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Jim Monaghan
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Photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox
David Ortiz belted his 37th home run of the year to push the Red Sox past Tampa Bay 2-1 at Tropicana Field on Friday night.

The win was Boston's ninth straight, following a pair of four-game sweeps of the Yankees and Orioles.

Ortiz's home run was also his 1190th extra base career hit, tying him with Lou Gehrig for tenth on the all-time list.

Drew Pomeranz went five innings allowing one run on four hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out four. His record improved to 11-12.

Brad Ziegler gave up a lead-off double in the ninth but got out of the inning with a pop up and two strikeouts for his 22nd save.

Ortiz (pictured) took Rays starter Chris Archer deep in the top of the first inning with Xander Bogaerts aboard to give Boston a 2-0 lead. The Rays cut that in half in the bottom of the second on a Mikie Mahtook home run off Pomeranz.

Mookie Betts led the Red Sox with three hits.

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Jim Monaghan 9/23/2016 10:04:00 PM Edit
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