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David Ortiz isn’t dead yet. With his second multi-homer game of the month, Ortiz now has five home runs in his last nine games. Big Papi and the Sox offense got hot and never looked back Friday night, as they beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2.
Dustin Pedroia launched a two-run homer in the first, and Ortiz followed with a three-run bomb of his own, traveling and estimated 450 feet, and giving Sox pitcher Clay Bucholz a five-run cushion to work with.
Ortiz went deep again in the fourth to maintain the Red Sox five-run advantage.
Bucholz (4-3) showed signs of improvement, allowing one run and scattering three hits over 6 1/3 innings. His counterpart, Detroit’s Max Scherzer, had his fourth rocky outing in a row and sunk to 1-4. Though he settled down afterward, the five-run first proved to be far too much for Scherzer and the Tigers to overcome.
Daniel Bard allowed Detroit brief hopes of a comeback in the eighth inning with a shaky performance. Magglio Ordonez led off with a single and Bard’s troubles continued. A wild pitch and a throwing error later, Brandon Inge was able to sacrifice Ordonez in from third to cut the lead to four.
That would be as close as it would get, and Hideki Okajima was able to work the ninth and preserve the win.
The Red Sox win propels them to 19-17 as they look as strong as they have all season. With Ortiz able to start piling up power numbers, the season may not be lost after all.