(BOSTON) — David Ortiz hit two home runs off Tampa Bay starter David Price leading the Boston Red Sox past the Rays 7-4, in Game 2 of the American League Division Series Saturday.
The Red Sox now lead the best-of-five series 2-0.
“When he hits two home runs things are going to revolve around him,” Red Sox skipper John Farrell said of Ortiz. “Can’t say enough about the year he’s had. He’s probably surpassed our expectation of games played. He’s been so productive — which has been consistent with his entire career. It’s always been a matter of health, and with the work that he’s done to maintain the health…he’s the main cog in our lineup.”
The Red Sox didn’t take long to get to Price. Dustin Pedroia, who drove in three runs in the win, hit a sacrifice fly and Ortiz followed with his first home run of the game to give the Sox a 2-0 lead in the first.
Price finished the day pitching seven innings allowing nine hits, seven runs, two walks and five strikeouts.
Jacoby Ellsbury scored three runs and had three hits in the win.
The series now shifts to Tampa Bay on Monday. Clay Buchholz takes the mound for Boston and will square off against Alex Cobb.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire