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For Big Papi, a new postseason experience

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 5, 2013 11:39 PM

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David Ortiz has hit 14 home runs in the postseason. Odds are pretty high that you have a DVD sitting in a cabinet somewhere with a few of them.

But until Saturday night he had never hit two in the same postseason game. Big Papi's two solo homers helped the Red Sox to a 7-4 victory against the Rays in Game of the Division Series.

Ortiz had a solo home run into the Red Sox bullpen in the first inning, reliever Franklin Morales deftly catching the ball and flipping into the crowd. Ortiz ended the scoring with a blast just inside the right field foul pole in the eighth inning that had the sellout crowd of 38,705 shaking Fenway Park.

Both came off Tampa Bay starter David Price, a tough lefthander who had faced Ortiz 42 times previously without giving up a home run.

"As long as we win, it means a lot. It’s not happening every day, but when it happens, especially on these occasions, it’s good,” Ortiz said.

See the Globe on Sunday for lots more on Ortiz.


• Red Sox starter John Lackey came off the mound in the sixth inning to a big ovation from the crowd at Fenway Park despite having allowed four runs on seven hits.

“It definitely wasn't the best stuff or the best I felt this year. It was probably pretty far down there, actually,” Lackey said. “But we got through it.”

Lackey improved to 4-4 in 15 career postseason games. This was his first for the Red Sox.

“It was awesome. The atmosphere out there was unbelievable. The people were going crazy,” he said.

• Through two games in the series, Jacoby Ellsbury is 5 for 9 with three runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases. He has sparked a Red Sox offense that had scored 19 runs in 16 innings. The three runs Ellsbury scored Saturday were his most in 24 career postseason games.

“When he gets on, whether it's a bloop single, line‑drive single, he's always a threat to steal a base,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “Obviously that was the case in the first inning. We're a much more diverse offense, not only when he's in the lineup, but certainly when he gets on base.”

• Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara combined on a scoreless 3 2/3 innings. Breslow left two runners stranded in the sixth inning. Tampa Bay, down by two runs, grounded into double plays started by Dustin Pedroia and turned by Stephen Drew, to end the seventh and eighth innings.

When Uehara got the final out for his first career postseason save, Ortiz came out of the dugout and lifted him up.

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