Big Papi Hits Monster Blast, Pedro Ciriaco Has 3 Hits as Sox Beat Rays

Ken Bell


Ortiz hits 23rd homer, Red Sox beat Rays


AP Baseball Writer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – David Ortiz hit his 23rd homer and Pedro Ciriaco had three hits and drove in two runs Friday night, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1. 

Franklin Morales (2-2) allowed two hits over five scoreless innings to win for the second time since he was moved into the starting rotation last month. The left-hander walked three and struck out five before being replaced by Scott Atchison, who yielded an unearned run in the sixth. 

Ortiz hit a solo homer off Jeremy Hellickson (4-6) to extend his hitting streak to a season-best eight games. Ciriaco has started four games since his promotion from the minor leagues last week and is 10 for 12 with six RBIs over the past three.

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