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BOSTON, MA - JUNE 19:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox hits a single in the bottom of the second inning in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Gail Oskin/Getty Images)
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Jared JohnsonFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2013

After a rain delay of nearly three hours, the Boston Red Sox closed out a 5-1 victory on the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of a doubleheader.

The Red Sox took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning with the help of David Ortiz's three RBI and Alfredo Aceves solid pitching, but the Boston rain kept coming harder and harder. Finally, the tarps came out before the inning was over.

After the delay, the Red Sox added a run to their lead on a Shane Victorino triple to right field, while the bullpen held strong and held the Rays scoreless.

Later in the evening, the Red Sox beat the Rays again, this time by a score of 3-1.

Boston's lead in the AL East now stands at 2.5 games.

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