Saturday, October 5, 2013

Papi 'Price'-Check On Aisle 'Yard'; Sox Win, 7-4

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
David Ortiz took David Price deep twiceJacoby Ellsbury had three hits and Dustin Pedroia knocked in three runs to pace the Red Sox to a 7-4 win over Tampa and a commanding 2-0 ALDS series lead. Boston went to the plate in an uncharacteristically aggressive mode against Price and built an early 5-1 lead on the Rays' ace. But John Lackey was generally ineffective and allowed Tampa to crawl back and make it a game at 5-3. It was 6-4 in the eighth when Ortiz unloaded a monster shot deep into the right field grandstands to give Boston a more comfortable three-run bulge and chase Price. Koji Uehara took it from there—striking out two in another 1-2-3 ninth. Boston now heads to Tampa and will send Clay Buchholz to the hill on Monday to go for the series sweep.