John Lackey has watched David Ortiz wreak destruction on playoff opponents before.
He finally got a chance to see it from the same dugout.
"I like it a lot better on this side, that's for sure," Lackey said after Ortiz hit two homers to lead the host Red Sox to a 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday and give Boston a 2-0 lead in the A.L. division series. It was the first two-homer postseason game for Ortiz, who is the only player remaining from the 2004 Red Sox team that won the franchise's first World Series title in 86 years.
He was also a star of the '07 team that won it all; both times, they opened the playoffs by eliminating Lackey's Los Angeles Angels.
"He's tough this time of year -- any time of year," Lackey said. "He's a guy that likes bright lights, for sure."
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and scored three runs for the A.L. East champions.
Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs, and Lackey earned the win in his first postseason start since joining the Red Sox as a free agent in 2010.
Ortiz hit his first homer in the first inning, then his second in the eighth to chase Rays starter David Price.
"As long as we win, it means a lot," Ortiz said. "It's not over. We've got to keep on fighting."
Tampa Bay will need a victory in Game 3 on Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla., to avoid a sweep in the best-of-five series.
The Rays won three win-or-go-home games this week just to reach this round.
"I'm really looking forward to Game 5 here," said Rays manager Joe Maddon, knowing the Rays would have to win the next two to force the series to the limit.
Braves-Dodgers: Los Angeles is about to find out if its $36 million investment in Hyun-Jin Ryu pays off in the postseason. The 26-year-old rookie pitcher from South Korea will start Sunday night in the Dodgers' first home playoff game since 2009. Los Angeles is looking to take control of the best-of-five National League division series after splitting the first two games in Atlanta. The Braves are turning to their own rookie, 22-year-old Julio Teheran.
Cardinals-Pirates: Francisco Liriano can give resilient Pittsburgh the lead in the N.L. division series Sunday when the Pirates face St. Louis and right-hander Joe Kelly in Game 3.
After a 16-8 regular season in which he evolved into Pittsburgh's de facto ace, Liriano became a part of franchise lore in a 6-2 victory over Cincinnati in the N.L. wild-card game Tuesday. He overpowered the Reds in front of a black-clad crowd aching for postseason success after the Pirates' 21-year absence.
Yankees: Alex Rodriguez expanded his assault on the baseball establishment with a lawsuit accusing the Yankees team physician and a New York City hospital of mishandling his medical care during the 2012 A.L. playoffs.
In a suit filed in New York Supreme Court, lawyers for Rodriguez say he was given an MRI on Oct. 11, 2012, that revealed an injury to his left hip joint.
The suit said Yankees physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad did not tell him of the tear and cleared him to play, and it accused them of medical malpractice.