Chatting in rapid-fire Spanish, David Ortiz joked that Carlos Beltran was too old to make a home-run robbing catch, precisely the catch Beltran made in the bottom of the second that turned a potential Ortiz grand slam into a sacrifice fly. Ortiz could joke about the moment because he launched a two-run homer in the seventh, and the Red Sox easily won Game 1 of the World Series, 8-1.
“They have good pitching and a great bullpen and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” said Ortiz, who finished 2 for 3, including a homer and three RBIs.
The two-run blast pushed the Red Sox ahead, 7-0, and marked Ortiz’s fourth home run this postseason. He now has 16 career postseason home runs, ironically tying Beltran for the eighth most in history. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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