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

seven.

 

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