Big Papi’s first pinch-hit homer since 2003 wins game for Red Sox

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Hitting for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, David Ortiz delivered his first pinch-hit homer since April 27, 2003 to break a 3-3 tie in the top of the ninth and lead the Red Sox to a 4-3 win over the Tigers in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Ortiz’s previous pinch-hit homer came in his first month with the Red Sox.  Hitting for Jeremy Giambi in that one, he gave the Red Sox a lead in the top of the 14th in a game against the Angels, making a winner of Ramiro Mendoza.

It was also Ortiz’s second homer in two career at-bats against Tigers closer Jose Valverde.  He hit a grand slam the previous time he faced him.

The Red Sox, who also got homered from Mike Cameron and Dustin Pedroia in the contest, won their fourth straight and will go for a four-game sweep in Detroit when they play the second game of a doubleheader tonight.