Thursday, August 2, 2007
BOSTON, Aug. 1 -- David Ortiz got a standing ovation from Kevin Garnett and thousands of other excited fans when he scored the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh inning that gave the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
Garnett, traded to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, threw the ceremonial first pitch to Ortiz -- more like an arcing jumper than a bullet pass -- after threatening to throw a fastball.
"He came to me and he's like, 'Hey, be careful, because your homeboy's coming in with some gas,' " Ortiz said with a big smile.
Kevin Youkilis gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead with a two-run double, scoring Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz. After racing across home plate, Ortiz pumped his fist and pointed at Garnett.
"That's my man, dog," Ortiz said. "He loves watching this game. I remember my days in Minnesota. He always came to the field to give us support."
The 6-foot-11 forward -- wearing a Boston cap and Red Sox jersey with his last name and No. 5 on the back -- jumped out of his seat, clapping, smiling and pointing back at Ortiz, who began his major league career with the Twins in 1997, two years after Garnett skipped college to play for the Timberwolves.
Orioles starter Steve Trachsel left with a 3-1 lead after six innings, but relievers Paul Shuey and John Parrish (2-2) allowed the only two batters each faced to reach base.
Shuey walked Julio Lugo and allowed Pedroia's third single of the game. Parrish came in and Ortiz doubled in Lugo. Manny Ramirez was intentionally walked, loading the bases. Chad Bradford replaced Parrish and gave up Youkilis's double to right-center.
Jason Varitek added an RBI single for a 5-3 lead and Garnett was out of his seat again, smiling and swaying.
Javier Lopez (2-1) got the win and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 26 chances after Hideki Okajima allowed Miguel Tejada's eighth homer of the season.
Red Sox Note: Curt Schilling is set to make his first start in more than six weeks in Seattle on Sunday after recovering from tendinitis in his right shoulder. Schilling pitched seven scoreless innings in his third rehab start Tuesday for Class AAA Pawtucket at Columbus.
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