ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Ortiz’s three-run home run helped the Boston Red Sox end a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
Ortiz’s 25th home run came off Chris Archer in the third inning after a walk and Dustin Pedroia’s infield single. The loss ended the Rays’ nine-game winning streak, their longest in 10 years and second-longest in franchise history.
Ortiz’s homer was his fifth in seven games and his 29th at Tropicana Field, most among visiting players. It was the 456th of his career.
Desmond Jennings drove in the Tampa Bay’s runs with a double off Boston starter Allen Webster in the third.
Webster (1-0) pitched 5 1-3 innings in his major league season debut, giving up two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four. He left after Jackie Bradley caught Evan Longoria’s 400-foot line drive before crashing into the center field wall in the sixth.
Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 21st save, striking out the last three batters.
Archer (6-6) gave up three runs, all on Ortiz’s home run, on six hits in six innings, losing for the first time since June 24.
The win was the first of the season for the Red Sox at Tropicana Field, where they had lost five straight. Pedroia and Daniel Nava had two hits each for the Red Sox, who did not have a hit over the last five innings.
NOTES: Boston manager John Farrell has talked with backup INF-OF Mike Carp, who recently requested a trade. “I respect his desire to play more, and yet we’ve been very consistent with his role,” Farrell said. “I understand when players want to get on the field more consistently.” … Derrick Brooks, who will be inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame next month, threw the ceremonial first pitch. … The Rays open a three-game interleague series Monday night with RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-8) pitching against Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse (11-4). … Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (5-6) and Toronto knuckleballer R.A.Dickey (8-10) are the scheduled starters Monday night in the opener of a three-game series.
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