Jennings, Hellickson Help Rays Top Sox

Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist slides in safe at third base as Boston Red Sox's Jose Iglesias (10) can't handle the throw in the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Zobrist advanced from first on a single by Evan Longoria. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist slides in safe at third base as Boston Red Sox's Jose Iglesias (10) can't handle the throw in the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Zobrist advanced from first on a single by Evan Longoria. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston — Desmond Jennings homered, Jeremy Hellickson pitched six strong innings and the Tampa Bay Rays ended their drought at Fenway Park, beating the Red Sox 6-2 last night.

The Rays had scored a total of five runs in losing their first five games this season at the ballpark, including a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday during which they managed a pair of runs on 10 combined hits.

Jose Molina and Evan Longoria each had three of Tampa Bay’s 15 hits and the Rays ended a three-game losing streak with their second win in eight games.

After going a combined 1 for 7 in his extended major league debut during Tuesday’s doubleheader, top prospect Wil Myers delivered a two-run double during Tampa Bay’s three-run seventh that broke the game open.

Rays pitchers retired 16 of the last 18 batters of the game, yielding one hit over the final five frames.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Jonny Gomes had two hits apiece for the Red Sox, who lost for the second time in five games, but still lead Baltimore by 1½ games in the AL East.

Coming off one of his worst outings of the season, Hellickson (5-3) surrendered two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and no walks. It was a vast improvement from his last outing, when he tied his career-high by allowing eight runs in a 10-1 loss to Kansas City.

Ryan Dempster (4-8) was seeking his third win in four starts, but was hit hard in the first inning before settling down. The right-hander gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings, walking two and striking out three.

The Rays scored as many runs in the first Wednesday as they did in 18 innings a day earlier.

Jennings hit his ninth homer with one out in the first, depositing Dempster’s sixth pitch of the game into the seats above the Green Monster in left field. The Rays made it 2-0 when Ben Zobrist singled, moved to third on a base hit by Longoria and scored on a sacrifice fly by James Loney.

Boston cut it to 2-1 in the second when David Ortiz led off with a double to deep center and later scored on an infield single by Gomes.

Notes: Boston C David Ross is headed to Pittsburgh today to be examined by a concussion specialist. Ross is currently on the seven-day concussion DL. ... Red Sox RF Shane Victorino got the day off. ... The Red Sox yesterday signed their first-round draft pick, LHP Trey Ball, the seventh overall selection. ... Red Sox RHP Alfredo Aceves was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday night after earning the win in the first game of the doubleheader. .... Boston 3B Jose Iglesias went 0 for 2, ending his career-high 18-game hitting streak.