Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5, 11 innings

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TORONTO (AP)—David Ortiz’s belt buckle said it all: “Superman.”

Ortiz hit two home runs Monday night, including a drive in the 11th inning that gave the Red Sox a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

“He’s unbelievable,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “On a night when you are on the road and you give up the lead, and you find a way to win, that’s enormous.”

Manny Ramirez also homered for the Red Sox, who bounced back after wasting a 5-0 lead. They moved 3 1/2 games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

Ortiz hit a solo homer off Ted Lilly in the fourth before his go-ahead drive against Pete Walker (6-5), which gave him his eighth multihomer game this season. Ortiz has 40 homers, one short of the career high he set last year, and joined Carl Yastrzemski (1969 and ’70) as the only Boston players with consecutive 40-homer seasons.

“You have to bring your `A’ game. Those guys, man, you can’t give them a lot of chances,” said Ortiz, whose team is just 4-8 against Toronto this season. “They’ve been coming back on us the whole season.”

Jonathan Papelbon (1-1) pitched three hitless innings for his first major league victory.

“It’s his first time in the big leagues but he pitches like he’s been around forever,” Ortiz said. “He reminds me of Roger Clemens, the attitude, the arm. When he gets more experience, he’s going to be filthy. He’s filthy already.”

Toronto scored five runs in the seventh after Boston starter Bronson Arroyo allowed the first three batters to reach. Gabe Gross had an RBI single off Keith Foulke, Russ Adams hit a sacrifice fly off Foulke and Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer off Mike Timlin.

“It was a fun inning,” Wells said. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.”

Ortiz’s first homer hit off the scoreboard in right. just below the Hard Rock Cafe. After Ortiz singled in the sixth, Ramirez hit his 35th homer, a drive off the Windows restaurant in center field.

“You watch Ortiz over the last few years, there’s not a more clutch player out there,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “And you can’t walk him because Ramirez hits behind him.”

Boston increased the lead in the seventh on Edgar Renteria’s RBI single and Ortiz’s run-scoring grounder off Vinnie Chulk.

Arroyo allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings, tying his career-high with five walks.

Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon didn’t play because of a sore left shoulder and is to return to Boston for an MRI exam. Damon got a cortisone shot after Friday night’s game in New York, sat out Saturday and was Boston’s designated hitter on Sunday.


Damon has been playing with discomfort since hurting the shoulder on a slide the previous Sunday against Baltimore. … Toronto 2B Orlando Hudson has missed four straight games because of sprained left ankle and Gibbons said he won’t be back before the weekend. Rookie Aaron Hill has played 2B in his place.

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