Sox’ bats bail out Dice-K

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BOSTON (AP) – David Ortiz hit his first home run at Fenway Park since April, and Eric Hinske and Jason Varitek also homered for the Boston Red Sox to help Daisuke Matsuzaka overcome a rough outing and beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 on Saturday night.

Matsuzaka (11-6) was charged with four runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out two in six innings for his fourth win in five decisions. The Japanese right-hander has given up 10 runs in his last two starts after allowing a total of six runs in his six starts before that.

Troy Glaus and Aaron Hill each had a single, a double and a homer off Matsuzaka, driving in three runs in the sixth to help the Blue Jays erase a 4-1 deficit. But Varitek hit a two-run homer with nobody out in the bottom half to chase Dustin McGowan (5-5) and start a five-run rally that broke the game open.

McGowan allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four.

Julio Lugo had three hits to give him 1,001 in his career and raise his batting average to .209 from a low of .189 a week ago. He singled with one out after Varitek’s homer, took second when Coco Crisp walked and scored on Dustin Pedroia’s single.

Crisp, who singled, tripled and walked twice, and Pedroia engineered a double-steal without drawing a throw. Ortiz was intentionally walked and Manny Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to score Crisp. Kevin Youkilis singled to bring in Pedroia and make it 9-4.

Ortiz had not homered at Fenway Park since April 24, a span of 34 games, and has hit just four of his 15 homers this season at home.

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