Ross leads Sox over Rays, 5-3

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Ross leads Sox over Rays, 5-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It took six pitchers, and four RBI night from Cody Ross, but the Red Sox managed a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ross worked a bases-loaded walk, hit a solo homer and drove in two inusrance runs in the eighth inning, accounting for all but one of the team's runs. Marlon Byrd added a solo homer -- his first with the Sox and first in 127 at-bats -- to account for the other Boston run.
Felix Doubront improved to 4-1 with 5 23 innings of work, allowing just one earned run.
When Doubront left, manager Bobby Valentine put his bullpen to work, at one point using four different relievers to record one out each.
Alfredo Aceves got the final four outs of the game, notching his eighth save.
The Red Sox have won four of six against Tampa this season and have six wins in their last seven games overall.

David Ortiz hits 2-run homer, Red Sox beat Rays, 2-1

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David Ortiz hits 2-run homer, Red Sox beat Rays, 2-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the first inning to set the RBI record for a player in his final season, and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Friday night for their ninth straight win

Ortiz's 37th homer came off Chris Archer (8-19) and raised his RBIs total to 124, one more than Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1920. The 40-year-old's 540th homer, his 300th on the road, struck an overhanging catwalk above the right-field seats.

Coming off four-game sweeps of the New York Yankees and Baltimore, the Red Sox began the night with a six-game lead over second-place Toronto in the AL East. They lowered their magic number to two for clinching a playoff berth.

Drew Pomeranz (3-5) allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Brad Ziegler, the fifth Boston reliever, got his fourth save after allowing a leadoff double in the ninth to Evan Longoria.

David Ortiz sets mark for most RBIs in final season

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David Ortiz sets mark for most RBIs in final season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Ortiz has set the record for most RBIs in a final season.

Boston's 40-year-old designated hitter hit a two-run homer off Tampa Bay's Chris Archer in the first inning Friday, giving him 124 RBIs.

Ortiz has one more RBI than Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1920. Ortiz's 37 homers are two more than old mark for most in a final year, set by Dave Kingman in 1986.

Ortiz, who said in November this will be his final season, has hit 300 of his 540 home runs on the road.