BOSTON – Boston Red Sox won Game 2 of the American League Division Series, 7-4, Saturday at Fenway Park.
Boston struck first and early putting two runs on the board in the first inning, including a home run by David Ortiz. Tampa Bay answered with one in the second.
But the Red Sox added two more in the third. An error by Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist allowed Boston to add another run in the fourth, putting the Red Sox on top 5 to 1.
Tampa Bay came back in the fifth adding two and one more in the sixth to bring the score to 6-4, sending Boston's starting pitcher John Lackey to the showers with two outs on the board. Rays starting pitcher David Price kept Boston scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, giving Tampa Bay a chance to reduce its deficit in the seventh.
Boston relief pitcher Craig Breslow hit James Loney in the arm, sending Loney to first. Evan Longoria drew the walk to put two runners on base with one out. Boston took advantage of Ben Zobrist's short hit to second base with a double play, shutting down the threat.
Price kept Boston grounded through the seventh, giving Tampa Bay another chance, but the Rays were unable to take advantage with another double play ending the top of the eight.
David Ortiz opened the eighth for Boston with a home run, his second of the game, bringing the score to 7-4. Tampa Bay Rays coach Joe Maddon pulled Price, bringing Jake McGee to the mound.
Boston kept the pressure on, hitting against McGee to put two runners on the field with only one out. Rays defense kept the Red Sox scoreless, going into the ninth inning in need of at least three runs to tie.
It wasn't to be, the game ended with a win by Boston, putting the Red Sox ahead two games in the series.
The teams travel to St. Petersburg to play at a sold-out game at Tropicana Field on Monday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m. For ticket information, call 888-FAN-RAYS or visit raysbaseball.com.
Boston won Game 1 of the American Legion Division Series Friday afternoon 12-2. The Rays must win on Monday to stay alive in the best of five series. Tuesday’s game at St. Petersburg is set to start at 8:30 p.m.