BOSTON (AP) — Neal Cotts didn't care what the replay showed. He knew he had thrown a poor pitch.
David Ortiz hit a three-run homer high over the Pesky Pole in the eighth inning, helping the Boston Red Sox rally for a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
"It was really close. I couldn't really tell," Cotts said. "You couldn't even tell on the replay. If I made a better pitch, he wouldn't have hit it that far."
Cotts came in to face Ortiz with runners on first and third with one out. Ortiz's drive was heading down the right-field line before it curled around the pole just 302 feet from home plate. Ortiz remained in the batter's box until first-base umpire Jerry Meals signaled a home run.
"Yep, he's good. No doubt about it," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I felt comfortable with Neal up against him. David won."
The loss spoiled an eighth-inning rally by the Rangers, who took a 2-1 lead on Alex Rios' sacrifice fly.
"Ortiz is one of the best and one of the clutchest hitters in the history," said Texas' Elvis Andrus, who had scored the go-ahead run after opening the eighth with a double. "There's not much you can do. He was doing his magic. There's not much you can do except turn the page and get ready for the next game."
Washington came out after Ortiz crossed the plate to ask for a review. After 44.1 seconds, the play was upheld.
Andrew Miller (1-0) earned the victory despite allowing the Rangers to score the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth. Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his second save. Alexi Ogando (0-1) allowed two runs.
Boston scored in the third inning on two walks and a swinging bunt single that was thrown away for an error by pitcher Robbie Ross. The Rangers tied it in the seventh on Mitch Moreland's homer.
"It's real disheartening," Cotts said. "Everybody played well except the guy you're talking to."