David Ortiz stole the show from himself.
On the opening night of a three-day celebration of his career, Ortiz hit a game-deciding homer to lead the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over Toronto on Friday night and overshadow the pregame ceremony to honor him.
"You expect it," second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. "In this game it's so tough to do, and he makes it look easy."
Ortiz had an RBI single in the first inning, rewarding the rain-soaked crowd that rose to its feet chanting "Papi!" In his next at-bat, after another standing ovation, Ortiz lined the ball off Marco Estrada's leg and the pitcher regrouped for an easy putout at first.