Postgame notes: Sox hit halfway mark 48-33

Postgame notes: Sox hit halfway mark 48-33
June 28, 2013, 12:00 am
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Koji Uehara close out a 7-4 victory over the Blue Jays that moved the Sox a season-high 15 games over .500.


BOSTON – With the 7-4 victory over the Blue Jays at Fenway Park Thursday night, the Red Sox improve to 48-33 at the halfway point in the season, and are 15 games above .500, their high-water mark this season. The Sox had nine hits in the game – one from every member of the starting lineup except Mike Carp, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia recorded two. Every member of the lineup scored a run except Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino.
 
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The Sox sent 11 batters to the plate in their seven-run  second  inning. The seven  runs were one shy of their most for one inning this season, behind an 8-run output on May 15 in the third inning at Tampa Bay. It was the most the Sox have scored in an inning at Fenway since April 13, 2012, against the Rays with eight runs in the eighth. The 11 batters in the second matched the most in an inning this season for the fourth time, the first since the third inning May 15 at Tampa Bay.

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The Sox are 6-4 this season against the Jays, with nine games to be played. They have outscored the Jays 57-39 this season. The Sox 294 wins against the Jays are second all-time against all teams, trailing only the Yankees, with 297 wins against them.
 
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Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run  in the second inning. It was his fifth home run of the season, and first since June 5 against the Rangers.  Nine of his last 10 home runs since Aug. 23, 2012,  have come at Fenway Park, including four of his five home runs this season. It was his 16th career home run against the Blue Jays, his most against any club. The Orioles are second, at 11.
 
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Shane Victorino went 1-for-4 with a double, giving him a streak of three games with a double, his longest extra-base hit streak of the season.  In his past nine games, Victorino is 14-for-37, batting .378 with four doubles, a triple, a homer, and nine RBI.
 
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Koji Uehara earned his third save of the season, second in as many games, and second since being named the team’s closer on June 21. It was the first time he has recorded a save in back-to-back games since Oct. 1-2, 2010, against the Tigers while with the Orioles. He earned a save on no days rest for the sixth time in his career, first since that Oct. 2, 2010 game. It was his 50th career save between MLB , where he has 17 saves,  and Japan, where he has 33.