Middlebrooks has 7 RBI as Sox rout Rockies, 15-5

Middlebrooks has 7 RBI as Sox rout Rockies, 15-5
September 26, 2013, 12:30 am
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DENVER -- In an old-fashioned Coors Field slugfest, the Red Sox belted three homers among their 16 hits, pounding the Colorado Rockies 15-5, and moving a step closer to clinching the best record in the American League.
      
The victory, coupled with a loss by Oakland earlier in the day, dropped the Red Sox' magic number to clinch the league's best record to two.
      
Will Middlebrooks smoked two homers -- a three-run homer in the fifth and a grand slam in the eighth -- giving him seven RBI. Shane Victorino added a three-run homer of his own while Jarrod Saltalamacchia collected four hits and had two RBI.
     
David Ortiz, meanwhile, reached the 100-RBI mark for the seventh time in his career with a two-run double in the first inning.
     
The game was also the last home game for Colorado first baseman Todd Helton, who was honored with a pre-game ceremony. Helton homered in the first inning and later added a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring double in his final Coors Field appearance after 17 seasons.
      
Jake Peavy was hit around, but managed to get through six inning, allowing five runs on eight hits, earning his fourth win in five decisions since joining the Red Sox in late July.
      
Junichi Tazawa, Franklin Morales, Craig Breslow and Ryan Dempster finished up for the Sox, with Morales picking off a runner and fanning Helton, boosting his chances to be included on the team's playoff roster.

STAR OF THE GAME: Will Middlebrooks
Middlebrooks hadn't done much in the last two weeks, but hemade up for it Wednesday, with a grand slam and a three-run homer, giving him seven RBI for the night.
 
HONORABLE MENTION: Todd Helton
In his final home game, at the end of a 17-year career, Helton rose to the occasion, hitting a solo homer, a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring double to drive in three of the five Rockies runs.
   
GOAT OF THE GAME: Jhoulys Chacin
The Colorado starter didn't get very far, going just four innings while giving up seven runs on nine hits to put his team behind from the very first inning.
   
TURNING POINT: In the fourth inning, after the Rockies had come back to tie the score at 4, Shane Victorino smacked a three-run homer to left. From that point on, the Sox outscored the Rockies, 11-1.
     
BY THE NUMBERS: David Ortiz reached the 100-RBI mark for the seventh time in his career. Among Red Sox players, only Ted Williams (nine times) and Jim Rice (eight) did it more often.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "It just stinks pitching here, especially if those balls aren't cold and humidified up. We won't get into that, but I can promise you those things weren't in the humidifier tonight." -Jake Peavy