Notes: Season-high 20 hits for Sox

Notes: Season-high 20 hits for Sox
June 26, 2013, 1:15 am
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BOSTON – The Red Sox banged out a season-high 20 hits in their 11-4 win over the Rockies at Fenway Park Tuesday night. Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, and Jose Iglesias each had three hits.
 
Every batter in the Sox lineup had at least one hit. It was the second time they have done so this season, along with June 8 against the Rangers.
 
Six players reached base at least three times, the most in a nine-inning game since Sept. 19, 2011, against the Orioles.
 
“Early on we found some holes with some base hits that weren't squared up and then combined it with some balls that were squared up,” said manager John Farrell. “Just up and down the lineup, a very good approach." Jose, once again, three base hits, continues to swing a hot bat for us."

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Shane Victorino was banged up again, crashing into the right field wall on Jonathan Herrera’s fly ball that went for a three-base error.
 
"Another wall, another day,” Farrell said. “He hit a bolt that holds up one of those signs. It's not that he suffered a gash but it hit him in a tough spot right above the ear. He kind of lost his footing going after the ball. It seems like he's finding a wall on a daily basis.”

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Through the first three innings, Pedroia had three at-bats, three hits, three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. He finished going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, a stolen base, and a season-high four RBI.
 
Including four World Series games in 2007, Pedroia is 11-for-26, batting .423, with three doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI, and five walks in 10 career contests against the Rockies.
 
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Iglesias reached in three of his five plate appearances, tying his season high with three hits for the fourth time, the first time since June 21 at Detroit. He extended his career-high on-base streak to 27 games with a plate appearance, during which he is hitting .430, going 40-for-93, with seven doubles, two triples, a home run, seven RBI, nine walks, getting hit by a pitch twice.
 
The 27-game on-base streak is the longest by a Red Sox batter this season and is the longest by a Sox rookie since Trot Nixon reached in 27 straight games with a plate appearance from Aug. 16 – Sept. 19, 1999.
 
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Stephen  Drew hit his fourth triple of the year in the 4th inning. It was the 20th triple of the season for the Red Sox, the club’s most through the first 79 games of a season since 2003, when they hit 27.
 
Drew’s triple, to straightaway center field, appeared both live and on replay, to be a home run. It would have been his sixth of the season and first since June 4 against the Rangers. The umpiring crew reviewed it and let the ruling on the field stand.
 
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Ellsbury went 3-for-5, tying his season high with three runs scored for the fourth time, the first time since June 18 against the Rays. He has multiple hits in his last four games and in seven of his last nine. In that stretch he is batting .436, going 17-for-39.
 
This was also his fourth straight game with a double, making him the first Sox centerfielder with at least two hits and one extra-base hit in four straight games since Tony Armas did it in four straight games, all at center field, from Aug. 27-30, 1985.
 
Ellsbury led off with a double, his 20th hit to lead off a game this season, passing Baltimore’s Nate McLouth for most in the American League. Overall he has hit safely in 58 of his 71 games this season, the most games with a hit from the leadoff spot in the majors.
 
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The Sox also tied a season high with three errors.