Thursday, July 7, 2011

Red Sox Use Six Homers to Power Victory Over Orioles

Sports Illustrated

Red Sox 10 Orioles 4 
Winning Pitcher: Andrew Miller (3-0)
Losing Pitcher: Jake Arrieta (9-6)

The Red Sox got huge offense and a decent start from Andrew Miller en route to a 10-4 victory in game one in their series hosting Baltimore. Miller got off to a shaky start, allowing three straight singles to start the game, the third of which knocked in JJ Hardy to give the O's the early 1-0 lead. Vlad Guerrero, the next batter, grounded into a double play, but it allowed Nick Markakis to score. The score remained 2-0 into the bottom of the third, when the Red Sox started the inning with two walks. Then, Dustin Pedroia brought everybody home with a blast over the Monster, giving Boston the one run lead. In the top of the fourth, Baltimore was able to tie the game, but the Sox got the lead back in the bottom of the inning on a ground out from JD Drew. In the next inning, Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo blast to straightaway center field. Miller was pulled after five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks. In the sixth, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run bomb over Pesky's Pole, giving the Sox the 7-3 advantage. The seventh inning was where the score broke open. O's manager brought in lefty Pedro Viola to face David Ortiz and Josh Reddick, but they ended up going back-to-back. For good measure, Jarrod Saltalamacchia decided to hit one of his own, and the Sox were up by a commanding seven runs after the back-to-back-to-back show, and the lead would stick for the game. 

Home Runs
Boston: Dustin Pedroia (9), Adrian Gonzalez (17), Jacoby Ellsbury (11), David Ortiz (18), Josh Reddick (2), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6)
Baltimore: None

The Red Sox and Orioles will continue their series tomorrow night at 7:10 PM ET. Boston will send Josh Beckett (7-3 2.12) to the mound against Baltimore's Zach Britton (6-6 3.47).     

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