Victorino homers, Ortiz loses cool in Boston’s 7-3 victory
BALTIMORE – In a game where Stephen Drew used his bat to hit two homers and drive in five runs, David Ortiz took his best swings at a couple of dugout phones.
Drew revived the quiet Boston offense with a stellar performance, and the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 Saturday in a game that featured a memorable and destructive tirade by Ortiz.
Boston’s Shane Victorino, a St. Anthony High School alumnus, had a run-scoring ground out in the third and a solo homer in the seventh.
Drew hit a three-run shot in the fourth and connected with a man on in the sixth. He came in batting .223 with five homers and 32 RBIs in 71 games.
“The past couple of games, I’ve felt good at the plate but had no luck,” Drew said. “It’s just good to turn around and have a good outcome. It was also a good win. That’s what we really needed.”
Boston had lost six of its previous nine to fall out of first in the American League East for the first time in 60 days.
After Victorino’s homer, Ortiz took three balls from Jairo Acencio before umpire Tim Timmons called a strike on a high fastball. Ortiz was furious, and he fully vented that frustration after taking another strike and then striking out with a futile swing.
He yelled at Timmons and was ejected. Ortiz then destroyed the covers of two dugout phones with his bat before charging onto the field, where he was restrained by manager John Farrell and bench coach Torey Lovullo.
Ortiz finally relented, but as a final gesture he threw an elbow pad in Timmons’ direction.
“I got 17 years in the league and I don’t think I deserve to be disrespected like that,” Ortiz said. “You want to get respect from the players, you respect the players. That was horrible. Both of the pitches, not one.
“The funny thing is he wanted to act like it was the right call,” Ortiz added. “I don’t play that. I hit. You’re not going to take my at-bats away.”
Ryan Dempster (6-8) gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings to earn his first win since June 30.
Baltimore’s Scott Feldman (2-2) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings.