Notes: Sox continue to roll at home

Notes: Sox continue to roll at home
July 3, 2013, 8:00 am
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BOSTON – After beating the Padres, 4-1, Tuesday night at Fenway Park, the Red Sox are 6-1 on their nine-game homestand, with two left to play against the Padres. They improved their American League-best record to 51-34, and are a season-high 17 games over .500, their best mark since the end of the 2011 season, when they closed out at 18 games over.

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The Sox are now 8-1 against rookie pitchers this season, giving them a combined 8.13 ERA, with 47 earned runs in 52 innings pitched over 13 starts.

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David Ortiz hit his 500th career double in the first inning. He is the 58th player in major league history to reach that mark and the fifth active player to do so, along with Todd Helton, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.  With his 416 career home runs, Ortiz became one of just 20 major league players to record both 500 doubles and 400 homers. Pujols and Rodriguez are the only other active players who have reached both those marks.
 
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Dustin Pedroia matched a career high for the ninth time with three walks. It also matched the team’s single-game high this season for the 10th time.

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Koji Uehara recorded the save with a perfect ninth. He is now second on the staff with five saves, surpassing Joel Hanrahan’s four, behind Andrew Bailey’s eight.

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Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-4, extending his hit streak to 12 games, matching his longest of the season. During the streak he is batting .412, going 21-for-51, with five doubles, seven RBI, four walks, and two stolen bases. He has hit in 26 of his last 29 games since May 26, batting .386 (49-for-127) in that time. Ellsbury stole his major league-leading 33rd base in the third inning and has been successful in 91.7% of his attempts this season, getting caught twice.

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Pedro Ciriaco had two stolen bases, the first multi-steal game of his career.
 
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Carlos Quentin went 0-for-4 with a strikeout against John Lackey, after entering the game batting .615, going 8-for-13 with four home runs and seven RBI in his career against Lackey. Prior to the game, he had at least one hit in all five games with a plate appearance against Lackey in his career.