 .182
Justin Morneau, DH3001103 .224
Ryan Doumit, C4000025 .226
Danny Valencia, 3B3000013 .210
   b- Sean Burroughs, PH1010000 .182
Chris Parmelee, RF4000021 .250
Trevor Plouffe, 2B4000001 .100
Totals3326238  
a-struck out for Willingham in the 8th
b-doubled for Valencia in the 9th
Batting
2B - Denard Span (5, Beckett), Josh Willingham 2 (6, Beckett, Beckett), Sean Burroughs (1, Albers)
RBI - Josh Willingham (13), Justin Morneau (7)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Willingham (5)
Team LOB - 7
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nick Blackburn (L,0-2) 3855121 7.53
Matt Maloney 1.2855031 8.10
Jeff Gray 2.1000040 1.93
Alex Burnett 2211200 0.84
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 71-44, Matt Maloney 37-27, Jeff Gray 26-18, Alex Burnett 42-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 6-1, Matt Maloney 2-0, Jeff Gray 1-2, Alex Burnett 5-1
Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 18, Matt Maloney 13, Jeff Gray 7, Alex Burnett 10
Game Information
Attendance - 33651
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Field Culbreth