Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 12-4

BOSTON --Manny Ramirez singled in two runs in the first inning to end his longest RBI drought with Boston and Josh Beckett pitched eight innings to help the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 12-4 on Saturday night.

Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz each had three hits and Jason Varitek drove in three runs for Boston, which has won four of five after a five-game losing streak.

The Red Sox can complete the three-game sweep -- like the Rays did to them last weekend in St. Pe...

There's no greater balancing act than sweeping a rival that's already swept you.

This afternoon - weather permitting - the Red Sox have the opportunity to return the slap in the face Tampa Bay served them last weekend when the Rays took a three-game series.

They could add double insult to the Rays if they can beat comebacking Scott Kazmir, who will be making his first start of the season, after they squashed James Shields last night in a 12-4 win before 37,700.