Game over: Red Sox 15, Rockies 5: The Red Sox ruined Todd Helton Night with a shellacking of the Rockies but more importantly they went two games up on Oakland for the best record in the American League with three games to play.
The Red Sox will get a day off and then conclude the regular season with three games in Baltimore.
Big night for Will Middlebrooks with seven RBI (a grand slam and three-run homer). Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in three runs with four hits. Jake Peavy improved to 12-5 with the win. There were 48,775 on hand. The game was played in 3:38 minutes. Sox players stayed out after the game to pay their respects to Helton.
Top 9th: Red Sox 15, Rockies 5 - Game-long tribute to Helton, showing snippets of his career each inning and interviews from ex-teammates and managers etc. In the ninth, his children came out to kiss and hug him and took first base with them. Helton again acknowledged the 48,775 on hand.
Top 8th: Red Sox 15, Rockies 5 - A grand slam (off Roy Oswalt) by Will Middlebrooks to go along a three-run homer. 7 RBI.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 10, Rockies 5 - Nice appearance by Franklin Morales. He picked off Michael Cuddyer then struck out Helton.
Top 7th: Red Sox 10, Rockies 5 - Sox managed a two-out walk by pinch-hitter Mike Carp, but no more.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 10, Rockies 5 - A 1-2-3 inning for the Rockies.
Top 6th: Red Sox 10, Rockies 5 - Dustin Pedroia reached on a Troy Tulowitzki error, but the Sox couldn't do much vs. Drew Pomerantz as Ortiz and Nava struck out.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 10, Rockies 5 - Todd Helton missed a second home run by a couple of feet to left field (think Green Monster) to drive in the fifth Rockies run. But Peavy got a 5-4-3 double play to get out of further harm..
Top 5th: Red Sox 10, Rockies 4 - Will Middlebrooks drills a three-run homer (16) to right with Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia scoring ahead of him.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 7, Rockies 4 - Peavy preserves the three-run lead.
Top 4th: Red Sox 7, Rockies 4 - Shane Victorino smoked his 15th homer, a three-run shot to left field to break the tie. Jake Peavy doubled to rightfield with one out and Jacoby Ellsbury walked, setting the stage for Victorino's homer.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 4, Rockies 4 - A bases loaded sac fly by Helton and an RBI ground-rule double by Nolan Arenado had pulled the Rockies even off Jake Peavy. The Rockies are making solid contact against Peavy.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 4, Rockies 2 - Jarrod Saltalamacchia stroked his 39th double to drive in Daniel Nava.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 3, Rockies 2 - One of those dream scenarios - Todd Helton homered to rigthfield field. Later, Yorvit Torrealba doubled in Colorado's second run.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 3, Rockies 0 - Jhoulys Chacin, who is 14-9 with a 3.21 ERA got of to a poor start, but he got back to his old self retiring the Red Sox.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 3, Rockies 0 - Jake Peavy mows them down in the first. Also got a strikeout of Josh Rutledge.
Top 1st: Red Sox 3, Rockies 0 - With Oakland losing to Los Angeles, the Red Sox have taken full advantage of the opportunity to go two up in the best-record standings which will insure home field advantage. After Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the Red Sox lineup after missing 17 games, singled to lead off the inning and moved up on Shane Victorino's infield single. Both runners scored on David Ortiz' double to right, his 99th and 100th RBI. It was the 7th time Ortiz had eclipsed 100. He's also one homer shy of 30. Jarrod Saltalamacchia knocked in the third run with a single to left field.
Nice ceremony for Todd Helton before his final home game with the Rockies. Helton spent 17 seasons with the Rockies and was presented a horse as a parting gift form the team to match the horse he recently bought on his farm.
Peyton Manning, who he backed up at quarterback at Tennessee, was in the dugout before the game. Former Red Sox righty Aaron Cook was also on hand. Helton took out the lineup card. Boston sent their own No. 17, Torey Lovullo, to exchange lineup cards.