Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Sports

'Papi' powers Red Sox… again

BOSTON — The top of Boston's lineup seems to be getting on base in high numbers nearly every game.

David Ortiz keeps knocking in a lot of those runners, too.

Ortiz added two more RBIs to his torrid start in what he says will be his final season, Mookie Betts had two hits and drove in two runs and the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-4 Saturday.

The three players in front of Ortiz reached seven times.

Xander Bogaerts got three hits a day after his 26-game hitting streak ended, Dustin Pedroia had a hit and a walk, and Betts doubled and singled to set up Ortiz.

"It's not just him every day," Betts said. "It's him a lot. It's not just him every day. That just shows how our lineup is built."

Ortiz, 40, entered the day leading the majors in RBIs and raised his total to 53, helping Boston snap a three-game losing streak. He announced his retirement on his birthday in November.

"He's done it for so long," Betts said. "He just knows how everything goes. It's fun to be a part of more than amazing. He's got more left, too."

The Jays had won nine of 11.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright gave up three unearned runs, five walks and three hits in five innings, striking out three, but he was lifted due to a high pitch count.

Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 13th save.

Marcus Stroman gave up six runs in 5⅔ innings. He has allowed at least six in three of his past four starts.

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