The Boston Red Sox are within one game from the American League Championship Series after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday night 7-4 at Fenway Park.
The win goes to John Lackey.
Coming off a long layoff, Lackey could not make it out of the sixth. Tampa put the leadoff runner on base five out of six frames, but Lackey held his own for the most part.
Uehara missed striking out the side in the ninth on nine pitches by a foul tip by Wil Myers. Uehara eventually ended the game inducing a grounder to first.
David Price, Tampa’s ace, struggled.
He pitched around Ortiz’s solo home run in the first, but found himself down 5-1 in the fourth. Joe Maddon stuck with him as Tampa fought back, but Ortiz’s second homer in the eighth knock him out.
The Rays struggled again on defense. Costly errors and not playing caroms off the Green Monster cost them dearly. Tampa again Saturday did more to beat themselves than they did all year.
The series takes Sunday off as a travel day before Clay Buchholz squares off against Alex Cobb Monday night at 6 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
Another solid outing by Buchholz could see Boston sweep.
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