Final Score: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - David Ortiz hit his 23rd home run of the
season and Franklin Morales tossed five scoreless innings as the Red Sox
topped the Rays, 3-1, in the opener of a three-game set.
Morales (2-2) held the Rays to two hits and three walks en route to the win.
He struck out five.
"Franklin Morales gave us five really strong innings," said Red Sox manager
Bobby Valentine of his starter.
Boston second baseman Pedro Ciriaco went 3-for-3 on the night and is now 10-
for-16 on the season with the Sox. He also knocked in a pair of runs for
Boston, which had lost six of seven before the All-Star Break.
Jeremy Hellickson (4-6) lost his sixth straight decision after allowing three
runs on five hits and four walks in six-plus innings.
Ben Zobrist picked up two doubles and scored a run for the Rays, who have lost
four of their last six.
Ortiz gave the Red Sox an early lead when he hit a no-doubt home run to right-
center field in the first inning.
"I made a bad pitch there to Ortiz in the first that cost me, but overall I
think my stuff was pretty good," remarked Hellickson.
Hellickson lost control in the second inning and loaded the bases with a
pair of walks and a hit-by-pitch. Ciriaco capitalized by sending a ground
ball up the middle to plate two runs.
The Rays had an opportunity to score off Morales in the fourth when the left-
hander walked the bases loaded with two outs, but Luke Scott went down
The Rays finally got on the board in the sixth inning after Zobrist reached
second on a two-base throwing error by Sox shortstop Mike Aviles. Sean
Rodriguez roped a double down the third-base line to score him and pull the
Rays within two.
Scott Atchison, Andrew Miller, Matt Albers, Vicente Padilla and Alfredo Aceves
combined for four strong inning of relief, allowing only an unearned run with
six strikeouts and no walks. With a perfect ninth, Aceves recorded his 20th
save of the season.
Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was activated from the 60-day disabled
list prior to the game and led off, going 1-for-5 with two strikeouts...Boston
first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was scratched before the game because of an
ongoing illness. He was replaced by Mauro Gomez, who played first base and hit
fourth...Ciriaco is hitting .418 (23-for-55) in 35 major league games with
Pittsburgh and Boston...Ortiz has hit safely in 14 of his last 15
games...Morales has a 0.93 earned run average (three earned runs in 29 1/3
innings) in 13 road outings this season (three starts)...Boston beat Tampa Bay
on Friday the 13th in April, 12-2...The Rays signed first-round pick Richie
Shaffer prior to the game...Boston went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring
position and Tampa Bay went 2-for-10.
07/14 01:36:34 ET
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