By Sean McAdam and Maureen Mullen
BOSTON -- David Ortiz, not surprisingly, doesn't hit a lot of triples. So when he gets one, he savors it.
Ortiz tripled to center to lead off the fifth inning Sunday in the Red Sox' 5-0 shutout of the Toronto Blue Jays and wore a smile as he stood on third base.
It was his first of the season and 15th of his career.
Asked if he made the decision to head for third as soon as he hit second base, Ortiz offered a straight-faced response: "Definitely, man. I got speed. I'm a speed killer . . . I've been watching guys run a long time, so I picked some things up.''
As if to emphasize the point, Ortiz yelled into manager Terry Francona's office that he expected to hit leadoff Monday.
Ortiz joined Johnny Damon and Carlos Guillen as the only American Leaguers with at least one triple in each of the last 11 seasons. Ortiz has exactly one triple in each of the last four years. His career high was three, reached in 2004.
He later contributed an RBI single in the win Sunday and has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games at a .321 clip. Dating back to July 22, after shaking off something of a post-All-Star break slump, Ortiz is hitting .308.