Recap - Papi's 25th helps Sox in a squeaker

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

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David Ortiz's 25th home run of the season in the top of the third proved to be the differance maker as the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

The Boston win snapped a pair of streaks - a 5-game losing skid for the Sox, and Tampa Bay's 9-game winning streak.

All the scoring happened in the third inning. Daniel Nava walked with one out in the third followed by a Dustin Pedroia single. Ortiz followed with his home run to give the Sox an early 3-0 lead. Nava and Pedroia each had two hits.

The Rays climbed back with Desmond Jennings' two-RBI double in the bottom of the frame off Boston starter Allen Webster.

Webster went 5.1 innings in earning his first career MLB win. Tampa Bay's two runs came on three hits and five walks; Webster struck out four. Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out the side to collect his 21st save of the year.

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