Sox End a Five-Game Losing Streak Sunday
Ortiz’s 25th home run came off Chris Archer in the third inning after a walk and Dustin Pedroia’s infield single. The loss ended the Rays’ nine-game winning streak, their longest in 10 years and second-longest in franchise history.
Ortiz’s homer was his fifth in seven games and his 29th at Tropicana Field, most among visiting players. It was the 456th of his career.
Desmond Jennings drove in the Tampa Bay’s runs with a double off Boston starter Allen Webster in the third.
Webster (1-0) pitched 5 1-3 innings in his major league season debut, giving up two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four.
Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 21st save, striking out the last three batters.