Game over: Red Sox 12, Giants 1: Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew hit home runs, part of a 12-hit attack as the Red Sox beat the San Francisco Giants, 12-1, before a crowd of 41,523 at AT&T Park.
The Sox took two of three from the Giants. They are 11-4 against National League teams this season, outscoring them 95-36.
Felix Doubront (9-6) went eight innings for the win. He allowed one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 12, Giants 1: The Sox scored a run on another Giants error. Doubront motored through the eighth inning.
Ortiz, by the way, left the game with lower back tightness. Or a dislike of playing first base a day game after a night. We’ll find out more later on.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 11, Giants 1: Ellsbury singled and went to third on Pedroia’s double. Gomes walked with two outs to extend the inning. Salty — whose free agent value improves by the hour — singled in two runs. Drew then belted a three-run shot to right.
Pedoria out for a rest and Middlebrooks is playing second base for the first time in his life.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 6, Giants 1: An uneventful inning for both clubs. Doubront has allowed three hits.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 6, Giants 1: The Sox went in order facing Jean Machi. Jean Machi That sounds like a character in a Robert Ludlum novel. Anyway, Doubront then worked around a single by Arias.
Solid performance by Doubie so far. *
* National League team.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 6, Giants 1: Middlebrooks drew a leadoff walk and was bunted over by Doubront. With two outs, Victorino popped a ball to right field and three Giants played Ring Around The Rosie with it. The ball dropped in for an RBI double.
That was it for Zito after 85 pitches. Doubront retired the side in order and has set down eight straight.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 5, Giants 1: Big inning for the Sox. Ellsbury singled and stole second. Victorino bunted and was safe at first when the Giants botched up the play. He got a single out of it. Pedroia then doubled down the line in left to drive in a run.
Ortiz whiffed on a Zito “fastball” that was 83 mph. But Gomes dropped a single into left to score two runs.
It is “Jonny Gomes Day” in his hometown of Petaluma, about an hour north of San Francisco. “With Jonny Gomes, you either love him or you love him,” Petaluma mayor David Glass told Petaluma Patch. The mayor and a busload of Gomes fans have seats along the left field line.
Doubront retired the side in order. He’s at a tidy (well, for him) 53 pitches after 3 innings.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Giants 1: Salty drew a walk and scored when Middlebrooks homered to left field. It was his 11th of the season. If you’re Zito why not pitch around a righthanded hitter with power to get to Doubront?
Arias homered with one out in the bottom of the inning for the Giants. It his his first of the season (and 161 at-bats).
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Giants 0: Ellsbury led off with a double but was stranded as Victorino whiffed, Pedroia popped to right and Ortiz grounded to first.
Doubront was hit in the gut by a line drive by Torres then picked him off. Scutaro walked (yes, again) before Belt popped to right and Posey flied to center.
Pre-game: It’s day baseball in sunny San Francisco as the Red Sox play the Giants. The teams split the first two games of the series. It’ll be two lefties as Felix Doubront faces Barry Zito.
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