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MLB: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- Franklin Morales threw five shutout innings Friday and five relievers allowed only an unearned run to bring the Boston Red Sox a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay.

Boston jumped to a 3-0 lead through two innings and a parade of hurlers from the bullpen protected the advantage.

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David Ortiz hit a solo homer in the first, his 23rd home run of the year, and Pedro Ciriaco had a two-run single in the second. The Red Sox had lost six out of seven prior to the All-Star break.

Morales (2-2) gave up two hits and struck out five.

The only Tampa Bay run came with Scott Atchison on the mound in the sixth. Ben Zobrist reached on a throwing error by shortstop by Mike Aviles and scored on a double by Sean Rodriguez.

Alfredo Aceves threw 10 pitches during a perfect ninth for his 20th save. The six Boston pitchers combined to strike out 11.

Jeremy Hellickson (4-6) lost his sixth straight decision, giving up three runs on five hits in six-plus innings.

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