Romero strikes out Ortiz to end it, Rays hold off Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays' Steven Souza Jr. (20) slides home safely on a double by Mikie Mahtook as Boston Red Sox catcher Bryan Holaday waits for the throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won the game 2-1. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
ST .PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Enny Romero earned his first major league save, relieving with two outs in the ninth inning and fanning Red Sox slugger David Ortiz to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 2-1 win Wednesday and a four-game split with the Red Sox.
After Tyler Sturdevant struck out Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. to begin the ninth, Romero was summoned. Romero sent Ortiz to the ground with a high-and-tight 1-2 fastball, then got him to look at strike three.
A day earlier, the 40-year-old Ortiz reached 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. Ortiz was rested for the final day of an 11-game road trip that saw Boston go 7-4. The Red Sox, who began the day tied with Toronto for the AL East lead, lost the final two games of the series.
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Mikie Mahtook ended a stretch of 34 hitless at-bats with a go-ahead double in the seventh off Drew Pomeranz (10-10), who is 2-3 since being traded from San Diego to Boston.
Jake Odorizzi (9-5) won his sixth consecutive decision.