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The same day he was reported to have failed a drug test in 2003, David Ortiz blasted a three run home run to put the Red Sox past the Athletics, 8-5. Down 4-1 at one point, Boston was able to climb back and get the win behind the play of Ortiz and Jason Varitek. Varitek had three hits and three RBI on the day.
Things began well for starting pitcher Jon Lester, who didn’t allow a hit until there were two outs in the third. A Vartiek broken bat single scored Jason Bay in the second, an inning where the Boston bats seemed to get going.
With the 1-0 lead going into the sixth, things began to get rocky. Lester gave up four runs in the inning, capped off by a Rajai Davis bloop hit that scored Jack Cust and Bobby Crosby. The Sox followed in the bottom half of the inning with a Mike Lowell double, scoring Ortiz and a Varitek single scoring Lowell.
Oakland’s Tommy Everidge added his second RBI of the day in the seventh, giving the A’s the 5-3 lead. With the Sox coming to the plate, things looked dismal as Pedroia grounded into a double play. After a misplay by Cust, Youkilis got a double and Jason Bay walked. With two on, and two out, Ortiz drilled a ball into the center field bleachers to put the Sox up for good.
Additional hits from Varitek and Ellsbury gave added insurance for Boston and put the Sox up for good. The win salvages the series for Boston, who dropped two home game to Oakland earlier in the series.
The Sox will now head to Baltimore for a three-game series against the Orioles beginning tomorrow. Boston will try to keep up with the Yankees, and are now three games behind New York in the AL East.
The Captain had three hits and three RBI’s in leading the Sox with his bat.
In a game where Boston bats got heated up, Pedroia went 0-5 and struggled to even make contact.
“Did he just break his bat?!… they just don‘t make ‘em like they used to”, former Red Sox player Bob Montgomery, who was announcing the game for NESN.
WP: Delcarmen (3-2)
LP: Breslow (4-5)
SV: Papelbon (26)