Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night

BOSTON (AP) David Ortiz became one of the most celebrated players in Red Sox history during his storied 14-year run in Boston.

On the night he returned to Fenway to have his No. 34 take its place among the franchise's other legends, his former teammates did their part to make sure it was a memorable one.

Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon hit two-run homers and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Friday to cap a night in which Ortiz's number became the latest retired at Fenway Park.

It was the 250th career home run for Ramirez, a good friend of Ortiz who was also born in the Dominican Republic. Leon finished with three hits and four RBIs.

Ramirez said he played with Ortiz on his mind.

''He's my mentor, my big brother. He's everything,'' Ramirez said. ''Today when I saw him on the field crying, it made me cry.''

He said his home run was in Big Papi's honor.

''Definitely, definitely, definitely,'' he said. ''I was going to do his thing (pointing his hands in the air) but I forgot.''

The homers helped provide a nice cushion for Rick Porcello (4-9), who gave up four runs and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory. It was the 13th straight start Porcello has gone at least six innings.

''It was vintage Porcello,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''A couple of pitches that cut his night short, but he was crisp throughout.''

This could serve as a needed confidence boost for Porcello, who had been 0-4 with a 7.92 ERA in his previous five starts, allowing 47 hits and 27 earned runs.

He had command of his pitches early, holding the Angels scoreless until the fourth, when a catching error by Leon at home allowed Albert Pujols to cross the plate.

Porcello said he isn't sure if he has completely turned a corner yet after his slow start, but he has felt better in his recent starts.

''Today was a step in the right direction,'' he said.

Alex Meyer (3-4) allowed five runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles scored three runs in the seventh, but cooled off after Porcello left.

Boston got out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, scoring on an RBI double by Xander Bogaerts and then getting two more runs off wild pitches by Meyer.

Ramirez gave Porcello a 5-1 lead in the fourth with his two-run shot to right field.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Josh Rutledge was a pregame scratch with left hip soreness. Dustin Pedroia, who was only expected to play on an emergency basis, returned to the lineup a day earlier than expected after missing three straight games with a bruised back.

SLOW START

Meyer said he felt like the back-to-back walks he surrendered to the Red Sox first two hitters set a tone for his night.

''It's unacceptable,'' he said. ''You can't go out there and put two guys on basically before the game starts.''

Manager Mike Scioscia said he thinks he was too amped up, but Meyer disagreed.

''I didn't feel like my heart was ever racing,'' he said.

But he said he must avoid get behind the leadoff hitter 3-0, like he did against Mookie Betts Friday.

''It's really not acceptable you just have to be better than that,'' he said.

HONORING PAPI

Ortiz wiped away tears from his eyes as the Fenway crowd serenaded him with chants of ''Papi! Papi! Papi! during the pregame ceremony to retire his No. 34.

Pedroia addressed the Fenway crowd on behalf of Ortiz's former teammates during the ceremony and said his impact stretched beyond their experiences together on the baseball field.

''You're not a friend, you're not a teammate, you're our family,'' Pedroia said.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP JC Ramirez will be making his 14th start of the season and seventh on the road in 2017. He made four relief appearances last season against Boston. He's tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two career games at Fenway.

Red Sox: LHP David Price held the Angels to eight scoreless innings the last time he faced them in late July last season. He is 5-5 with a 3.26 ERA over 13 career starts against Los Angeles.

