Boston (40-30) at Cleveland (37-32)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Cleveland, OH, US
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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 22, 2005
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With the offense in full swing, the Boston Red Sox have achieved their best record of the season.

The Red Sox will try for their fourth straight victory as they wrap up their three-game series with the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field.

Boston pounded the Indians 9-2 on Tuesday for its eighth win in nine games. David Ortiz homered twice and drove in four runs for the Red Sox, who moved a season-high 10 games over .500.

Ortiz, who has four multihomer games this season, leads the American League with 62 RBIs.

“Ortiz never stops—home run after home run,” starter Bronson Arroyo said. “All my wins come off Ortiz’s offense.”

The Red Sox are in second place in the AL East, two games behind the Baltimore Orioles. They were also 40-30 at this point last season, when they won their first World Series title since 1918.

Boston has scored at least six runs in 10 of its last 11 games and has outscored the Indians 19-11 in the first two games of the series.

Manny Ramirez also homered Tuesday for the Red Sox. Ramirez, who has six RBIs so far in this series, tied Jackie Jensen for 10th on the Red Sox career list with 170 homers.

“There are days when Manny and David really pack some punch,” manager Terry Francona said. “That’s why they’re there.”

Coco Crisp had two hits and Ben Broussard had an RBI for the Indians, who entered the series on a nine-game winning streak—their longest since 2002.

“We haven’t lost any momentum,” Cleveland’s Casey Blake said. “That’s a great offensive team and it’s tough to keep them down. No one on this team has lost any confidence.”

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