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Cody Ross really enjoys hitting at Fenway Park. The outfielder was signed to just a one-year $3 million contract with Boston, but the attraction of the Green Monster in left field might be the biggest offseason attraction for his looming free agency.
On Wednesday night as a part of the dominating 10-1 victory over Chicago, Ross launched two three-run home runs in consecutive innings, both over the Monster. His six runs batted in along with four from Adrian Gonzalez were plenty to provide starter Felix Doubront with his tenth win of the season.
The two teams traded first inning runs, with Gonzalez knocking in Carl Crawford on an RBI base hit. Crawford scored twice and his now hitting an even .500 with six runs scored in three games since his return. Ross provided the biggest blasts though, as both his blasts came off of White Sox starter Pedro Hernandez, who was making his big league debut, allowing twelve hits and eight earned runs over just 4.0 innings of work.
Gonzalez launched a home run off of Hernandez as well, the eighth of the season for the slugger who has been largely criticized for his lack of power. He had three hits, raising his average up to .296 on the year and appears to be turning his season around. Gonzalez has at least two hits in every game he’s played since the All-Star Break. The two home runs for Ross give him a grand total of 15 on the year, as his pull approach at the plate truly is tailor-made for Fenway Park.
Doubront pitched 6.0 innings, allowing just one run in the first inning. He improves to 10-4 with a 4.24 ERA, and continues to be viewed as one of the Sox most consistent starters.
The two Sox teams square off Thursday for the fourth and final game of the series as the Red Sox attempt to improve to a terrific 5-2 mark out of the gate, and grab another series win.