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Big Papi’s first pinch-hit homer since 2003 wins game for Red Sox

May 29, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

David Ortiz AP

Hitting for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, David Ortiz delivered his first pinch-hit homer since April 27, 2003 to break a 3-3 tie in the top of the ninth and lead the Red Sox to a 4-3 win over the Tigers in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Ortiz’s previous pinch-hit homer came in his first month with the Red Sox.  Hitting for Jeremy Giambi in that one, he gave the Red Sox a lead in the top of the 14th in a game against the Angels, making a winner of Ramiro Mendoza.

It was also Ortiz’s second homer in two career at-bats against Tigers closer Jose Valverde.  He hit a grand slam the previous time he faced him.

The Red Sox, who also got homered from Mike Cameron and Dustin Pedroia in the contest, won their fourth straight and will go for a four-game sweep in Detroit when they play the second game of a doubleheader tonight.



  1. cup0pizza - May 29, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    The Sox are devastatingly potent. Go big Papi!

    • fanoredsox - May 29, 2011 at 6:04 PM

      Wow are we tearing it up! I think we may win the east by double digits. I love looking down at the “Skankees”!

      • aceshigh11 - May 29, 2011 at 7:30 PM

        Why, oh why, do my fellow Sox fans have to be so insufferably cocky?

        Remember starting 2-10??

        It’s a long-ass season. Let’s save the gloating until the end, IF we make it that far.

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