Ortiz Hits Grand Slam as Red Sox Crush Texas

Pedroia adds his first homer of the year in Boston laugher
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2008 12:27 AM CDT
Ortiz Hits Grand Slam as Red Sox Crush Texas
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, is congratulated by teammates Jacoby Ellsbury, second from left, Dustin Pedroia and Jed Lowrie (12) after his grand slam on Friday.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Slumping David Ortiz, who entered the game hitting just .111, blasted a grand slam, Daisuke Matsuzaka stayed unbeaten and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 11-3 on Friday. Dustin Pedroia hit his first homer, a two-run shot that capped Boston's five-run fourth inning. The Red Sox won for the sixth time in seven games.  

Matsuzaka (4-0) gave up three runs and five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings. He labored through the first three, throwing 62 pitches, but held the Rangers to one run and two hits. Milton Bradley extended his hitting streak to 13 games and Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer for the Rangers. (Read more MLB stories.)

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