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  • W: R. Porcello (4-9)L: A. Meyer (3-4)
  • HR: BOS - H. Ramirez (10), S. Leon (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Maybin CF40000001.271.381.433.8140.0
K. Calhoun RF40210010.245.324.387.7113.5
A. Pujols DH41100021.239.285.384.6692.0
Y. Escobar 3B40200021.284.335.419.7542.0
L. Valbuena 1B40000023.188.288.323.611-1.0
A. Simmons SS40200001.281.338.410.7472.0
B. Revere LF31100101.206.221.301.5234.0
M. Maldonado C41110032.261.330.424.7543.5
C. Pennington 2B41110010.253.330.308.6383.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF31000102.270.349.481.8304.0
    D. Pedroia 2B31000100.292.366.370.7362.0
    X. Bogaerts SS41210010.325.378.478.8564.5
    M. Moreland 1B41100012.267.361.454.8151.5
    A. Benintendi LF41100011.273.339.438.7772.5
    H. Ramirez DH41121011.240.340.406.7466.5
    J. Bradley CF32200100.267.357.477.8345.0
    S. Leon C41341000.248.297.409.70612.0
    D. Marrero 3B40000023.165.206.308.514-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Calhoun (10), A. Pujols (7), Y. Escobar (15), B. Revere (6), C. Pennington (2)
      • 3B - M. Maldonado
      • RBI - K. Calhoun (37), M. Maldonado (22), C. Pennington (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Calhoun (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - X. Bogaerts (19), A. Benintendi (10), S. Leon (7)
      • HR - H. Ramirez (10), S. Leon (5)
      • RBI - X. Bogaerts (34), H. Ramirez 2 (28), S. Leon 4 (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Leon 4 (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (12)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (6)
      • E - S. Leon (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Meyer (L, 3-4)3.15552314.201.46-6.5
      E. Paredes2.22221116.751.131.5
      H. Street1.00000100.000.003.5
      J. Alvarez1.03220105.271.24-1.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Meyer (L, 3-4)3.1
      E. Paredes2.2
      H. Street1.0
      J. Alvarez1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 4-9)6.18431805.001.5320.0
      H. Hembree0.21000103.741.46-0.5
      J. Kelly (H, 9)1.01000101.141.142.5
      B. Boyer1.00000103.291.543.5
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 4-9)6.1
      H. Hembree0.2
      J. Kelly (H, 9)1.0
      B. Boyer1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Meyer 3 (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Meyer 87-54, E. Paredes 38-24, H. Street 11-10, J. Alvarez 16-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Meyer 3-4, E. Paredes 6-0, H. Street 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Meyer 17, E. Paredes 10, H. Street 3, J. Alvarez 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 102-73, H. Hembree 11-7, J. Kelly 14-8, B. Boyer 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 2-8, H. Hembree 1-0, J. Kelly 1-0, B. Boyer 1-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 27, H. Hembree 3, J. Kelly 3, B. Boyer 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Maybin CF40000001.271.381.433.8140.0
      K. Calhoun RF40210010.245.324.387.7113.5
      A. Pujols DH41100021.239.285.384.6692.0
      Y. Escobar 3B40200021.284.335.419.7542.0
      L. Valbuena 1B40000023.188.288.323.611-1.0
      A. Simmons SS40200001.281.338.410.7472.0
      B. Revere LF31100101.206.221.301.5234.0
      M. Maldonado C41110032.261.330.424.7543.5
      C. Pennington 2B41110010.253.330.308.6383.5
      Total354103011110-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF31000102.270.349.481.8304.0
        D. Pedroia 2B31000100.292.366.370.7362.0
        X. Bogaerts SS41210010.325.378.478.8564.5
        M. Moreland 1B41100012.267.361.454.8151.5
        A. Benintendi LF41100011.273.339.438.7772.5
        H. Ramirez DH41121011.240.340.406.7466.5
        J. Bradley CF32200100.267.357.477.8345.0
        S. Leon C41341000.248.297.409.70612.0
        D. Marrero 3B40000023.165.206.308.514-1.0
        Total3391072369-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - K. Calhoun (10), A. Pujols (7), Y. Escobar (15), B. Revere (6), C. Pennington (2)
          • 3B - M. Maldonado
          • RBI - K. Calhoun (37), M. Maldonado (22), C. Pennington (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Calhoun (11)
          BATTING
          • 2B - X. Bogaerts (19), A. Benintendi (10), S. Leon (7)
          • HR - H. Ramirez (10), S. Leon (5)
          • RBI - X. Bogaerts (34), H. Ramirez 2 (28), S. Leon 4 (22)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Leon 4 (7)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Betts (12)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (6)
          • E - S. Leon (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Meyer (L, 3-4)3.15552314.201.46-6.5
          E. Paredes2.22221116.751.131.5
          H. Street1.00000100.000.003.5
          J. Alvarez1.03220105.271.24-1.5
          Total8.01099362---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Meyer (L, 3-4)3.1
          E. Paredes2.2
          H. Street1.0
          J. Alvarez1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Porcello (W, 4-9)6.18431805.001.5320.0
          H. Hembree0.21000103.741.46-0.5
          J. Kelly (H, 9)1.01000101.141.142.5
          B. Boyer1.00000103.291.543.5
          Total9.010431110---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Porcello (W, 4-9)6.1
          H. Hembree0.2
          J. Kelly (H, 9)1.0
          B. Boyer1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Meyer 3 (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Meyer 87-54, E. Paredes 38-24, H. Street 11-10, J. Alvarez 16-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Meyer 3-4, E. Paredes 6-0, H. Street 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Meyer 17, E. Paredes 10, H. Street 3, J. Alvarez 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 102-73, H. Hembree 11-7, J. Kelly 14-8, B. Boyer 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 2-8, H. Hembree 1-0, J. Kelly 1-0, B. Boyer 1-1
          • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 27, H. Hembree 3, J. Kelly 3, B. Boyer 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Leon doubled to left, Moreland and Bradley scored, Leon to third49
          • 7TH INNING
            Calhoun doubled to left, Pennington scored47
            Pennington doubled to deep center, Maldonado scored37
            Maldonado tripled to deep center, Revere scored27
          • 6TH INNING
