TORONTO (AP) -- David Ortiz's belt buckle said it all:
Ortiz hit two home runs Monday night, including a drive in the
11th inning that gave the Red Sox a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue
"He's unbelievable," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "On
a night when you are on the road and you give up the lead, and you
find a way to win, that's enormous."
Ortiz hit a solo homer off Ted Lilly in the fourth before his
go-ahead drive against Pete Walker (6-5), which gave him his eighth
multihomer game this season. Ortiz has 40 homers, one short of the
career high he set last year, and joined Carl Yastrzemski (1969 and
'70) as the only Boston players with consecutive 40-homer seasons.
"You have to bring your 'A' game. Those guys, man, you can't
give them a lot of chances," said Ortiz, whose team is just 4-8
against Toronto this season. "They've been coming back on us the
Jonathan Papelbon (1-1) pitched three hitless innings for his
first major league victory.
"It's his first time in the big leagues but he pitches like
he's been around forever," Ortiz said. "He reminds me of Roger
Clemens, the attitude, the arm. When he gets more experience, he's
going to be filthy. He's filthy already."
Toronto scored five runs in the seventh after Boston starter
Bronson Arroyo allowed the first three batters to reach. Gabe Gross
had an RBI single off Keith Foulke, Russ Adams hit a sacrifice fly
off Foulke and Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer off Mike Timlin.
"It was a fun inning," Wells said. "Unfortunately, it wasn't
Ortiz's first homer hit off the scoreboard in right. just below
the Hard Rock Cafe. After Ortiz singled in the sixth, Ramirez hit
his 35th homer, a drive off the Windows restaurant in center field.
"You watch Ortiz over the last few years, there's not a more
clutch player out there," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "And
you can't walk him because Ramirez hits behind him."
Arroyo allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings,
tying his career-high with five walks.
Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon didn't play because of a
sore left shoulder and is to return to Boston for an MRI exam.
Damon got a cortisone shot after Friday night's game in New York,
sat out Saturday and was Boston's designated hitter on Sunday.
Damon has been playing with discomfort since hurting the
shoulder on a slide the previous Sunday against Baltimore. ...
Toronto 2B Orlando Hudson has missed four straight games because of
sprained left ankle and Gibbons said he won't be back before the
weekend. Rookie Aaron Hill has played 2B in his place.