When David Ortiz stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth inning, the Padres still had a faint trace of life even though the Red Sox had spent most of Thursday afternoon squeezing it out of them.
It was still a three-run game.
At that point, everyone in the Sox’ starting lineup had at least one hit except Ortiz, who had grounded out, lined out, and flied out in his first three at-bats.
With a chance to pile on insurance runs and join the Sox’ hit parade, Ortiz took advantage, sending a 3-and-2 slider into right field on a zip line for a two-run single that all but sealed an 8-2 win.
Racking up 18 hits, the Sox wrapped up a nine-game homestand with their 11th win in their last 13 games at Fenway.
Making his first interleague start, rookie righthander Allen Webster earned the first win of his career, giving up two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked four and struck out four.
Jacoby Ellsbury (3 for 4, three runs, one RBI) extended his hit streak to 14 games. His eighth-inning homer was his second of the season and his first since April 7. He went 74 games between homers.
Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Lavarnway, Jose Iglesias, and Ortiz all finished with two hits.
Pedroia got the Sox on the board with a two-run double in the first, giving him49 RBIs for the season.
Iglesias flirted with an inside-the-park home run in the fourth when his fly ball drifted to the curving fence in right field, bounced in fair territory, and caromed off the foul pole, skipping away from Padres outfielder Will Venable.
Iglesias reached third as two runs scored, but learned he’d have to go back to second with the play ruled a ground-rule double. Lavarnway was sent back to third.
The Sox sit 19 games over .500 as they head out on a 10-game West Coast trip that begins Friday with the Los Angeles Angels.
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