Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 8-7

His head bent, bat in hand, David Ortiz trudged to first base.

He was out, as he has been so many times this postseason. He walked to the dugout, to teammates who suffered the same fate at the plate. He looked broken. And as he limped back, boos were heard at the once-beloved slugger.

Then the ball lifted, lifted and carried, and dropped into the right-field stands. He had broken out and brought his team back into a game and a series that was seemingly over. It was a th...

If the Rays continue to waste pitching in the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox, they'll have to go back to being the Devil Rays. There was no absolution for the youthful AL East champions - their bullpen, in particular - in last night's stinging 8-7 setback in Game 5 before a Fenway Park crowd of 38,437.

With his team in control of a 3-1 series lead, Rays manager Joe Maddon was roundly questioned for his decision Wednesday to go with lefthander Sc...