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The Home Run Derby preview came to Fenway Park Thursday night as the Red Sox pounded the Orioles 10-4. Six round trippers left the yard for the Old Towne Team and a set of three came back-to-back-to-back in the bottom of the seventh. The win now gives the Sox a half game lead up on the Yankees for first place in the AL East.
Both of the Red Sox actual Home Run Derby participants, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz, left the yard. The littlest Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia, scaled the Monster in left to get the scoring started. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Josh Reddick and Jacoby Ellsbury also sent souveniers to the Fenway faithful.
In the opening game of the final series before the All-Star break, Sox starter Andrew Miller scuffled a bit early. He gave up two runs in the first, but second baseman Dustin Pedroia turned the game back around in the third. He hit a bomb that cleared the monster seats to score both Ellsbury and Marco Scutaro.
The O’s tied it up in the fourth on a J.J. Hardy sacrifice fly, but that would be the closest Baltimore would get to a win. In the bottom half of the inning, J.D. Drew grounded out to first, allowing Josh Reddick to score from third.
The home run barrage began again in the bottom of the fifth when Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo shot to deep center. Ellsbury followed him up with a two-run jack of his own in the bottom half of the sixth.
In the home half of the seventh, the damage was done. David Ortiz, the captain of the AL Home Run Derby squad, started the revolving door at home plate with a solo home run to give Boston an 8-3 advantage.
Next to have his turn at batting practice was right fielder, Josh Reddick. He ripped a homer into the right field grandstand upping the score to 9-3 Boston.
Finally to make it a 10-3 ballgame, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit the third consecutive solo jack off Pedro Viola up and into the monster seats.
The Orioles scored one more in the eighth, but it was too little too late.
Boston now has three more games left against Baltimore at friendly Fenway before the Mid-Summer Classic.
W: Andrew Miller (3-0)
L: Jake Arrieta (9-6)