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Ortiz's two HRs help BoSox clobber Rays, hold AL East lead

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With Boston needing to win to hang on to first place in the AL East, the Red Sox knew they could count on David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez.

"They're special to watch," Kevin Millar said Tuesday night after the sluggers both hit two 400-foot homers to help Curt Schilling and the defending world champions to a 15-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Ortiz hit his AL-leading 45th and 46th homers and drove in four runs. Ramirez had three RBI and joined Ortiz, Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek with four hits for the Red Sox, who remained one-half game in front of the New York Yankees, who beat Baltimore 12-9.

Nixon homered and drove in three runs, and Varitek contributed two RBI as Boston rebounded from Monday night's 8-7 loss to the last-place Devil Rays, a setback that left the Red Sox clinging to their thinnest lead in the division in two months.

"The standings don't mean anything right now," Millar said. "You fight until the end and see where the chips lay."

Boston finished with 21 hits and tied an AL record with four players with four apiece. The Red Sox are the first team to accomplish the feat since Minnesota did it against Cleveland on June 24, 2002.

Ortiz hit two-run homers off Seth McClung (6-11) in the first and third innings, giving him home runs in three consecutive at-bats over two games and his second consecutive four-RBI game against the Devil Rays.

Ortiz's first home run traveled an estimated 402 feet to right field. The second was an even more majestic 451-foot shot to right-center.

"On the second ball, (John) Olerud had the best line: `They need to put out a public address and tell the children to be careful.' It was a gorgeous swing from a very strong man," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

"He's one of the best hitters in the game, if not the best. The timing of some of his hits has made him extraordinary. ... When we need him to be that good, he's answered almost every time. It's fun to watch."

Ortiz boosted his major league-leading RBI total to 140 and is batting .447 with eight homers, 18 RBI and 13 runs scored during a 10-game hitting streak. His 46 homers are a club season record for a left-handed batter and tie Jim Rice for the second-most hit by a Red Sox in one year.

Ramirez followed Ortiz's first-inning shot with his 37th homer which traveled 433 feet. Nixon's two-run blast off McClung finished a four-run third. McClung allowed seven runs and seven hits in two-plus innings.

"Those guys are pretty good. ... It's a tough lineup to pitch to," McClung said, searching for words. "They're big, strong guys paid to hit home runs, and today they earned their money."

Schilling (7-8) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out seven and walked one in seven innings to improve to 2-3 in six starts since returning to the rotation on Aug. 25. The six-time All-Star gave up a solo homer to Jorge Cantu in the first and watched the speedy Carl Crawford score from second base on Cantu's sacrifice fly to deep center in the third.

Ortiz singled in the fourth and fifth, giving him hits in six consecutive at-bats. He grounded out in the sixth to snap the streak.

The slugger scored on Nixon's RBI single in the fourth and again in the fifth when Ramirez hit a 418-foot shot off Joe Beimel for his third multihomer game of the season and 42nd of his career.

Ortiz has nine multihomer games, one shy of the Red Sox record set by Jimmie Foxx in 1938. He has 10 homers in 18 games against Tampa Bay this season, while Ramirez has homered seven times against the Devil Rays.

Notes

  • The Red Sox last had four players with four hits on June 8, 1950, against the St. Louis Browns.
  • Ortiz has 27 homers on the road, a Red Sox record. Ted Williams had 26 in 1957.
  • Cantu's two RBI gave him a Devil Rays' season record 109. Aubrey Huff drove in 107 in 2003.
  • McClung has allowed seven homers in 9 1/3 innings over his last three starts, all losses. Ortiz has three homers in five at-bats against the right-hander this season.
 
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Big Papi smacks a two-run shot off Seth McClung in the third for his second dinger of the game.  (AP)
Big Papi smacks a two-run shot off Seth McClung in the third for his second dinger of the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 5
R 4
H 4
HR 2
RBI 4
Boston

M. Ramirez
AB 4
R 4
H 4
HR 2
RBI 3
 
Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon, CF5110010 .318
    Alejandro Machado, LF-2B1000002 .250
Edgar Renteria, SS4100101 .272
    Hanley Ramirez, SS1000010 .000
David Ortiz, DH5444000 .302
   a- Doug Mirabelli, PH-DH1000000 .226
Manny Ramirez, LF4443000 .290
    Adam Hyzdu, CF2000000 .182
Trot Nixon, RF6443010 .284
Jason Varitek, C5042011 .286
    Kelly Shoppach, C1000000 .000
John Olerud, 1B3111312 .311
Bill Mueller, 3B4020101 .296
    Roberto Petagine, LF1000001 .281
Alex Cora, 2B-3B5012007 .226
Totals481521155515 
a-grounded out for Ortiz in the 8th
Batting
3B - Trot Nixon (1, Beimel)
HR - David Ortiz 2 (46, McClung, McClung), Manny Ramirez 2 (38, McClung, Beimel), Trot Nixon (13, McClung)
RBI - David Ortiz 4 (140), Manny Ramirez 3 (128), Trot Nixon 3 (63), Jason Varitek 2 (68), John Olerud (34), Alex Cora 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Ramirez 2 (46), Trot Nixon (27), Jason Varitek 2 (29), John Olerud (6), Alex Cora 2 (10)
Team LOB - 11
Boston Red Sox
Curt Schilling (W,7-8) 7622171 5.89
Manny Delcarmen 1000030 3.52
Lenny DiNardo 1000020 2.79
HBP - Green (by Manny Delcarmen)
WP - Curt Schilling (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Curt Schilling 114-77, Manny Delcarmen 19-13, Lenny DiNardo 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Curt Schilling 3-11, Lenny DiNardo 1-0
Batters Faced - Curt Schilling 28, Manny Delcarmen 4, Lenny DiNardo 3
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS2000000 .292
   a- Eric Munson, PH-3B2000003 .182
Carl Crawford, LF2110000 .304
   b- Jonny Gomes, PH-RF2000021 .283
Jorge Cantu, 2B1112000 .290
    Nick Green, 2B1000010 .238
Aubrey Huff, DH4010011 .257
Damon Hollins, RF-LF4000032 .252
Alex Gonzalez, 3B-SS4000010 .261
Travis Lee, 1B3010010 .272
   c- Eduardo Perez, PH1000000 .262
Toby Hall, C1010000 .285
    Pete Laforest, C2000110 .193
Joey Gathright, CF3010023 .281
Totals3226211210 
a-popped out for Lugo in the 5th
b-struck out for Crawford in the 5th
c-grounded out for Lee in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (26, Schilling)
HR - Jorge Cantu (27, Schilling)
SF - Jorge Cantu (6)
RBI - Jorge Cantu 2 (109)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu (42)
Team LOB - 6
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Seth McClung (L,6-11) 2777124 7.11
Dewon Brazelton 1.2633110 7.61
Joe Beimel 1.1533101 2.61
Tim Corcoran 4322220 6.75
WP - Dewon Brazelton (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Seth McClung 61-37, Dewon Brazelton 48-25, Joe Beimel 39-23, Tim Corcoran 60-37
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Seth McClung 3-1, Dewon Brazelton 1-3, Joe Beimel 1-3, Tim Corcoran 6-4
Batters Faced - Seth McClung 14, Dewon Brazelton 12, Joe Beimel 10, Tim Corcoran 17
Game Information
Attendance - 18723
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bruce Froemming, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt