Fernando Perez is greeted by Akinori Iwamura after going deep. (Getty Images)
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Willy Aybar, Gabe Gross and Fernando Perez each homered in the first two innings, and the Rays put the game out of reach with three more runs in the third. Aybar finished with three hits and three RBIs as Tampa Bay increased its lead in the American League East to two games.
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).