Chris Archer

Red Sox Beat Rays On Ortiz's 2-Run Blast

Red Sox Beat Rays On Ortiz's 2-Run Blast

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the first inning to set the RBI record for a player in his final season, and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Friday night for their ninth straight win.

Ortiz's 37th homer came off Chris Archer (8-19) and raised his RBI total to 124, one more than Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1920. The 40-year-old's 540th homer, his 300th on the road, struck an overhanging catwalk above the right-field seats.

Coming off four-game sweeps of the New York Yankees and Baltimore, the Red Sox began the night with a six-game lead over second-place Toronto in the AL East. They lowered their magic number to...