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Ortiz HR wins game, but not friends
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hits a three-run home run in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Eve Edelheit/Tampa Bay Times/MCT)
Ortiz hit a mammoth three-run homer and Allen Webster earned his first victory of the season as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday.
After connecting on the blast, Ortiz flipped his bat and took a few seconds to admire his work before trotting around the bases.
“I think it was a perfect example of what (David) Price said,” Archer said. “I don’t know what makes him think he can showboat the way he does and then nobody retaliate, nobody look at him funny, nobody pitch him inside. He feels like he’s bigger than the game. I feel like you can’t say that your true character is defined by one action, but multiple actions speak to who you are.”
“Whatever, man. I think he’s a good pitcher with good stuff,” Ortiz said. “He’s not the right guy to be saying that. He has something like two days in the league and shouldn’t be complaining about (stuff).”
The Rays quickly answered in the bottom of the third when center fielder Brandon Jennings hit a double to the wall in left center that scored catcher Curt Casali and right fielder Kevin Kiermaier to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Although Webster walked five, he gave up just three hits and two runs while striking out four in 5 1/3 innings.
The Red Sox used five relievers to end the game and Koji Uehara recorded his 21st save by striking out second baseman Sean Rodriguez, Casali and Kiermaier after giving up a single to Escobar to lead off the ninth inning.