Lugo strikes

Julio Lugo, who was batting .127 in his last 19 games entering last night’s game here, did his level best to snap out of it by hitting a monstrous 408-foot home run to left-center off lefty Doug Davis, to lead off the game. It was Lugo’s fourth dinger and his 34th RBI of the season.

David Ortiz, playing first base, also walked in the inning, but the Sox were unable to mount any more offense against Davis, who struck out Manny Ramirez, after he hit a towering foul ball homer, J.D. Drew tapped out to the pitcher to end the inning.

In the second inning, Josh Beckett is getting his first at-bat of the game. Beckett is an old pro with a bat from his Florida days. He ended the inning by grounding out to third base.

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