Red Sox Use Heavy Lumber to Sweep the Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Adrian Beltre homered twice and

David Ortiz went deep yet again to lead the surging Boston Red Sox

to an 11-3 victory and three-game sweep of the baseball's-best

Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

Beltre matched a career high with six RBIs and finished a double

shy of the cycle after his ninth-inning triple put the game out of

reach. Ortiz homered for the sixth time in his last 11 games and

ninth time this month.

John Lackey (5-3) allowed two runs over 6 1-3 innings, pitching

his best with runners in scoring position. The victory was the

eighth in nine games for the Red Sox.

Beltre hit a solo homer off Matt Garza (5-3) in the second

inning, and his three-run shot off the Tampa Bay starter made it

4-1 in the third.