Red Sox beat Rays to lead ALDS 2-0

Sun Oct 6, 2013 4:11pm EDT
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(Reuters) - David Ortiz blasted two solo home runs for Boston on Saturday in a 7-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays that took the Red Sox a step closer to a place in the American League Championship Series.

Ortiz homered in the first and eighth innings as the Red Sox followed up their 12-2 win over the Rays on Friday with another victory at Fenway Park to lead the best-of-five divisional series 2-0.

Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and scored three runs while Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs.

John Lackey took the win despite giving up four runs in 5-1/3 innings before the bullpen finished off the Rays.

Tampa Bay's Cy Young winner David Price took the loss after giving up seven runs.

Price was replaced by Jake McGee after powerful Ortiz gave Boston a 7-4 cushion with a towering home run that sailed high over, and just inside, the right field foul pole.

"He's the main cog in our line-up," Boston manager John Farrell said of the Dominican slugger.

"We're capable of scoring runs in a couple of ways but when you can score in one swing of the bat, as he's done many times over, he's a huge threat for us."

Farrell was quick to also praise the rest of his team.   Continued...

Oct 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (12) celebrates with pitcher Koji Uehara (19) and pitcher Clay Buchholz (11) after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 in game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports