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Behind David Ortiz’s two-homer night, Red Sox take a 2-0 lead in the ALDS

Oct 5, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

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The Red Sox will head down to Tampa Bay happy campers. After a thorough 12-2 dismantling of the Rays in Game 1, the Sox scored seven runs against 2012 AL Cy Young award winner David Price in seven-plus innings, just enough run support for John Lackey.

The scoring started early, with Jacoby Ellsbury leading off the game with a single, stealing second base and forcing a throwing error to advance to third base, then scoring on Dustin Pedroia‘s sacrifice fly. David Ortiz added a well-struck home run to right-center to make it 2-0.

After the Rays clawed back for a run in the top of the second on a Delmon Young sac fly, the Sox scored another two runs in the bottom of the third on a double by Jacoby Ellsbury and an RBI fielder’s choice by Pedroia. The Sox would make it 5-1 in the fourth on an RBI triple by Stephen Drew.

The Rays did a good job against Lackey, tagging him for seven hits and three walks. James Loney struck a big blow in the fifth, driving a two-run double to center to make it 5-3. With Loney on second, the Rays had two opportunities to draw closer or even tie the game, but after Evan Longoria walked, Ben Zobrist struck out to end the rally.

As quickly as the Rays got those two runs, the Red Sox took one back. Ellsbury led off the inning with a single, then used his speed to score from first on a Pedroia double off the Green Monster.

Lackey took the hill for the sixth, but the Rays chased him quickly. Desmond Jennings led off the inning with a single, then advanced to second on Young’s ground out. He came around to score from second on an RBI single to right by Yunel Escobar. Rays manager Joe Maddon then pinch-hit catcher Jose Molina with the left-handed Matt Joyce, prompting Red Sox manager John Farrell to take out Lackey in favor of lefty reliever Craig Breslow. Breslow retired Joyce and then Sean Rodriguez to exit the inning without any further damage. Breslow also pitched a scoreless seventh in support of Lackey. Junichi Tazawa worked around a one-out single by Young in the eighth.

In the bottom of the eighth, Ortiz struck again, leading off the inning with a home run to right field that wrapped around Pesky’s Pole for his second home run of the night. Prior to Ortiz, the last Red Sox hitter to homer twice in a post-season game was Pedroia in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Rays in 2008.

Closer Koji Uehara disposed of the Rays quickly in the ninth, striking out Joyce and Jose Lobaton, then getting Wil Myers to ground out to first to make the 7-4 Sox victory official. He threw 11 pitches, all of them strikes. Now up 2-0 in the ALDS, the two teams will head down to Tampa for Game 3 on Monday. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz will oppose Rays starter Alex Cobb.

  1. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    After the first 8 strikes, really wanted to see Uehara get the Immaculate Inning. (9 pitches, 3 strikeouts). Alas, it was not to be…

  2. bowltr - Oct 5, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Amazing how Tampa ever loses with Joe Maddon in the dugout.

    Think he’s drinking Pinot now?

  3. mccourty1sland - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    I like butter on my toast and cream cheese on my bagels. I hate Joe Maddon’s stupid glasses and dumb face.

  4. raysfan1 - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    On the road today and so missed this. Will be in FL for the first time in a few years this week. Found out my sister bought tickets for game 3 Monday. What an awesome sister I have!

  5. drelms - Oct 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I almost feel sorry for the Rays, here they go back to Florida and there will probably be more Red Sox fans there than Rays fans. Unless there is a complete meltdown I don’t know how the Sox can lose this series.

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