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Sat, 04/14/2012 - 7:24pm  

Ortiz, Aviles pace Red Sox rout of Rays

The Red Sox hit five home runs on the way to their third win of the season, beating the Rays, 13-5, Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. It completed yet another comeback for the Sox, who had fallen into a 4-0 hole after the first inning.

It was Mike Aviles' solo shot to lead off the seventh inning that gave the Sox the lead for good, with the new Red Sox' leadoff man clearing the left field wall against Rays' reliever Burke Badenhop. Aviles would finish with three hits out of the leadoff spot, seeing a combined 21 pitches in five at-bats.

Initially tying the game for the Red Sox was David Ortiz' first homer of the season, a two-run blast into the Red Sox' bullpen in right field in the fifth. The runs would be the final two given up by Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson, who lasted just five innings, throwing 99 pitches.

Ortiz finished with four hits and five RBI, boosting his batting average to .406.

Earning the win for the Red Sox was starter Clay Buchholz, who rebounded from the four-run first -- which was highlighted by Luke Scott's three-run home run -- to go seven innings. Buchholz ended up throwing 104 pitches, allowing five runs on six hits, striking out five and walking three.

The other three home runs for the hosts came from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Dustin Pedroia and Cody Ross The two-run, second-inning homer for Saltalamacchia came after the catcher had finished 2011 going 3-for-42 against Rays pitching. Ross' two-run blast in the eighth inning capped a five-run frame for the Red Sox.

Franklin Morales pitched a perfect eighth inning, with the lefty now having allowed just one hit while striking out four in his three appearances.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.




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