Boston Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 8-3

The slump of David Ortiz had become the problem of the Red Sox, the issue hovering over his teammates, the clubhouse, everything.

Terry Francona started grimacing at each mounting question about his designated hitter. Before last night's game, Kevin Youkilis told reporters to leave Ortiz alone. "Maybe talk about the weather or something," he said.

When Ortiz exhaled last night in an 8-3 victory, the Red Sox exhaled with him. His first home run of the season sparked a hi...