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October 28, 2013

Papi Power: Ortiz revs up Red Sox with bat, bark

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"David Ortiz rallied us together," Gomes said.

Ortiz added another single in the eighth and was pulled for a pinch-runner. He is 8 for 11 in this matchup and 17 for 39 overall in the World Series — at .436, he is second among all players with at least 40 plate appearances to Bobby Brown at .439.

"His career shows what he's done," Farrell said.

Along with telling his teammates to lighten up, Ortiz showed them how.

In the seventh, Daniel Descalso hit an infield popup to the right side. Ortiz and second baseman Dustin Pedroia both put up their gloves, and the ball drifted into the sky.

The sure-handed Pedroia tracked it the whole way. Ortiz, meanwhile, playfully stood in his spot with his arms in the air and let Pedroia make the catch.

It was the only time Ortiz backed away all night.

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