He homered twice and drove in four runs, and Bronson Arroyo
scattered four hits over seven innings to lead the Red Sox over the
Cleveland Indians 9-2 on Tuesday night.Ortiz's fourth multihomer game of the season helped Boston to
its third straight win and eighth in nine games. The Red Sox
improved to 40-30, a season-high 10 games over .500."Ortiz never stops -- home run after home run," Arroyo said.
"All my wins come off Ortiz's offense."Arroyo (6-3) won his second straight start, allowing one run. He
was aggressive with his fastball and said he threw more changeups
than he has all season. It was his first start against Cleveland."They're a similar lineup to Texas with a lot of young
prospects," Arroyo said. "I'm just more comfortable pitching
against a younger lineup than I am against some of the more veteran
guys."Manny Ramirez added a two-run homer in the ninth to make it 9-2.
He has six RBI in two games against his former team."There are days when Manny and David really pack some punch,"
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "That's why they're there."The Red Sox have scored at least six runs in 10 of their last 11
games.The Indians have lost two straight after a nine-game winning
streak and have allowed 19 runs in the losses. It was their worst
margin of defeat since a 9-0 loss at Minnesota on May 5.Cleveland couldn't put together a solid inning against Arroyo,
who walked one and struck out four.Ortiz put Boston up 2-0 with a 419-foot shot to center in the
first. He drove in Johnny Damon with a sacrifice fly in the second,
then hit his 18th homer in the fifth on the first pitch from Kevin
Millwood (2-5).Millwood went six innings, allowing six runs, five earned, and
seven hits in his second start since coming off the disabled list.
It was his worst outing since April 16, when he gave up six runs in
a loss to Minnesota."They have a tough lineup and I wasn't locating very well
tonight," Millwood said. "I made some mistakes early on and it
cost us."It was the second straight rough outing for a Cleveland starter.
C.C. Sabathia allowed a career-high nine runs on Monday."We haven't lost any momentum," Cleveland's Casey Blake said.
"That's a great offensive team and it's tough to keep them down.
No one on this team has lost any confidence."Mark Bellhorn added a sacrifice fly and Damon hit an RBI-double
in the sixth to make it 6-0.Boston's Trot Nixon made a leaping catch at the wall on Ben
Broussard's drive with the bases loaded in the eighth. Alex Cora
scored on the sacrifice fly."That's probably the play of the game," Francona said. "If
that ball doesn't get caught, three runs probably score in a time
when they're trying to come back."Victor Martinez doubled, advanced on a groundout and scored on a
wild pitch in the seventh to get the Indians on the scoreboard.
The Red Sox have played 70 games this season without going
to extra innings, a major league record, according to the Elias
Sports Bureau. The previous mark of 69 games to start a season was
set by the 2002 Chicago White Sox. ... 3B Cleveland's Aaron Boone was a late scratch from the
lineup with strep throat. Blake started his second game at third.
... Damon has a 10-game hitting streak. ... Ortiz has 15 career
multihomer games. ... C Jason Varitek of the Red Sox got his 800th
career hit. ... Cleveland's Grady Sizemore singled in the eighth to
extend his hitting streak to 11 games. ... The Red Sox have the
same record as they did after 70 games last season. ... Ramirez's
homer ties him with Jackie Jensen for 10th on the Red Sox career
list with 170.