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Ortiz gets old heave-ho; Sox lose potent bat after slugger loses cool.

Byline: Bill Doyle

BOSTON -- With the Sox trailing by two runs, David Ortiz let his temper get the better of him in the fifth inning Sunday and he cost the Sox his powerful bat for the remainder of their 8-3 loss to Baltimore.

Ortiz threw a tantrum after third-base umpire Jerry Meals ruled he hadn't checked his swing and home plate umpire John Tumpane ejected him

Sox manager John Farrell didn't agree with two Ortiz swings that Meals ruled he hadn't checked on Sunday. After the first time, Ortiz later walked.

Farrell didn't hold the ejection against his star DH, but he wishes he had kept his cool and stayed in the game.

"Yeah, I think that probably goes without saying,'' Farrell said, "but he's a competitor and given some of the calls over the last couple days, there's some frustration there. There was a 3-0 pitch (Saturday) that was called a strike that was not, the check swing in his first at-bat and the check swing in the final at-bat. So, yeah, we want all our guys to remain in the game, but they're competitors and guys are out there giving what they've got each and every pitch.''

"Papi, he knows what he's doing,'' Hanley Ramirez said. "We're always going to have his back.''

Daniel Nava finished Ortiz's at-bat and grounded out to lead off the fifth. Ramirez followed with a single, but the Sox didn't score in the inning.

Mental errors costly

Brock Holt made a costly decision to help the Orioles take a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth. Holt tried to beat Travis Snider to first after fielding his grounder to second instead of throwing to pitcher Rick Porcello covering the ball. Snider beat Holt to the bag as the go-ahead run scored and Manny Machado's one-out sacrifice fly plated another run to put Baltimore up, 5-3.

"He saw Snider coming down the line,'' Farrell said, "and instead of feeding him (Porcello), he felt like he had a better chance of trying to beat him to the bag, which unfortunately didn't work out that way.''

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval also made the wrong decision on a bunt single by Everth Cabrera along the third-base line prior to Adam Jones's three-run double in the sixth. Sandoval saw Caleb Joseph rounding second and heading toward an unguarded third base so he picked up the ball just as it appeared to be rolling into foul territory.

"Yeah, it was a big play,'' he admitted. "You should get one out or let it go. I should have made that play.''

After Holt started at center field Saturday and rapped out three more hits to boost his season average to .579, he started Sunday in place of Dustin Pedroia at second base.

Pedroia had been the only Red Sox player who had started every game. Mike Napoli has played in all 12 games, but he hasn't started in all of them. Pedroia had played in all but two innings this season.

Pedroia went 0-7 in the first two games of the series to drop his batting average to .255.

Pedroia been especially ineffective in the clutch this season, going 0-9 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Holt led off the bottom of the first with a single to center and went 1 for 5 on the afternoon to drop his average to .500.

Breslow looking sharp

Craig Breslow pitched three innings of two-hit shutout relief, walking none and fanning three.

In 9⅔ innings this season, Breslow has allowed only three hits and not given up a run. The 34-year-old southpaw is off to a much better start than last season when he began the year on the disabled list with left shoulder tendinitis and finished 2-4 with a 5.96 ERA.

"Three scoreless, it was crisp, sharp in the strike zone,'' Farrell said. "Solid outing by him.''

Injured ump causes delay

The game was delayed prior to the bottom of the fourth inning while Tumpane moved from second base to behind the plate to replace the injured Paul Emmel.

Victorino back in lineup

Shane Victorino started in right field after taking Saturday off due to sore ribs. Victorino injured his ribs running into the wall in right chasing Caleb Joseph's home run. Victorino went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Patriots' Day finale

Justin Masterson (1-0, 7.59) will oppose Wei-Yin Chen (0-0, 4.35) when the Sox host the Orioles in the series finale at 11 a.m. today.

The annual Patriots' Day game took on added significance two years ago because of the marathon bombings.

"For the guys who were here two years ago,'' Farrell said, "that's never forgotten.''

Workman staying in Boston

Farrell said Brandon Workman, who received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the ligament in his pitching arm, will remain in Boston to begin rehab rather than travel with the team tonight to Tampa. Farrell said the team expects Workman to pitch at some point this season, but he probably won't begin a throwing program for another two to three weeks.

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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Doyle, Bill
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Apr 20, 2015
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