Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (right) hugs Hanley Ramirez after slamming a two-run homer on Friday in Tampa. (Kim Klement-USA Today Sports)

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (right) hugs Hanley Ramirez after slamming a two-run homer on Friday in Tampa. (Kim Klement-USA Today Sports)

The David Ortiz Show keeps getting better and better.

On a night when the Red Sox offense didn’t do much with Rays starter Chris Archer or the Tampa bullpen, Ortiz gave the Red Sox all the runs they would need with a mammoth two-run homer in the first that proved decisive in a 2-1 victory.

The Red Sox won their season-high ninth straight game and lowered their magic number to clinch the division title to four. They maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over the Blue Jays, who beat the Yankees.

Ortiz, who will retire at the end of the season, is going out with a bang. He added a single that was originally a double before replay changed it, and finished the game hitting .319 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs, numbers that will be sure to earn him MVP consideration.

All in a night’s work for the ageless slugger, who remains the most feared bat in the Red Sox lineup.

Ortiz’s homer made a winner of left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who allowed four hits and a solo homer in five innings. Pomeranz, who hadn’t won in five starts since beating the Tigers on Aug. 20, was lifted after 78 pitches.

The bullpen took over from there. Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross, Matt Barnes, and Robby Scott combined to get the Red Sox to the ninth inning. With Koji Uehara and closer Craig Kimbrel unavailable, right-hander Brad Ziegler nailed down his fourth save with the Red Sox, stranding the tying run at second after a leadoff double

Offensively, the other star of the game was MVP candidate Mookie Betts, who went 3-for-4 with a walk.

Closing Time note

Scott continues to impress. The rookie left-hander retired the only man he faced to end the eighth with the tying run on base, and has now started his career with five straight scoreless outings.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
Drew Pomeranz

Drew Pomeranz

The Red Sox open a three-game series with the Rays on Friday night by sending Drew Pomeranz to the hill to face right-hander Chris Archer.

Pomeranz is 10-12 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.205 WHIP in 29 starts. Since being traded to the Sox in July from the Padres, he is 2-5 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.444 WHIP in 12 starts. The lefty’s last two starts have been disappointing. Over just 5 2/3 innings he gave up a whopping nine runs, 11 hits and four walks with six strikeouts. In his last start against the Yankees on Sunday, he lasted just 3 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs, seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts. However, the Red Sox rallied for a 5-4 Sox win.

“This team’s amazing,” Pomeranz said. “It seems like we’re never out of reach. It’s fun to watch.”

Against the Rays, Pomeranz is 1-1 with an 2.45 ERA with a 1.145 WHIP in four games (three starts). In August, Pomeranz had back-to-back starts against the Rays. On Aug. 25 he threw six innings, allowing two runs, seven hits and one walk with 11 strikeouts in a 2-1 Rays win. Then on Aug. 30 he threw 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, five hits and two walks while recording eight strikeouts in a 4-3 Sox loss.

Chris Archer

Chris Archer

Archer is 8-18 with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.235 WHIP in 31 starts. On Friday, Archer pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, seven hits (two home runs) and one walk with four strikeouts in a 5-4 loss to the Orioles.

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In 15 career starts against the Red Sox, Archer is 1-10 with a 5.56 ERA and a 1.674 WHIP. The 27-year-old right-hander has seen the Sox four times this year, going 0-4 with a 6.65 ERA and a 1.754. On Aug. 23, Archer went five innings, allowing two runs (one earned), five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in a 2-1 loss to the Sox.

Red Sox vs. Archer (RHP)

David Ortiz (41 plate appearances): .378 AVG./.439 OBP/.730 SLG, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 17 RBIS, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (39): .250/.359/.281, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 6 walks, 6 strikeouts

Mookie Betts (27): .250/.444/.600, 1 double, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 7 walks, 2 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (23): .333/.391/.381, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts

Jackie Bradley Jr. (23): .200/.261/.300, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts

Brock Holt (23): .217/.217/.261, 1 double, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts

Hanley Ramirez (14): .364/.500/.364, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts

Travis Shaw (11): .333/.455/.778, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts

Christian Vazquez (10): .100/.100/.100, 5 strikeouts

Ryan Hanigan is 2-for-6 with 2 strikeouts.

Chris Young is 1-for-5 with 2 RBIs and 1 strikeout.

