08/15/09 2:44 AM ET
Ortiz responds to move to No. 7 spot
Slugger's homer, key double aid Red Sox's rally victory
By Daniel Paulling / MLB.com
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.