Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 6-4

David Ortiz had a double in the first inning last night and gave the Red Sox the lead with a home run in the fifth.

The Oakland Athletics finally gave up in the seventh inning and decided not to pitch to him.

The intentional walk was the first of the season for Ortiz, the latest sign that the slugger is again the kind of hitter other teams dread.

Fueled by Ortiz and a dogged Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Sox rallied to beat the Athletics, 6-4, before a crowd of 37,783 at Fe...

BOSTON—David Ortiz was the AL's top batter in the month of May, hitting 10 homers and raising his batting average from .143 to .272.

And yet the Oakland Athletics still needed convincing.

The A's pitched to Ortiz with first base open in the fifth inning, and he launched a two-run, go-ahead homer down the right-field line that sent the Boston Red Sox to a 6-4 victory Wednesday night.

His next time up, the A's granted Ortiz his first intentional walk of the season.

If this is what you’re going to get — one good start, one bad — for a guy who is supposed to be your fifth starter, you take it, don’t you?

Josh Beckett is out of the picture for likely another month, but the five guys currently in the Red Sox’ rotation must pitch to their capabilities, Daisuke Matsuzaka included. Last night, he shook off a three-run first inning, no thanks to a terrible play in left field by Jeremy Hermida, and pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits a...