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Ortiz responds to move to No. 7 spot

Ortiz responds to lineup shift

ARLINGTON -- The No. 7 spot in the lineup may have been just what David Ortiz needed.

Ortiz was moved into the seventh slot for the Red Sox in their game Friday against the Rangers. He wasn't upset with the move and felt that he hadn't been hitting well enough to justify hitting higher in the lineup.

Ortiz responded to the move by going 2-for-2 with two walks. Ortiz's two-run homer got the Red Sox on the board and tied the game in the sixth, while his double down the right-field line leading off the ninth was the catalyst for a six-run rally, resulting in an 8-4 win over the Rangers.

Ortiz had been 4-for-39 (.103) with just two RBIs over his past 10 games.

Friday's game was the first time he's hit seventh since May 24, 2003. In that game, he went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and was hitting cleanup the next day.

On Monday, he snapped an 0-for-23 drought with runners on base and an 0-for-15 skid with runners in scoring position.

"We're trying to put the best lineup out there," manager Terry Francona said.

Ortiz met with former Red Sox motivational coach Don Kalkstein before the game for an extended period of time.

Daniel Paulling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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