It was the offensive explosion Red Sox Nation had been waiting for.
The Red Sox scored a season-high 10 runs in hammering the Indians at Fenway Friday night.
It was a tight game early before the Red Sox blew it open in the seventh inning when they sent nine men to the plate, scoring four times.
The Red Sox went 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position in the rout and are 12-for-34 over their last four games with RISP.
In the bottom of the second inning with the Indians on top 2-0, A.J. Pierzynski drove in Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava with a double to triangle to tie the game with RBIs No. 28 and 29 on the season. David Ortiz could have been the third run in the rally but he was gunned down at the plate earlier on a second-guess send by third base coach Brian Butterfield.
Napoli went 2-for-3 on the night with a double, two RBIs, a walk, and a run scored and is hitting .381 in six games since returning from the DL on June 8.
Jackie Bradley Jr. put the Sox up 3-2 with a deep triple to center scoring Pierzynski. It was the second triple of the season for JBJ.
Bradley went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a run scored.
The Indians would tie the game at 3-3 in the third when Michael Brantley doubled in Asdrubal Cabrera. But in the bottom of the inning, Napoli put the Red Sox up to stay with an opposite field double into the right field corner to score Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia to put the Sox on top 5-3.
Pedroia had a good night making two defensive gems at second and driving in two with a double to center scoring Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brock Holt.
Pedroia made a diving grab on Cabrera’s sharp line drive up the middle in the first inning, robbing him of a hit. The scrappy second baseman made another defensive gem to rob Lonnie Chisenhall on a grounder in the hole in the top of the sixth inning.
Napoli knocked in Pedroia with a single to make it 8-3 and an RBI double down the third base line by righthanded batting Daniel Nava plated David Ortiz to make it 9-3.
It was the second straight multi-hit game for Nava, who went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. Nava has hit safely in six of his last seven starts and is 11-for-26 (.423) over his last eight games since being recalled from Pawtucket on June 2.
Xander Bogaerts broke an 0-for-19 slump with a mammoth home run off the light tower in left to make it 19-3 Red Sox in the bottom of the eighth.
Sox starter John Lackey left to a roaring Fenway after going 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, with a walk and five strikeouts. He threw 110 pitches, 72 for strikes and gave up a home run. He improves to 8-4 with a 3.24 ERA.
Burke Badenhop retired all three Indians on strikeouts in the ninth inning to close out the win for Boston.