Aaron Hill is 1-for-4 with 1 RBI.

Sandy Leon is 0-for-3 with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.

Marco Hernandez is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeouts.

Andrew Benintendi is 2-for-2.

Deven Marrero is 0-for-2.

Rays vs. Pomeranz (LHP)

Logan Forsythe (15 plate appearances): .143 AVG/.200 OBP/.143 SLG, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Brad Miller (11): .455/.455/.727, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Evan Longoria is 1-for-7 with 1 double, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.

Kevin Kiermaier is 1-for-7 with 1 double and 3 strikeouts.

Corey Dickerson is 0-for-6 with 4 strikeouts.

Luke Maile is 2-for-5 with 1 home run, 2 RBIs and 3 strikeouts.

Mikie Mahtook is 1-for-3 with 1 double. 1 RBI and 1 strikeout.

Alexei Ramirez is 0-for-2 with 1 walk.

Bobby Wilson is 0-for-0 with 1 walk.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

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BALTIMORE — The Magic Number to win this division is now five.

Hanley Ramirez flips the ball to David Price in the first inning of the Red Sox' win Thursday night. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

Hanley Ramirez flips the ball to David Price in the first inning of the Red Sox’ win Thursday night. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

BALTIMORE — The Magic Number to win this division is now five.

When looking at the Red Sox schedule heading into the second half, such a reality wouldn’t seem plausible with nine games to play. But John Farrell’s team has managed to officially put any and all concerns about the September gauntlet in the rear-view mirror, completing a four-game series sweep of the Orioles with Thursday night’s 5-3 win at Camden Yards.

The Red Sox now own a seven game lead over the Orioles in the American League East, while maintaining their five-game cushion over idle Toronto. The Sox are still 1/2 game in back of Cleveland in the jostling for postseason position, with the Rangers 1 1/2 games in front with the American League’s best record.

The Sox own an eight-game winning streak, their longest stretch since 2011. Each of the victories have come against AL East clubs, a run against divisional teams the Red Sox hadn’t accomplished since 1990.

The impetus for this win was a familiar formula: solid starting pitching and timely hitting.

Earning the win on the mound for the Red Sox was starter David Price, who gave up three runs over seven innings, striking out five and walking two. Of the lefty’s 99 pitches, 72 of them were strikes.

But perhaps the most impressive statistic to come out of Price’s outing was the fact the Red Sox have now won in each of Price’s last nine starts, the longest such streak of his career with any team.

While Price was dealing, his counterpart, Baltimore starter Chris Tillman, couldn’t go beyond 1 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits.

For a complete box score, click here.

Closing Time note

The win marked the first four-game sweep by the Red Sox at Camden Yardes since 2002.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

– Andrew Benintendi came through for a second straight game, this time giving the Red Sox the lead back on a two-out, RBI single to right field. It appeared at first as though there might be a play at the plate with Travis Shaw running in from second, but the Orioles chose to cut the ball off and get Benintendi at second for the third out. The outfielder is now 5-for-11 with two outs and runners in scoring position.

– With the Red Sox clinging to a one-run lead, Price got out of a jam in the sixth inning after Trey Mancini led off the frame with a double. The Sox starter came back and got Jonathan Schoop to ground out to third, J.J. Hardy to fly out to center field, and then whiffed Drew Stubbs.

– Hanley Ramirez added insurance in the seventh inning, rocketing a solo homer over the right field wall with one out. It was Ramirez’s 29th homer, matching his second-highest total for a season in the first baseman’s career. His all-time high was 33 homers in 2008.

– Koji Uehara continued his domination since returning from injury, pitching a scoreless eighth inning while striking out a pair. The reliever hasn’t allowed a run since July 9.

– Craig Kimbrel is now 12-for-12 in save opportunities since returning from the disabled list, making it 16 straight outings of not allowing a run.

WHAT WENT WRONG

– Price allowed the Orioles to tie things up when Mancini launched a three-run homer over the left field wall with two outs in the third inning. The rookie finished his first big league series with two homers.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

BALTIMORE — A lot has fallen into place for the Red Sox over the past month.

Their starting rotation has fallen into place, as has the roles in the bullpen. The position players have remained relatively injury free while continuing to present one of the majors’ best offenses. And, most importantly, the Red Sox have won more games in September than any other team.