Sox 20-run, 8-homer barrage buries Tigers

Sox 20-run, 8-homer barrage buries Tigers
September 5, 2013, 1:30 am
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Will Middlebrooks gets a hand at home plate from, left to right, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, and Mike Carp.

(AP Photo)

BOSTON --  It was an offensive display unlike anything seen at Fenway Park in more than a generation.
 
"It was like lighting a firework. . . . and it seemed like the fireworks just keep on coming,” David Ortiz said of the mood in the Sox dugout during the game.
 
Manager John Farrell was nearly at a loss for words.
 
"I don't know that I've ever been a part of one, with the number of balls that left the ballpark,” Farrell said. “The ball was carrying here tonight, obviously, the lead changed hands a couple of times until we get to the sixth and Will's grand slam gave us a little breathing room and we kept going. Big night for David, obviously a milestone for him. Great career. Great to see the reception and the ovation that he received, and rightly so.”
 
Early in the game, the Sox trailed the Tigers by a run. Twice. They went into the sixth inning leading by just a run, before the shellacking began.

"It's hard to explain,” Farrell said. “You see the number of different guys put good swings on some pitches and drive some balls out of the ballpark, it gave us an opportunity to get a number of guys off their feet ... just a rare and outstanding offensive night tonight."
 
Not everyone saw it that way.
 
"They got hot. It got a little contagious,” said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. “One of those freaky nights. We did make a lot of bad pitches.
 
"This was pretty ugly but that's the way it goes. We obviously didn't do a good job of keeping the ball in the ballpark. The Green Monster's one thing but right field you don't normally see them go out like that. They were going out like ping pong balls."

In the 20-4 destruction of the Tigers in the series finale Wednesday night, the Red Sox hit eight home runs, matching the team’s record for home runs in one game.  They also hit eight against the Blue Jays at Fenway on July 4, 1977.
 
Six of the home runs went to right field.
 
Seven different Sox batters hit one out against the Tigers, the most ever in a game. Ortiz hit two – a lead-off home run in the fourth and a two-run shot in the seventh.  Will Middlebrooks hit a grand slam, Daniel Nava, Stephen Drew and Ryan Lavarnway hit two-run shots, and Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Napoli hit solo homers.
 
Which one most impressed Farrell?
 
"Given the situation in the game, obviously Will's,” Farrell said, of the grand slam in the Sox’ eight-run sixth. “That had as much meaning inside the game as any. Where we were, what the score was, and gave us a cushion that we continued to build on."

The 20 runs scored were the most this season, and the most since they beat the Marlins 25-8 on June 27, 2003, at Fenway.
 
The 16-run margin of victory was the Sox’ largest since a 17-1 win over the Yankees on July 15, 2005.
 
The Sox scored at least one run in each inning except for a scoreless first.
 
The eight runs in the sixth matched a season high for an inning, tying the May 15 third inning against Tampa Bay.
 
 Middlebrooks went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI on his sixth-inning grand slam.  It was the second grand slam of his career. The  other was the first home run of his career, on May 6, 2012, against the Orioles. It was the fifth grand slam by the Sox this season.