BALTIMORE -- Even though Brock Holt hit a decisive three-run homer in the eighth inning to give Boston a 7-5 victory over the Orioles on Friday, the utility man credited David Ortiz with helping the Red Sox's offense break out of its recent doldrums.
Ortiz crushed a three-run home run off Miguel Gonzalez in the fifth that gave Boston a 3-2 lead. Prior to that, the Red Sox had scored just one run over the past 16 innings and were 1-for-24 with runners in scoring position.
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