Big Papi Leads Sox To Victory Over the Rays
BOSTON (AP) – David Ortiz hit a three-run homer with first base
open to break a fifth-inning tie, and Adrian Beltre had four hits
Tuesday night to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 8-5 victory over the
Tampa Bay Rays.
John Lackey (9-3) won his fifth straight decision, allowing one
run, eight hits and two walks, striking out three to give the Red
Sox their 10th win in 13 games. With the Yankees' loss to the
Seattle Mariners, Boston moved within one game behind first-place
New York in the AL East.
Lackey and James Shields (6-8) had dueling shutouts until the
bottom of the fifth, when Ortiz homered with runners on second and
third and two outs.
Beltre singled and scored to make it 5-0 after six innings, then
doubled and scored on Bill Hall's homer that made it 8-1 after
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