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The ball was flying out of Fenway Park on a warm Wednesday night, as the Red Sox used four home runs including a grand slam by David Ortiz to beat the Miami Marlins 15-5. The Sox offense jumped on Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco early and often, while Felix Doubront held his own by over six innings of work. The Sox have now won four games in a row, leapfrogging Toronto into fourth place in the American League East.
The Sox homered four times in the blowout. Mike Aviles hit his ninth home run of the season in the second inning with two runners on, putting Boston ahead 3-2 after trailing early. With the bases loaded in the third, Cody Ross doubled on a ball misplayed by Logan Morrison, scoring three more runs. Nolasco was removed from the game in the fourth inning, after allowing nine earned runs.
The Ortiz grand slam came later in the fourth inning, off of reliever Chris Hatcher. Ortiz blasted a 96-MPH fastball deep into the right field seats, as the Sox extended their lead to 11-4. It was Ortiz’s 18th home run of the year, and the third straight game in which he has gone deep. Ortiz now has 396 career home runs.
Two batters later Jarrod Saltalamacchia also went deep for his 13th homer of the year, leading all catchers in baseball. Will Middlebrooks came in to pinch run for Kevin Youkilis in the sixth and later hit his seventh home run of the season when the game was well out of reach for Miami. The Sox had 16 hits in the one-sided slugfest.
On Thursday the Sox will attempt to sweep the visiting Marlins behind Daisuke Matsuzaka. In two starts back from Tommy John surgery, Dice-K has been shaky at times despite showing good stuff. He’ll try to pick up his first win the season as the Marlins send Carlos Zambrano to the mound.
Tags: Boston Red Sox, Carlos Zambrano, Chris Hatcher, Cody Ross, Daisuke Matsuzaka, David Ortiz, Felix Doubront, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kevin Youkilis, Logan Morrison, Miami Marlins, Mike Aviles, Ricky Nolasco, Will Middlebrooks