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The Red Sox are back. After a shaky stretch following the All-Star break, the Red Sox won a close game against the Orioles Friday night, and then continued their dominance against Baltimore Saturday night with a solid 7-2 victory. The win comes off 7.1 innings of nine-strikeout, two-run pitching from Jon Lester. Every batter for the Red Sox, except for Dustin Pedroia, racked up at least one hit.
Everything started in the first inning when David Ortiz hit a three run home run to center field. Baltimore would make a move in the 4th, making it a 4-2 ballgame. With the score 5-2 in the 8th, newcomer Adam LaRoche would hit a two run homer to left field, giving the Red Sox a comfortable five run cushion that would end up being the final difference.
And the best part? The Yankees, who had been unbeaten since the All Star game, were finally beaten by the Athletics (who will be in Boston for a four-game series starting Monday). With this series of events, the Red Sox have picked up a game on the Yankees, and have cut New York’s division lead to 1.5 games.
With a towering home run to deep center field (which bounced off the camera’s cage no less), the Dominican born player proved he Domini-can get the job done, and gave the Red Sox all the momentum and runs they would need.
At some point in the game, each Red Sox player did their part to contribute to this well-earned and well-deserved victory.
“LaRoche hasn’t played here very much, but that was a Fenway swing.” – Terry Francona, on Adam LaRoche’s 8th inning home run.
W: Jon Lester (9-7)
L: Jeremy Guthrie (7-9)