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Ortiz carries Red Sox to win over Rays in rainy DH opener

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BOSTON -- For all their struggles over the years against Tampa Bay, the Boston Red Sox may never have had such a wait for a victory over the pesky Rays.

Two months, six days after this game was originally scheduled, New England's whimsical weather added a rain delay of nearly three hours Tuesday before the Red Sox completed a 5-1 win over the Rays in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

"If you really put the hours into it, from the time it was first scheduled until the last out today, that's a pretty long game," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Long enough that Maddon grabbed a nap in his office after the downpour began and the field was cleared at 2:58 p.m. EDT. The next pitch was delivered at 5:57 p.m. in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Boston led 4-1 entering the delay and added another run on back-to-back triples by Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino in the sixth.

The only fans there to see it were a stout rooters who rode out the storm and were joined by others who showed up early for the second game, scheduled to start a little after 7 p.m.

That was about 20 minutes after Game 1 actually ended and with a light turnout expected, the Red Sox invited the fans from the opener back for the nightcap free of charge. But first, Fenway Park was cleared during the brief interim of about 45 minutes.

"I was worried that it was going to rain out the whole time, but so far they've been really good,'' fan Alex Cole said while packed tight in a crowd of people waiting outside the Yawkey Way gates to get back into the ballpark.

Cole and his fiancee, Kim Serulneck, were in town from Winter Park, Fla., and had tickets for the second game, but were able to get in to catch the end of the opener. He was wearing a Rays jersey and she -- originally from Framingham, Mass. -- was in Red Sox gear for Cole's first visit to Fenway.

"It was a little weird seeing it empty because of the rain. It was really cool," Cole said. "I was excited just to go in."

Security got the fans turned around and back inside before the first inning was over and Fenway was about three-fourths full despite the cool, soggy conditions.

David Ortiz drove in three runs and Ellsbury finished with a single, double and triple, scoring all three times he reached base.

Highly touted Rays prospect Wil Myers went 0 for 4 in his major-league debut. The 22-year-old rookie played right field.

Alfredo Aceves (4-1) overcame early control problems and won his third straight start, allowing one run and three hits. He did not return after the delay, which was actually his second of the day. Manager John Farrell said Aceves was stuck in traffic on his way to the park, but made eventually made it.

"He's not a guy that reports to the clubhouse early to begin with and was a little delayed," Farrell said. "He had plenty of time to get loose."

The Red Sox had lost four of six, including two of a three-game series at Tampa Bay last week. The Rays have lost five of six.

Chris Archer (1-3) took the only loss for the Rays last week, and Boston beat him again. He struck out five in 4 2/3 innings, but also walked five while allowing four runs and five hits.

Archer walked Daniel Nava to load the bases with two outs in the fifth and that was it for him. Josh Lueke came in from the bullpen and had just started warming up when the rain arrived and the game was delayed. Almost three hours later, Lueke struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the inning.

Ortiz hit a two-run single in the third after Ellsbury and Victorino opened the inning with singles.

Myers had little time to savor his debut. He was starting again in right field for Game 2.

"It was awesome. First time in the big leagues was really cool," he said. "I tried to soak it in a little bit. It was a very cool experience. It was everything I thought it would be."

Notes

  • Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia was back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday in Baltimore. He had started the team's first 70 games this season.
  • Boston 1B Mike Napoli also returned to the lineup after missing the past three games because of an illness.
  • At 22 years, 190 days old, Myers became the youngest player to make his MLB debut in right field at Fenway Park since Boston's Dwight Evans did so at 20 years, 318 days on Sept. 16, 1972.
 
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David Ortiz drives in three in the DH's first game, which is delayed nearly three hours because of rain. (USATSI)
David Ortiz drives in three in the DH's first game, which is delayed nearly three hours because of rain. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Ellsbury
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Boston

S. Victorino
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Joyce, LF4010010 .269
Desmond Jennings, CF4000012 .248
Ben Zobrist, 2B3010110 .271
Evan Longoria, 3B3100113 .303
James Loney, 1B3000112 .297
Wil Myers, RF4000012 .000
Luke Scott, DH4011010 .240
Jose Molina, C3020100 .250
Yunel Escobar, SS4010003 .241
Totals3216147  
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce (12, Uehara), Ben Zobrist (18, Aceves), Luke Scott (5, Aceves)
RBI - Luke Scott (24)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Loney-Escobar-Archer
E - James Loney (5, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Archer (L,1-3) 4.2543550 5.03
Josh Lueke 1.1211030 3.75
Cesar Ramos 2100020 4.05
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Archer 109-64, Josh Lueke 25-17, Cesar Ramos 28-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Archer 4-5, Josh Lueke 1-0, Cesar Ramos 1-3
Batters Faced - Chris Archer 24, Josh Lueke 6, Cesar Ramos 7
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5330000 .282
Shane Victorino, RF4221001 .283
Dustin Pedroia, 2B2001113 .316
David Ortiz, DH4023010 .303
Mike Napoli, 1B3010123 .263
Daniel Nava, LF2000212 .286
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4000035 .266
Will Middlebrooks, 3B3000110 .196
Stephen Drew, SS4000012 .211
Totals31585510  
Batting
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (14, Archer)
3B - Jacoby Ellsbury (7, Lueke), Shane Victorino (1, Lueke)
SF - Dustin Pedroia (3)
RBI - Shane Victorino (11), Dustin Pedroia (40), David Ortiz 3 (52)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (6)
SB - Shane Victorino (7, 2nd base off Archer/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Drew-Pedroia-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alfredo Aceves (W,4-1) 5311320 5.05
Junichi Tazawa (H,11) 1000020 2.51
Andrew Miller 1100020 2.77
Koji Uehara 1100110 2.17
Craig Breslow 1100000 1.86
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Aceves 75-43, Junichi Tazawa 12-8, Andrew Miller 20-14, Koji Uehara 31-23, Craig Breslow 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Aceves 9-3, Andrew Miller 1-0, Koji Uehara 1-1, Craig Breslow 2-1
Batters Faced - Alfredo Aceves 20, Junichi Tazawa 3, Andrew Miller 4, Koji Uehara 5, Craig Breslow 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33430
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Mark Carlson