April 25, 2013

Papi provides punch in a 6-5 Red Sox win

David Ortiz is 8 for 16 since returning from the DL, including two hits in a win over Oakland.

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Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz smiles as he heads to the dugout after scoring on a double by Mike Napoli during the fourth inning at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday.

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Jon Lester wasn’t his sharpest Wednesday, but still improved to 4-0 as the Red Sox held off the Athletics, 6-5.

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WHO: Houston Astros (Humber 0-4) at Red Sox (Buchholz 4-0)

WHEN: 6:35 p.m.


Lester was pulled with the bases loaded in the sixth, but Junichi Tazawa got Coco Crisp to fly out.

Josh Donaldson's RBI single made it 6-4 and Young's second homer cut it to one in the eighth.

The Athletics went ahead with three runs against Lester in the fourth on Young's homer that caromed off a billboard above the Green Monster seats, but Boston tied it with three in the bottom of the inning.

Ortiz, back in the lineup after getting Tuesday off, doubled leading off and scored on Napoli's double. Jonny Gomes walked and, one out later, Drew tripled into the right-field corner.

NOTES: The Red Sox optioned right-hander Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Boston made the move following Wednesday’s 6-5 victory against Oakland and one day after Aceves had a dismal outing in a 13-0 loss to the Athletics.

Aceves allowed eight runs, seven earned, and seven hits in 3 1⁄3 innings. He walked four and committed a pair of balks before he was pulled.

Aceves also made a throwing error after failing to cover first in time as the A’s capitalized on Boston’s blunders while the conditions deteriorated in a steady, blowing rain.

He is 1-1 with an 8.66 ERA in five games.

There was no word on a corresponding roster move, although the Boston Globe reported that the team plans on calling up catcher Ryan Lavarnway from Pawtucket.

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Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury runs out a hit near the plate that was ruled foul during the fifth inning Wednesday.

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