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The Red Sox needed a game like this; good pitching, lots of hitting, and a clear victory. They almost didn’t get it – Josh Beckett needed 37 pitches to get through the first inning, but rebounded to toss 6 innings and limit the Twins to two runs in what would become a blowout.
The Sox offensive parade would eventually pile up 11 runs and 18 hits behind a strong effort from Beckett, Atchison, and Albers as they put away the Twins 11-2.
One of the problems facing the Red Sox this season was falling behind early. It seemed like every night, the team would be trailing and have to put up a few runs just to even the score, yet alone take the lead in a game. Tuesday night, the Sox scored first with leadoff hitter Mike Aviles continuing to do his best Jacoby Ellsbury impression in the leadoff spot with a double. That would be the first of five first inning hits for Boston en route to a three-run inning.
David Ortiz continues to smash the ball. After a 2-4 night with a home run, Big Papi is putting up video game numbers: .444/.486/.714. It isn’t enough to say Ortiz is locked in at the place. He is off to an amazing start, and as a traditionally slow starter, what Ortiz is doing is even more impressive.
Marlon Byrd, newly acquired from the Chicago Cubs, chipped in two hits of his own. Combined with his hit in the first game of the series, Byrd now has as many hits in two games with the Red Sox as he had in 13 games with the Cubs before the trade.
In the end, every Red Sox starter, except Cody Ross, chipped in with at least one hit. On a night where the team tallied 18 though, this isn’t such a big deal.
For the Twins, nothing went well. Starter Nick Blackburn had a tough task: Kelly Shoppach and Mike Aviles entered the night hitting .500 against him and David Ortiz did so hitting “just” .400 with a few walks for good measure. Living up to their previous success, Aviles collected 4 hits, Ortiz chipped in with 2 and Shoppach connected for one.
Mike Aviles started off the game with a double and the team followed his lead and never looked back. He finished 4-5.
Ross was hitless during the Red Sox power surge. Of course, he had two home runs the night before. Not much to complain about here.
W: Josh Beckett (2-2)
L: Nick Blackburn (0-2)