finally ended the longest homerless streak of his career, he got some words of encouragement from his dad.
Enrique Ortiz had flown into town on Tuesday and ''told me, 'Hey, son, it's not going to get worse than this so go out there,
have fun and forget about what happened,'' Ortiz recalled.
It may be tough to hear your father say you've hit bottom, but Ortiz said he kept that in mind Wednesday night when he hit
his first homer in 150 at-bats in the
Boston Red Sox
's 8-3 win over the
Toronto Blue Jays
''I tried it all. I was about to hit right-handed,'' the lefty slugger said. ''I feel like I just got that big old monkey
off my back and (in) this game, sometimes that's all it takes to have a good at-bat, get a good hit and everything will start
Ortiz's homer was one of four off left-hander
(2-1) in a six-run fifth inning and one of five they hit in the game.
caught 12 fly balls that Toronto kept in the park against
(4-1), tying the major league record for most putouts in a nine-inning game by an outfielder. It was done previously by
of the Boston Braves in 1929 and
in 1977, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
''My legs felt a little tired,'' Ellsbury said. ''I was just happy we were getting quick outs. Brad's a flyball pitcher and
when he's getting the flyballs that means his pitch count's down (and) he's doing everything he needs to do.''
hit two homers. He led off the fifth with his second of the game and seventh of the season before Ortiz,
connected as Cecil had trouble locating his fastball.
''I wouldn't say (that's) shocking,'' Cecil said. ''That's going to happen with pitches like that.''
Ortiz's shot just to the left of straightaway center drew the loudest roar from fans who've been waiting since Sept. 22 to
see him connect again. The home run by the slugger who hit 112 the past three years drew a standing ovation. As he crossed
the plate, he pointed to the sky twice, clapped his hands and was hugged by
His teammates gave him the silent treatment before hugging him and pounding on his back in the dugout.
''We're all blowing on (the ball), wanting it to go out,'' manager
said. ''You could see the sheer joy in the dugout.''
Ortiz doubled to left-center in the eighth but was stranded. He struck out twice and grounded to first base in his other three
at-bats and is 11 for 59 in his last 16 games, dropping his batting average from .238 to .210. He started Wednesday at .203
''I wasn't really worried about homers as much as I was worried about getting my swing back,'' Ortiz said. ''I know when my
swing's there, the homers (are) going to come.''
' lead in the AL East to 1 1/2 games with their second win in two days over Toronto.
Penny went 6 2-3 innings and held the
scoreless on five hits through six innings. Then he allowed two runs on four hits in the seventh on a run-scoring single by
and a double-play grounder by
''He throws lots of fastballs,'' Toronto manager
said. ''He got them where he wanted to and he got us out.''
Boston took a 2-0 lead in the third on a homer by Varitek and a double-play grounder by Pedroia that scored
, who had doubled.
Cecil gave up Varitek's seventh homer of the season leading off the fifth. Lugo grounded out and Ellsbury walked but was thrown
out at home on Pedroia's double, Then Ortiz connected on a 1-1 pitch, giving Boston a 5-0 lead.
Youkilis, who went 3 for 5 after being activated from the disabled list before the game, then singled. Bay followed with his
12th homer and Lowell hit his seventh.
doubled in Toronto's last run in the eighth.
to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Boston hit four homers in an inning for the 11th time, the first since April 22, 2007, against
New York Yankees