Ortiz looks to lead the Red Sox to another win over the Angels in the finale of this three-game series at Fenway Park on Sunday.
Ortiz is batting .317 with a team-leading 12 homers, 45 RBIs and 30 runs, but his impact has been felt much more in victories.
The designated hitter has a .398 average with eight homers, 32 RBIs and 24 runs in his team's 38 wins, compared to .203/4/13/6 in its 25 losses.
Ortiz went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts while stranding six runners in a 9-5 defeat to Los Angeles (27-35) in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. However, he had a home run and a double and scored three times in a 7-2 win in the nightcap as the Red Sox ended a nine-game slide to the Angels.
The starkly contrasting performances for Ortiz in wins and losses have been similar against Los Angeles. He has a .388 average with 22 homers and 61 RBIs in 51 victories, including playoffs, over the Angels while batting .185 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 35 defeats.
Ortiz is 10 for 29 with three homers against Los Angeles' scheduled starter Joe Blanton .
Ryan Dempster (3-6, 4.39 ERA) hopes Ortiz can contribute to a repeat offensive performance of the right-hander's last outing as he tries to build on his first home win in five starts. Dempster allowed three runs and two homers in seven innings of a 17-5 win over Texas on Tuesday.
"I like my chances when we get 17 runs," said Dempster, who had lost four straight home starts with a 5.73 ERA but received five runs of support in that span.
He may need a similar offensive outburst to beat the Angels, as he's 0-2 with an 11.20 ERA in three starts against them - all last year with the Rangers.
Los Angeles has dropped six of eight, so manager Mike Scioscia wasn't too happy with splitting Saturday's twinbill.
"I don't know about feeling satisfied. You want to pour your heart into every game and when you don't win, you're disappointed," he said.
Blanton (1-9, 5.53) likely shares that sentiment as he's tied with Philadelphia's Cole Hamels for the major league lead in losses.
His teammates haven't always helped him out, as the right-hander has been backed by 3.3 runs per game. He's gotten one total run of support in losing his last two starts, during which he's posted a 3.00 ERA.
"It's baseball," Blanton told the team's official website. "It's not like they're not trying to (score runs). I'm trying to go out and win ballgames, and sometimes that happens."
Los Angeles wasted perhaps Blanton's best start of the season Monday, when he yielded two runs and three hits with a career high-tying 11 strikeouts in eight innings of a 2-1 loss to Houston.
Mike Trout had four hits in nine at-bats Saturday and owns a .389 average with six RBIs, eight runs and five walks in eight career games at Boston.
The center fielder is 3 for 7 with a home run, triple and double off Dempster.
Albert Pujols , batting .167 over the past 10 games, may benefit from a matchup with Dempster. The first baseman is batting .345 against him with seven homers, his highest total against any pitcher.
|Los Angeles Angels|
|June 02, 2013||Garrett Richards||Day-to-Day||Left game - Ankle injury|
|May 28, 2013||Josh Hamilton||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|May 27, 2013||Sean Burnett||15-Day DL||Left elbow inflammation|
|May 26, 2013||Sean Burnett||Day-to-Day||Left game - Forearm tightness|
|May 21, 2013||Erick Aybar||Day-to-Day||Left game - right knee soreness|
|April 30, 2013||Peter Bourjos||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|Boston Red Sox|
|June 08, 2013||Clay Buchholz||Day-to-Day||Left game - neck stiffness|
|May 31, 2013||Jacoby Ellsbury||Day-to-Day||Tight left groin|
|May 26, 2013||Clay Buchholz||Day-to-Day||Right collarbone pain|
|May 24, 2013||Will Middlebrooks||15-Day DL||Low back strain|
|May 23, 2013||Will Middlebrooks||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower back spasms|
|May 21, 2013||Shane Victorino||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox are certainly enjoying playing a lot more this season.
David Ortiz hit a three-run home run and Jarrod Saltalamacchia connected twice, the first coming one pitch before Mike Carp homered Sunday, and the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-5.
