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Kalish hit a grand slam, Ortiz had a two-run shot and Jon Lester pitched six solid innings to lead the Boston Red Sox over Tampa Bay 12-5 Monday night, preventing the Rays from climbing closer in the AL East race.
"We have a lot of young guys coming in here that have talent," Ortiz said, flashing a smile when he talked about Kalish, a rookie.
Adrian Beltre added a solo homer for Boston, swept in a three-game series by the Chicago White Sox last weekend.
The Rays lost their third straight and remained 2½ games behind the first-place New York Yankees, who lost to Baltimore 4-3 earlier in the day.
Boston moved within 6½ games of Tampa Bay in the wild-card standings.
Lester (16-8) gave up two runs and four hits while striking out 10 and walking three for his fifth win in six decisions.
The Red Sox took control by scoring three runs in each of the first two innings, and broke it open when Kalish hit his slam in a five-run fourth.
Kalish seemed almost as happy to see many former Triple-A Pawtucket teammates as he was about his homer.
"It's fun to look around here. I like it," he said. "It shows that everybody's been working real hard."
Ortiz and Beltre hit consecutive homers three pitches apart in the first to put the Red Sox ahead 3-1.
Niemann got just five outs, getting tagged for six runs, four hits and three walks. He's been roughed up in all three starts since coming off the disabled list from a strained shoulder on Aug. 25, allowing 23 runs in 16 2/3 innings.
He said he didn't feel any problems with his shoulder.
"Yeah, everything is fine. Just couldn't do what I wanted with the ball," Niemann said. "Command was off big-time and went to a lot of bad counts and they were sitting on some pitches. We've been working hard to try and find out what's going on and we feel great."
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he wasn't considering taking Niemann out of the rotation yet.
"He's just having a hard time commanding his fastball, which truly is his strong point. That is just going to take some time," Maddon said. "You do that by just working out in the bullpen and throwing the ball to your spots and when you get in the game, executing your game plan. I would say some of it has to do just between the ears a bit, just getting your confidence back."
Boston turned it into a rout by adding five runs off Sonnanstine in the fourth. After loading the bases on singles by Daniel Nava and J.D. Drew and a two-out intentional walk to Beltre, Sonnanstine walked Jed Lowrie to force home a run before Kalish belted his slam into the Rays' bullpen in right, making it 11-2. It was his second grand slam of the season, tying a club record for rookies held by six others.
"Oh, man, what a good swing," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "Sonnanstine, at the time, seemed like he was having trouble controlling. He got a cutter a little over the plate."
The Rays scored three runs in the seventh to cut it to 11-5 against reliever Robert Coello, making his major league debut. Scott Atchison came in and got Reid Brignac and Rocco Baldelli to pop out to end the inning with the bases loaded.
Coello gave up three hits and two walks while retiring just one batter.
Carl Crawford's RBI single gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead in the first.
|Ryan Kalish jogs into the open arms of David Ortiz after knocking a grand slam to help the BoSox dominate the Rays. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Tampa Bay Rays|
|B.J. Upton, CF||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.235|
|a- Matt Joyce, PH-LF||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.237|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.253|
|b- Willy Aybar, PH-2B||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||.235|
|Carl Crawford, LF||2||0||1||1||1||1||0||.302|
|c- Brad Hawpe, PH-RF||1||0||0||1||1||0||0||.251|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.294|
|d- Desmond Jennings, PH-CF||1||0||0||1||1||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||1||0||0||1||3||1||0||.205|
|Sean Rodriguez, 2B||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.263|
|e- Reid Brignac, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.263|
|Rocco Baldelli, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||6||.200|
|Ben Zobrist, RF||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.245|
|f- Dan Johnson, PH-3B||2||1||2||0||0||0||0||.186|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.181|
|a-singled for Upton in the 7th|
|b-singled for Bartlett in the 7th|
|c-walked for Crawford in the 7th|
|d-walked for Longoria in the 7th|
|e-fouled out for S. Rodriguez in the 7th|
|f-singled for Zobrist in the 7th|
|RBI - Carl Crawford (73), Brad Hawpe (39), Desmond Jennings (1), Carlos Pena (78), Sean Rodriguez (39)|
|2-OUT RBI - Sean Rodriguez (17)|
|SB - B.J. Upton (38, 2nd base off Lester/Martinez), Carl Crawford (42, 3rd base off Lester/Martinez)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - S. Rodriguez-Bartlett-Pena|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jeff Niemann (L,10-6)||1.2||4||6||6||3||4||2||4.28|
|IBB - Beltre by Andy Sonnanstine, by Beltre|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Niemann 65-37, Andy Sonnanstine 78-46, Grant Balfour 18-10, Lance Cormier 15-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 6-3, Grant Balfour 1-1, Lance Cormier 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Niemann 12, Andy Sonnanstine 21, Grant Balfour 4, Lance Cormier 5|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Daniel Nava, LF||3||2||1||0||2||1||0||.250|
|Eric Patterson, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.224|
|J.D. Drew, RF||4||1||2||0||1||0||1||.255|
|Josh Reddick, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.160|
|Victor Martinez, C||4||2||1||2||1||1||2||.288|
|Kevin Cash, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.173|
|David Ortiz, DH||3||1||2||3||2||0||1||.262|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||3||2||1||1||2||0||2||.324|
|Jed Lowrie, 2B||4||1||0||1||1||1||5||.260|
|Ryan Kalish, CF||3||3||2||4||1||0||0||.247|
|Lars Anderson, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000|
|Yamaico Navarro, SS||3||0||0||1||0||2||1||.111|
|2B - David Ortiz (32, Sonnanstine)|
|HR - David Ortiz (28, Niemann), Adrian Beltre (26, Niemann), Ryan Kalish (3, Sonnanstine)|
|SF - Yamaico Navarro (1)|
|RBI - Victor Martinez 2 (59), David Ortiz 3 (87), Adrian Beltre (93), Jed Lowrie (12), Ryan Kalish 4 (14), Yamaico Navarro (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez 2 (19), David Ortiz 3 (39), Adrian Beltre (39), Jed Lowrie (7), Ryan Kalish 4 (9)|
|SB - Ryan Kalish 2 (3, 2nd base off Niemann/Shoppach, 2nd base off Balfour/Shoppach)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Lowrie-Navarro-Anderson|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jon Lester (W,16-8)||6||4||2||2||3||10||0||3.26|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 94-59, Robert Coello 21-11, Dustin Richardson 5-1, Scott Atchison 18-11, Hideki Okajima 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 5-3, Scott Atchison 1-2, Hideki Okajima 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jon Lester 25, Robert Coello 6, Dustin Richardson 1, Scott Atchison 5, Hideki Okajima 3|
|Attendance - 37546|
|Game Time - 3:29|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Field Culbreth|