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The Red Sox dominated the Orioles Sunday afternoon in a 23-hit game that ended 18-10 in favor of the Sox.
Clay Buchholz started for the Sox but didn’t last long in the game and almost blew a 7-0 lead. Buchholz gave up seven runs in four innings and was replaced by Manny Delcarmen in the fourth inning, who went one and two-thirds and came away with the win.
Without great pitching, it was all about the offense, and the Red Sox bashed their way through the Orioles’ pitchers the entire game. It started in the first inning when J.D. Drew smacked a bases-clearing double to score three runs, after which he left the game because of a tight groin muscle. In the second inning, the Red Sox made it 6-0, and recently called-up Josh Reddick hit his first major league homer in the fourth, in which the Sox scored seven runs. They continued to attack the ball for the rest of the game, securing the win with 18 runs.
Orioles’ pitcher Jason Berken was handed the loss, giving up a total of seven hits and six earned runs. Nine of the thirteen batters he faced reached base, and he was gone after only an inning and a third.
It was a strange (and long) game, but the Red Sox will take it – it gave them their first sweep since June 2-4 against the Detroit Tigers, and keeps them just a half game behind the Yankees in the AL East standings.
Victor Martinez, who had the best afternoon of all the Red Sox hitters (which is a feat in itself), by racking up five hits and four RBI’s. For only his second game with the Sox, I’ll say he did pretty well for himself.
Clay Buchholz. In a stroke of luck, the Red Sox were able to come out of their offensive slump in order to save the game Buchholz nearly blew. After giving up seven runs in only four innings, Buchholz should be thanking the starting nine for saving his butt and scoring enough runs for him to come away with a no decision.
“Boy, he swung the bat great. Immediate impact. I think you’re seeing one of the better hitters in the league with some renewed excitement.”
– Terry Francona, on Victor Martinez’s performance
W: Manny Delcarmen (4-2)
L: Jason Berken (1-9)