            Leon homered to right center, Bradley scored17
          • 4TH INNING
            Ramirez homered to right, Benintendi scored15
            Simmons singled to shallow left, Pujols scored, Simmons to second on catcher Leon fielding error13
          • 1ST INNING
            Bogaerts scored on wild pitch03
            Pedroia scored, Bogaerts to third on wild pitch02
            Bogaerts doubled to left center, Betts scored, Pedroia to third01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Joe Kelly
            • B. Revere: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Revere grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • C. Pennington: Ball, Ball, Pennington popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Joe Kelly relieved Heath Hembree
            • Y. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar singled to right
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Simmons grounded into double play first to shortstop to first, Escobar out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jose Alvarez relieved Huston Street
            • M. Moreland: Moreland singled to shallow left
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to right
            • J. Bradley: Bradley singled to shallow left, Moreland to second
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Leon doubled to left, Moreland and Bradley scored, Leon to third
            • D. Marrero: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Marrero lined out to second
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Simmons fouled out to third
            • B. Revere: Strike looking, Revere doubled to shallow left
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Maldonado tripled to deep center, Revere scored
            • C. Pennington: Pennington doubled to deep center, Maldonado scored
            • Heath Hembree relieved Rick Porcello
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Maybin grounded out to second, Pennington to third
            • K. Calhoun: Calhoun doubled to left, Pennington scored
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Huston Street relieved Eduardo Paredes
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Betts lined out to left
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to pitcher
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun fouled out to catcher
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Foul, Pujols lined out to center
            • Y. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Escobar doubled to left
            • L. Valbuena: Foul, Valbuena lined out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Paredes Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • S. Leon: Leon homered to right center, Bradley scored
            • D. Marrero: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Marrero struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
            • C. Pennington: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pennington lined out to left
            • C. Maybin: Maybin grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Paredes Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts singled to left
            • M. Moreland: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Moreland grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bogaerts out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Pujols doubled to deep center
            • Y. Escobar: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Escobar struck out on foul tip
            • L. Valbuena: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
            • A. Simmons: Simmons singled to shallow left, Pujols scored, Simmons to second on catcher Leon fielding error
            • B. Revere: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Revere lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • A. Meyer Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland lined out to right
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi doubled to shallow right
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Benintendi to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez homered to right, Benintendi scored
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley singled to shallow right
            • S. Leon: Pickoff attempt, Leon singled to shallow center, Bradley to third
            • Eduardo Paredes relieved Alex Meyer
            • D. Marrero: Marrero reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Bradley out at home, Leon to second
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Betts grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • C. Pennington: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pennington struck out looking
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Maybin lined out to left
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Meyer Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Betts grounded out to third
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts lined out to left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • Y. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
            • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Valbuena grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Simmons reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • B. Revere: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Revere walked, Simmons to second
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Meyer Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley lined out to shortstop
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Leon grounded out to third
            • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marrero struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Maybin flied out to deep right
            • K. Calhoun: Calhoun singled to left center, Calhoun out at second
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Meyer Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts walked
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Betts stole second, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pedroia walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts doubled to left center, Betts scored, Pedroia to third
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Pedroia scored, Bogaerts to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts scored on wild pitch, Foul, Benintendi lined out to center
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)