Sox offense blasts Orioles, 12-3

Sox offense blasts Orioles, 12-3
September 27, 2013, 10:00 pm
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BALTIMORE -- Powering their way to the finish line, the Red Sox belted three homers and routed the Baltimore Orioles, 12-3 Friday night, moving a step closer to clinching the best record in the American League.     

The Oakland A's, the Red Sox' only challenger for the best record in the A.L., also won, beating Seattle 8-2. The Sox' magic number to clinch the best overall record sits at one with two games to play.

Even before the Sox' victory was complete, the club clinched home field in the Division Series when the Detroit Tigers lost to the Miami Marlins.     

The Sox got three-run homers from Daniel Nava -- just his second since the All-Star break -- and David Ortiz, and a solo shot from Jonny Gomes.     

The homer for Ortiz was his 30th of the season, giving him his 7th 30-homer, 100-RBI season, tying him with Ted Williams in franchise history.     

Jarrod Saltalamacchia appeared to have a three-run homer himself, but upon video review, it was ruled a run-scoring double. It was the 40th of the season for Saltalamacchia, most in a single season by a Red Sox catcher.     

Clay Buchholz, making his final start of the season, went seven innings and gave up three runs. All three of the runs came on homers, with Adam Jones smashing a two-run blast in the third and Chris Davis hitting a solo shot in the sixth. The two homers matched the number Buchholz had allowed all season before Friday night.     

The Sox have scored 27 runs in the last two games and have won nine of their last 12 games.