Final: Red Sox 13, Orioles 2 – The Red Sox take a big win from Baltimore to kick off their 9-game home stand. Shane Victorino provided the Red Sox with all the offense they needed, going 3 for 3 with 7 RBIs, two home runs, and four runs scored. Victorino, Pedroia and Ellsbury each contributed three hits. They entered the game a combined 22 of 114 (.193). Doubront earned his 10th win of the season, and gave up two runs in 6 2/3 IP. Bogaerts made his debut at Fenway Park in the top of the ninth inning at third base. He recorded the final out of the game.
End of the 7th: Red Sox 13, Orioles 2 – What a night for Shane Victorino. He doubled in the bottom of the seventh to bring in two more runs, giving him a career-high seven RBI. His previous career high was five. He’s reached base all five times he’s been up, including a walk and a HBP.
End of the 6th: Red Sox 11, Orioles 2 – Another quick inning at Fenway, with both sides going down in order. Doubront has retired 9 of the last 10 battes faced since giving up two runs in the third inning. Four times, he’s retired the side in order.
End of the 5th: Red Sox 11, Orioles 2 – And another home run for Victorino. This time, he puts one into the Monster with Drew and Ellsbury on base. It was his second career multi-homer game, and his sixth home run this month. He made Troy Patton pay for leaving his 82-mile-per-hour slider over the plate.
End of the 4th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 2 – After a tough third inning, Doubront silenced the Orioles with a pair of strikeouts and a foul flyout to Will Middlebrooks. In the bottom half of the frame, the Red Sox piled on five runs. Napoli scorched a home run onto Landsdowne Street. Pedroia hit a ground-rule double to right field with the bases loaded to score Ellsbury and Saltalamacchia. Pedroia is now 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and 2 doubles. After Wei-Yin Chen intentionally walked David Ortiz, he was replaced by Miguel Gonzalez. It got worse for Baltimore – Gomes smashed a double off the center field wall to bring in two runs. Chen was charged with all 8 runs, which was his worst this season.
Bottom of the 3rd: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2 – Boston regained the lead thanks to a 2-run home run from Shane Victorino. Will Middlebrooks was on first base after a leadoff single. It was the Flyin’ Hawaiian’s 10th home run this season and 100th of his career.
Top of the 3rd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 1 – That was a rocky one for Doubront. Hardy led the inning with a ground ball single, and Valencia had a broken-bat blooper to left field. Doubront plunked Steve Pearce, and then walked Brian Roberts on a 3-1 count with the bases loaded. Manny Machado’s sacrifice fly scored Valencia for the lead. But for the second time tonight, Doubront struck out Adam Jones to get out of the inning. Entering the game, Jones had hit in 11 straight games against Boston. Doubront needed 28 pitches that inning, bringing his count to 52.
End of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0 – Quiet inning from both sides, as both Chen and Doubront send opposing hitters down in 1-2-3 order. Both had two strikeouts in each half of the inning.
Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0 – Shane Victorino drew a 1-out walk, and Dustin Pedroia doubled off of the Green Monster to move Victorino to third. David Ortiz’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Victorino – his 79th RBI of the season. Jacoby Ellsbury struck out looking. He has 18 strikeouts in the last 15 games.
Top of the 1st: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0 – Doubront retired the Orioles in order to start the game, needing just 11 pitches to do so. Seven of them came against Baltimore slugger Chris Davis, but Doubront struck him out to end the inning.
Welcome to Fenway Park for the start of a 9-game home stand, starting with a crucial series against the Baltimore Orioles. The Red Sox enter just 1.5 games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays, and 5.5 ahead of Baltimore in the AL East. The Orioles are 6-4 against Boston this season.