BOSTON -- John Lackey has watched David Ortiz wreak destruction on
playoff opponents before.
He finally got a chance to see it from the same dugout.
"I like it a lot better on this side, thats for sure," Lackey said after
Ortiz hit two homers to lead the Red Sox to a 7-4 victory over the
Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday and give Boston a 2-0 lead in the AL division
It was the first two-homer post-season game for Ortiz, who is the only
player remaining from the 2004 Red Sox team that won the franchises
first World Series title in 86 years. He was also a star of the 07 team
that won it all; both times, they opened the playoffs by eliminating
Lackeys Los Angeles Angels.
"Hes tough this time of year -- any time of year," Lackey said. "Hes a
guy that likes bright lights, for sure."
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and scored three runs for the AL East
champions. Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs, and Lackey earned the win
in his first post-season start since joining the Red Sox as a free
agent in 2010.
Ortiz hit his first homer in the first inning, then his second in the
eighth to chase Rays starter David Price.
"As long as we win, it means a lot," Ortiz said. "Its not over. Weve got
to keep on fighting."
Tampa Bay will need a victory in Game 3 on Monday in St. Petersburg,
Fla., to avoid a sweep in the best-of-five series. The Rays won three
win-or-go-home games this week just to reach this round, including
Prices complete game in the tiebreaker against Texas to determine the
second AL wild-card team.
"Im really looking forward to Game 5 here," said Rays manager Joe
Maddon, knowing the Rays would have to win the next two to force the
series to the limit. "We just went through a week of (our) backs against
the wall, so its not new to us. Its going to be difficult. ... But I
dont think its impossible by any means."
"Boston this time of the year is kind of lovely, and Im looking forward
to coming back in a few days."
With the situation not yet desperate, Price allowed seven runs on nine
hits and two walks, striking out five. He took the mound for the eighth
inning, but Ortiz hit his second pitch high over the Pesky Pole, and
right-field umpire Chris Guccione signalled it fair.
"When he hits two home runs, things are going to revolve around him,"
Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Hes the main cog in our lineup."
There was no such suspense for Ortizs first homer, which went into
Boston bullpen to make it 2-0. Not even right fielder Wil Myers, who
misplayed a Big Papi popup into a double in right field in Bostons 12-2
win on Friday, could be blamed for that one.
Every Red Sox starter had a hit and scored a run in Game 1. In the
sequel, everyone in the starting lineup got a hit except Mike Napoli,
who drew two walks.
Lackey lasted 5 1-3 innings for Boston, allowing four runs on seven hits
and three walks. He struck out six and also hit a batter while getting
the win. Koji Uehara struck out the first two batters in the ninth
before retiring Myers on a grounder.
The most visible -- but hardly the only --defensive goat in Game 1,
Myers was razzed by the Fenway Park crowd during every at-bat. The Rays
rookie drew a sarcastic cheer after catching an easy fly ball in the
fifth, but he had no real problems in the field.
Not so for the rest of the Rays. They committed two errors -- a throwing
error by second baseman Ben Zobrist and one by catcher Jose Molina in
the first, when Ellsbury stole second and took third on the throw.
It was that kind of night for Ellsbury, who missed most of September
with a broken right foot. After hitting a single and scoring in the
first, he reached on a bloop double behind the third baseman in the
third to drive in a run, moved up on Shane Victorinos single and scored
on Pedroias grounder.
He also singled to lead off the fifth and scored on Pedroias double.
Tampa Bay made it 6-4 on Yuniel Escobars single, but Ortiz gave Boston
back its cushion with a high fly ball that sailed over the right field
foul pole that sits just 302 feet from home plate. Escobar, James Loney
and Desmond Jennings each had two hits for Tampa Bay.
NOTES: The Red Sox also beat the Rays in Game 1 of their last playoff
matchup, the 2008 AL championship series. Tampa Bay won Game 2 and won
the series in seven games. ... Victorino broke up a double play in the
third by upending Ben Zobrist at second base. ... Stephen Drew had an
RBI triple in the Boston fourth.
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