Ortiz powers Red Sox past Tampa Bay
NEW YORK (Reuters) – David Ortiz slammed a pair of solo
home runs and Curt Schilling notched his 14th win to help the
Boston Red Sox edge the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3-2 in St
Petersburg on Friday.
Ortiz underlined his MVP credentials with a two towering
homers, including the game winner, giving Big Papi” a major
league best 39 home runs for the season and 107 RBI.
“Everybody takes responsibility and everybody is trying to
do their thing,” Ortiz told MLB.com. “That’s what we need right
now, guys to step forward and do whatever it takes to win
Curt Schilling (14-4) also displayed Cy Young form as the
39-year-old right-hander delivered seven sharp innings, giving
up two runs on nine hits, striking out four and walking a pair
to help the Red Sox to their third win in five games.
Carl Crawford and Damon Hollins each tagged Schilling for a
solo home run but the Devil Rays would get no more, Manny
Delcarmen tossing an inning of scoreless relief before Jonathan
Papelbon took over in the ninth to get the final three outs.
It was his 30th save of the season and a big win for the
Red Sox, allowing them to keep pace with the New York Yankees,
who slipped past the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 and continue to lead
the American League east by a game.
“That was a struggle,” said Schilling. “It was an important
“They’re all important. But on the heels of everything that
has happened, it was a grind tonight.”
Catcher Javy Lopez, obtained from the Baltimore Orioles
earlier in the day, was pushed into immediate service by the
Red Sox when Doug Mirabelli went down with an ankle injury in
the first inning following a collision at home plate.
Lopez failed to get an in on his Red Sox debut, going
The Devil Rays took the early lead, with Hollins connecting
on a first-inning homer and Crawford adding another in the
third to put the home side 2-0 ahead.
But the Red Sox struck for three unanswered runs, Ortiz
getting Boston on the board with a solo blast in the fourth
before Kevin Youkilis tied the game in sixth on a sacrifice
Ortiz then capped the comeback, with an eighth inning
lead-off homer to deep center off Seth McClung (3-11).
In Baltimore, Jorge Posada connected on a ninth inning solo
home run to lift the Yankees past the Orioles 5-4.
Deadlocked at 4-4 with one out, Posada took the first pitch
he saw from closer Chris Ray and parked over the wall in deep
right for his 14th homer of the season.
The Yankees extended their win streak to five games, Johnny
Damon also slamming his 14th homer of the season, a
first-inning solo shot to put New York ahead.
Miguel Cairo contributed a pair of RBI to the win and Derek
Jeter extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Yankees ace Randy Johnson worked six innings, allowing four
runs on nine hits but did not figure in the decision, Scott
Proctor (4-2) getting two outs in the eighth to take credit for
Mariano Rivera came on in the ninth to seal the victory
along with his 27th save.
New York led 3-0 in the second but the Orioles score twice
in the third and fifth innings to take a 4-3 lead.
Craig Wilson doubled in Jason Giambi, setting up the chance
for Posada’s game winner.
(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto)