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Sox restore order in epic rout
Red Sox retain perch
The heart of the Red Sox order beat loud and clear Tuesday, as David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek combined to go 16-for-19 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in a rout of the Devil Rays. Curt Schilling earned the win as Boston stayed a half-game ahead of the Yankees in the AL East.
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Red Sox 15, Devil Rays 2
David Ortiz and Toby Hall watch the flight of Ortiz's second mammoth blast Tuesday. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
Series at a glance:
Rays KO'd in no-contest
The Devil Rays were unable to play the part of spoiler for a second night, as the Red Sox bounced back with five homers Tuesday, including four off starter Seth McClung in his two-plus innings. On the bright side, Jorge Cantu set the club's RBI record (108) with a first-inning solo homer.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 20, 2005
BOS
Boston (88-63)
Won 1
Boston 15, Tampa Bay 2   TB
Tampa Bay (63-89)
Lost 1
September 20, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
3 0 4 3 3 0 2 0 0   15 21 0
Tampa Bay
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 6 0
Standings through 9/20/05  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox Stats  |  Devil Rays Stats
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Damon, CF5110010.318
Machado, LF-2B1000002.250
Renteria, SS4100101.272
Ramirez, H, SS1000010.000
Ortiz, DH5444000.302
a-Mirabelli, PH-DH1000000.226
Ramirez, M, LF4443000.290
Hyzdu, CF2000000.182
Nixon, RF6443010.284
Varitek, C5042011.286
Shoppach, C1000000.000
Olerud, 1B3111312.311
Mueller, 3B4020101.296
Petagine, LF1000001.281
Cora, 2B-3B5012007.226
Totals481521155515 

a-Grounded out for Ortiz in the 8th.

BATTING
3B: Nixon (1, Beimel).
HR: Ortiz 2 (46, 1st inning off McClung, 1 on, 1 out; 3rd inning off McClung, 1 on, 0 out), Ramirez, M 2 (38, 1st inning off McClung, 0 on, 1 out; 5th inning off Beimel, 1 on, 2 out), Nixon (13, 3rd inning off McClung, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Damon; Ortiz 10; Ramirez, M 10; Nixon 9; Varitek 4; Olerud; Mueller 2; Cora.
RBI: Ortiz 4 (140), Ramirez, M 3 (128), Nixon 3 (63), Varitek 2 (68), Olerud (34), Cora 2 (23).
2-out RBI: Nixon; Varitek 2; Olerud; Ramirez, M 2; Cora 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cora 4; Machado.
Team LOB: 11.

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lugo, SS2000000.292
a-Munson, E, PH-3B2000003.182
Crawford, LF2110000.304
b-Gomes, PH-RF2000021.283
Cantu, 2B1112000.290
Green, 2B1000010.238
Huff, DH4010011.257
Hollins, RF-LF4000032.252
Gonzalez, 3B-SS4000010.261
Lee, 1B3010010.272
c-Perez, PH1000000.262
Hall, C1010000.285
Laforest, C2000110.193
Gathright, CF3010023.281
Totals3226211210 

a-Popped out for Lugo in the 5th. b-Struck out for Crawford in the 5th. c-Grounded out for Lee in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Huff (26, Schilling).
HR: Cantu (27, 1st inning off Schilling, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Crawford; Cantu 4; Huff 2; Lee; Hall; Gathright.
RBI: Cantu 2 (109).
2-out RBI: Cantu.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hollins; Munson, E.
SF: Cantu.
Team LOB: 6.

 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Schilling (W, 7-8)7.06221715.89
Delcarmen 1.00000303.52
DiNardo 1.00000202.79
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
McClung (L, 6-11)2.07771247.11
Brazelton 1.26331107.61
Beimel 1.15331012.61
Corcoran 4.03222206.75

McClung pitched to 4 batters in the 3rd.

WP: Schilling, Brazelton.
HBP: Green (by Delcarmen).
Pitches-strikes: Schilling 114-79, Delcarmen 19-13, DiNardo 18-11, McClung 61-37, Brazelton 48-25, Beimel 39-23, Corcoran 60-37.
Ground outs-fly outs: Schilling 3-11, Delcarmen 0-0, DiNardo 1-0, McClung 3-1, Brazelton 1-3, Beimel 1-3, Corcoran 6-4.
Batters faced: Schilling 28, Delcarmen 4, DiNardo 3, McClung 14, Brazelton 12, Beimel 10, Corcoran 17.
Inherited runners-scored: Beimel 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Froemming. 1B: Mike Winters. 2B: Jerry Meals. 3B: Hunter Wendelstedt.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:13.
Att: 18,723.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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