The first pitch Shane Victorino saw from Wei-Yin Chen was a 93-mile-per-hour heater. But Chen quickly fell behind and walked Victorino on the next four pitches, as if he didn’t want any part of Boston’s energetic right fielder.
Perhaps the Baltimore Orioles should have adopted that approach the rest of the night. It would have been in their best interest not to pitch to Victorino.
The next time up, Victorino scorched a fastball from Chen into the Green Monster seats for a two-run home run to help Boston regain a one-run lead – one that they never relinquished as they thrashed the Orioles en route to a 13-3 victory Tuesday night.
It was a spectacular night for Victorino, one in which he went 3 for 3 with a career-high seven RBIs, a pair of home runs and four runs scored. He reached base all five times he appeared at the plate, including his walk and a hit-by-pitch later in the fourth inning. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.