Game over: Red Sox 14, Padres 5
The Red Sox continue to beat up the NL, this time slamming the Padres for 14 runs on 14 hits including a 10-run 7th inning that broke open a 3-3 game at the time. Andrew Miller pitched well but allowed a three-run homer to Orlando Hudson to erase a 3-0 Sox lead.
Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI against his former team. He's now hitting .353 with 67 RBI. David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis and Josh Reddick each drove in a pair of runs.
The Sox have now scored 61 runs against the NL, the most in interleague play in 2011, in improving to 5-2 against the NL.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 14, Padres 4
Teams exchanged runs in the 8th if still scoring.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 13, Padres 3
A timely 10-run inning to break up the 3-3 tie put this one out of reach.
Adrian Gonzalez doubled high atop the leftcenterfield wall against Luebke scoring Pedroia with the go-ahead run. The Sox had the bases loaded, two outs, and Marco Scutaro up.
The count went to 3-2 when Scutaro was hit with a Ernesto Frieri pitch scoring the second run of the inning.
Then came the seldom-seen double HBP to force in a run. Jason Varitek took a 2-2 pitch off the shoulder, forcing in the sixth run.
There's more. Josh Reddick, pinch-hitting for Mike Cameron, singled to center, scoring a pair of runs off of righty Evan Scribner.
Dustin Pedroia then worked a bases-loaded walk followed by Adrian Gonzalez two-run single. Gonzalez now has 67 RBI in 72 games. Youkilis took a nice easy swing and laced a double to left field scoring two more. The Sox third baseman was limping a tad heading into second base and left for pinch-runner Drew Sutton.
The Padres went to Pat Neshek, the fourth pitcher of the inning.
Top 7th: Red Sox 3, Padres 3
Matt Albers is throwing 95 mph and holding the status quo in a tie game heading into the bottom of the 7th.
Top 6th: Red Sox 3, Padres 3
A straight 91 mph fastball on the first pitch to Orlando Hudson has tied this game up. Miller showed signs of tiring in this inning.
Miller's velocity began to decrease on some of his fastballs and he allowed a single to Headley and a walk to Ludwick.
He broke a nice curve for strike three on Jesus Guzman for the first out, But Hudson, just activated from the disabled list, then struck for his first home run with a shot to the Monster Seats.
Miller left the game after allowing a long double to the triangle to Anthony Rizzo, who got a nice ovation from some Sox fans and family members.
Matt Albers came on to pitch.
He continued the inning by walking No. 9 hitter Nick Hundley before Denforia ended things with a ground ball out to second base.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Padres 0
The Sox scored again, this time on Jacoby Ellsbury's double-play grounder. Scutaro and Varitek had reached with back-to-back singles and Cameron walked to load the bases. LeBlanc was lifted and on came lhard-throwing efty Cory Luebke who induced the DP grounder by Ellsbury. With Varitek at third and Dustin Pedroia at first after he walked, Gonzalez struck out, stranding the runners.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Padres 0
With two outs, Kevin Youkilis singled to center and scored on Big Papi's double into the rightfield corner. Papi was stranded at third after McDonald struck out.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Padres 0
Miller needed a 6-4-3 double-play to get out of the inning. Jason Bartlett walked and Chase Headley singled with one out, but Ryan Ludwick bailed Miller out with the twin-killing.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Padres 0
LeBlanc settles down - 1-2-3 inning
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Padres 0
This was certainly a nice team to pick for Andrew Miller to make his first start again. The Padres have really struggled offensively, hitting only .225 with runners in scoring position. In the second, Miller allowed an infield hit to third to Orlando Hudson and he walked Cameron Maybin.
Ironically, Miller and Maybin were two big pieces in the Dontrelle Willis/Miguel Cabrera deal between the Marlins and Tigers. Miller then struck out Anthony Rizzo, who is now in a 1-for-18 skid and retired catcher Nick Hundley.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Padres 0
They're doing it again - wearing out the starting pitcher in the first inning. Wade LeBlanc threw 39 pitches, 14 of them to David Ortiz. While the Sox scored only one run, we'll see the wear and tear later on.
LeBlanc, who had 40-pitch fourth inning in a 6-3 Padres loss to the Rockies six days ago, allowed a one-out double to Dustin Pedroia, a single to Adrian Gonzalez and a walk to Kevin Youkilis to load them up. Ortiz then battled LeBlanc and wound up with single to center scoring the lone run. LeBlanc then got out of the inning retiring the next two batters.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Padres 0
We're underway here at Fenway on a great night - 72 degrees. San Diego weather. Andrew Miller is making his Sox debut and he struck out Red Sox West (Padres) leadoff man Chris Denforia on three pitches including a 96 mph fastball. Nice start for the 6-foot-, 7-inch Miller. Chase Headley reached on an infield single, but Miller seemed in command.
It's old home week here with lots of ex-Red Sox ties from first base coach Dave Roberts, third base coach Glenn Hoffman, GM Jed Hoyer, assistant GM Jason McLeod. Sox PR woman Leah Tobin is also a former Padre staffer. Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan used to be San Diego's hitting coach. Anthony Rizzo started and is batting 8th in the order, the main piece of the Adrian Gonzalez deal with the Padres this offseason. Jeremy Kapstein was once the CEO of the Padres and Sox chairman Tom Werner is the former owner. Larry Lucchino is the former president and the man credited with building Petco Park. And we also forgot Mark Loretta, who is a special assistant to Hoyer, also on the premesis.