BOSTON — The way Mike Aviles hit as Jacoby Ellsbury’s replacement in the lineup, the Red Sox didn’t have to worry about the leadoff spot.
The rest of the batting order made up for his absence, too.
David Ortiz drove in five runs and hit one of Boston’s five home runs as the Red Sox pounded the Tampa Bay Rays for the second straight day, 13-5 on Saturday, a day after Ellsbury partially separated his right shoulder.
“I know Jacoby’s a big part of this offense and he’s a good ballplayer, great ballplayer actually,” said Aviles, who had a go-ahead homer among his three hits. “But we’ve got to bear down and everybody’s got to step up and put the pieces together and play as a team.”
The game was tied 5-all until Aviles homered, starting a three-run seventh inning. The Red Sox added five in the eighth — on a three-run double by Ortiz and a two-run homer by Cody Ross — one day after scoring eight in that inning in a 12-2 win.