Sept. 4: Red Sox 20, Tigers 4
After two impressive pitching performances by both teams that split the first two games of the series, the Red Sox would open up their offense in the rubber match of their set against the Tigers. Stephen Drew started the scoring off in the second inning with a two-run homer to put the Red Sox up 2-0, and Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz each hit solo home runs to tie the game at 3-3 in the third and 4-4 in the fourth, respectively.
It was in the sixth inning that the floodgates opened for Boston. Leading 5-4, Mike Carp walked with the bases loaded to make it 6-4, then Will Middlebrooks continued his resurgence with a shot that landed on Landsdowne Street for a grand slam, making it 10-4 Red Sox. Red Sox Nation would get to stand on its feet and salute one of the greatest Red Sox ever later in the inning, as David Ortiz hit an RBI double to center field for his 2,000th career hit. Daniel Nava gave them more to cheer about right afterward, hitting a two-run homer to put the Sox up 13-4, the team’s fifth home run of the evening.
The runs kept coming in the seventh, as the Red Sox pounded out five more off two-run homers by Ryan Lavarnway and Ortiz to make it 18-4. The Red Sox scored twice in the eighth to put the icing on the cake, with a Quintin Berry RBI single preceded by a solo homer by Mike Napoli, the eighth Red Sox home run of the night. The Red Sox’ 20-4 win was the first time Boston had scored 20 runs in a game in 10 years, the last time being in a 25-3 win in 2003 against the Marlins, and it was the first time since 1977 that the Red Sox hit eight home runs in a game.