Sitting atop the AL East after a miserable 69-93 record last season that saw first-year manager Bobby Valentine fired during the offseason and a trio of stars - Adrian Gonzalez . Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a salary dump last August, the Red Sox are feeling like they can enjoy the game again.
"This is a great clubhouse, a great group of guys. It starts with the top and works its way down," Saltalamacchia said. "Everybody knows their role and everybody knows what approach to take, which makes things easier. We've got a good group of veterans with a good group of young guys. It's a lot of fun, especially being in first place, but we know we have to focus on tomorrow."
Ryan Dempster (4-6) got his 2,000th career strikeout when he fanned Alberto Callaspo to open the sixth.
The Red Sox took two of three in the weekend series against the Angels and have won six of eight.
Dempster, signed to a two-year deal via free agency during the offseason, agreed with his batterymate- Saltalamacchia.
"We're a team. We're a tight unit and so when guys are getting a bunch of hits, it's a lot of fun in the dugout," Dempster said. "See a guy like Salty break out and get two homers today. It's good energy. As a pitcher, a starting pitcher, it allows you to go out there and really fill the strike zone up. You got a little bit of breathing room."
Los Angeles entered the weekend having won eight straight against the Red Sox after going 6-0 last season, but dropped the final two after winning the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.
Albert Pujols and Callaspo each had solo homers for the Angels.
The Angels' power-filled lineup was no match for Boston's bats on Sunday.
"You just need to make your pitches. If I could just take back one pitch, just the change-up to Ortiz," Angels starter Joe Blanton said. "It was just middle-in up and it's not a good place to throw a changeup to him. If I make a pitch there and get and get the next one, it's a big difference taking away three runs. It changes the (complexion) of the game. I just gotta make a better pitch in that situation and I didn't do it."
Ortiz, who hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs in Boston's 7-2 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader Saturday, has five homers and 14 RBIs in his last 10 games.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia felt Blanton didn't locate his fastball well enough when he needed it.
"I think he got off to a good start the first go-round of the lineup and then he just had trouble with his fastball," Scioscia said. "He got a change-up up to David Ortiz for the three-run home run. Just struggled with fastball command, especially in the sixth inning."
Saltalamacchia and Carp opened the sixth with homers into the center field seats off starter Blanton (1-10), Carp's drive chasing Blanton. In the next inning, Saltalamacchia homered to center field again, this time a three-run shot into the first row off Robert Coello to give Boston a 10-3 lead.
Dempster gave up three runs on six hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six for just his second victory in his last six decisions.
Blanton was tagged for seven runs - six earned - with three homers in eight hits over five-plus innings.
Trailing 1-0 in the third, the Red Sox scored four runs off Blanton. Daniel Nava tied it with an RBI single, Dustin Pedroia singled, then Ortiz belted his homer into the Red Sox bullpen to make it 4-1.
Callaspo hit a solo homer in the fourth, but Jacoby Ellsbury 's RBI triple into the right field corner made it 5-2.
Los Angeles cut it to 5-3 in the fifth on Mark Trumbo 's run-scoring single after Mike Trout doubled off the Green Monster.
Pujols' solo homer pushed the Angels ahead in the first.
NOTES: Saltalamacchia had his fourth two-homer game, his previous was April of last season at the Chicago White Sox. ... Pedroia and teammate Jose Iglesias both extended hitting streaks to 13 games, with Iglesias' being a career high. ... Blanton entered the game having allowed the most hits in the majors. ... Dempster entered 0-2 with 17 runs in 13 2-3 innings in his career against Los Angeles. ... The Angels' Howie Kendrick came in 12 for his last 16, but went 0 for 4. . ... Boston is a majors' best 13-6 in day games. ... Boston manager John Farrell said before the game that RHP Clay Buchholz was "sore," but still needed to be examined. Buchholz left Saturday's second game with what the team called "neck tightness." ... Josh Hamilton went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts. ... The Angels are scheduled to open a three-game series in Baltimore Monday with Jered Weaver (1-1, 3.13) facing the Orioles' Freddy Garcia (2-3, 4.470 ERA). ... Boston plays at the Tampa Bay Rays Monday with John Lackey (3-5, 2.79 ERA) slated to face Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.39 ERA).