Pedroia says teammates believe in Ortiz

Updated: May 5, 2010, 12:41 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia offered a spirited, and colorful, defense of David Ortiz on a night that the slump-ridden slugger struck out twice and hit into two double plays, the second with the bases loaded in the eighth inning that nearly short-circuited Boston's winning rally.

Adrian Beltre walked to reload the bases in the eighth, and Jeremy Hermida's fly ball dropped behind Wall-challenged outfielder Juan Rivera for a tie-breaking, three-run double, ...

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