Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 8-5

Any other day, especially given the struggles he’s had this season, a late-inning, game-winning home run by David Ortiz would have meant cheers, a curtain call, and a boisterous clubhouse.

But this wasn’t any other day.

Ortiz’s three-run homer in the seventh inning yesterday powered the Red Sox past Oakland, 8-5, salvaging what looked for a while like a losing homestand. The blast off Craig Breslow brought the cheers, and the curtain call. But because Ortiz had been ...