Red Sox pound Rays' ace Price, take 2-0 lead
David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox hits a home run in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game Two of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts
David Ortiz clubbed two homers and Boston solved nemesis David Price by scoring a half dozen runs in the first five innings against the Rays starting pitcher in front of a crowd of 38,705 at Fenway Park.
Boston's bullpen got the last 10 outs as the Red Sox grabbed a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five opening round American League playoff series.
Boston won the series opener 12-2 on Friday thanks to a barrage of defensive miscues by Tampa.
On Saturday it was 2012 Cy Young winner Price's turn to squirm as he allowed seven runs on nine hits and two walks in just over seven innings of work.
The left hander Price had been 2-0 in three starts at Fenway Park this season and allowed just three runs over 22 1/3 innings. He was 6-1 with a terrific 1.88 ERA over 10 career starts in Boston heading into Saturday's contest.
Price's Rays hope to have better luck in game three when the series shifts to Tampa's Tropicana Field where the Red Sox can wrap up the series with a win.
Teams have gone up 2-0 in the AL Division Series 22 times and advanced in 18 of them.