Doubront escapes trouble, cruises to 10th win

Doubront escapes trouble, cruises to 10th win
August 28, 2013, 12:15 am
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BOSTON -- After loading the bases with no outs to begin the top of the third, Felix Doubront would be happy to just minimize the damage.

That's exactly what Doubront did, as he allowed just two runs in that inning, and then cruised into the seventh while allowing only two more hits, en route to his 10th win of the season on Tuesday night.

The Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 13-2 at Fenway Park, and while pitching with a large lead is nice, Doubront put himself into a tough spot in that third inning, while trying to secure a 1-0 lead.

After loading the bases with no outs, he walked in a run and allowed another run on a sac fly, giving the Orioles a 2-1 lead. But he was then able to get Chris Davis to pop out to third, and ended the inning by striking out Adam Jones swinging on a high 92 mph fastball.

"Felix continues to put together a strong start here tonight," said Red Sox manager John Farrell after the win. "He minimized the damage in the third, when things were able to get away from him a little bit. But he keeps it to a two-run inning.

"When things could have maybe become a big inning against us, he found a way to minimize, which he's done a number of times. And after that, he settled in very well. Much better fastball command throughout the later innings. Our starters are on a good little run here."

Doubront went 6.2 innings while allowing four hits and just those two runs. He walked one batter, hit a better, and struck out seven, lowering his ERA to 3.74.

Including Doubront, Red Sox starters have a 1.36 ERA over their last seven games, holding opponents to two runs or less in each of those games.

Doubront's poise on Tuesday night, especially in the third inning on, is something the Red Sox are now used to seeing from him.

"He's shown it repeatedly," said Farrell. "He has a way of staying under control, and giving up one or two runs, rather than it being a four or five-run inning."

"I remember last year, when I got in a lot of those jams, like, bases loaded," said Doubront. "I've seen that before. So I don't want to panic. Just throw a good pitch. One pitch at a time, and try to get outs.

"I said to myself that that's the only inning that that's going to happen," added Doubront. "The next three innings, four innings, I just gave everything to not see that again. I was so confident with a lead . . . It was perfect."