David Ortiz homered in each of his first two at-bats on Wednesday. (Steve Nesius/AP)
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
David Ortiz crushed a pair of majestic home runs, including a drive into a catwalk in right field that never came down, but the Red Sox mustered little other offense against the Rays. Tim Wakefield did not make it through the third inning, allowing six runs in the rubber game of the series.
BATTING 2B: Youkilis (41, Balfour). HR: Ortiz, D 2 (21, 1st inning off Garza, M, 1 on, 1 out; 4th inning off Garza, M, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Ellsbury 2; Ortiz, D 8; Pedroia; Youkilis 2. RBI: Ortiz, D 3 (84). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ortiz, D; Casey. GIDP: Pedroia. Team RISP: 0-for-4. Team LOB: 5.
FIELDING E: Hansack (1, pickoff), Lopez, Jav (4, fielding).
BATTING 2B: Longoria (28, Wakefield). HR: Aybar, W (10, 1st inning off Wakefield, 1 on, 2 out), Gross (13, 2nd inning off Wakefield, 0 on, 1 out), Perez,
F (2, 2nd inning off Wakefield, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Bartlett 2; Gross 5; Longoria 2; Pena, C; Aybar, W 6; Perez, F 5; Iwamura. RBI: Pena, C 2 (91), Aybar, W 3 (31), Gross (38), Perez, F 2 (5), Bartlett (31). 2-out RBI: Aybar, W 2; Perez, F. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bartlett 2; Aybar, W. SF: Pena, C. Team RISP: 6-for-12. Team LOB: 7.
BASERUNNING SB: Iwamura (7, 2nd base off Wakefield/Cash), Bartlett (19, 2nd base off Wakefield/Cash).