In the last week, the Red Sox had shown signs that they were ready to bust out offensively, three times scoring nine runs in the previous seven games.
But returning to Fenway, the Sox exploded as they erupted for 19 hits in a 17-5 mauling of the Texas Rangers, setting a season high for runs scored and extra-base hits.
The Sox scored at least once in each of the first seven innings and led 9-0 before the Rangers could score.
Continuing their season-long pattern of beating up on rookie pitchers, the Sox chased Texas righthander Justin Grimm in the second inning. No rookie starter has gotten past the fifth inning in seven tries this season.
Six Red Sox hitters enjoyed multi-hit games, led by Mike Carp, Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (three hits each) and shortstop Stephen Drew, who had a four-hit game.
All three hit homers, as did Jackie Bradley Jr, who smoked his first major league homer into the right field bleachers in the second inning.
Ryan Dempster was the beneficiary of the outburst of all 17 runs while he was in the game. In his previous 11 starts before Tuesday night, the Sox had scored a total of 28 runs for him.
Talking Points, By Maureen Mullen
STAR OF THE GAME: Mike Carp
Before he was ejected, for the first time in his career, by home plate umpire Andy Fletcher in the eighth inning for arguing his called third, Mike Carp reached base four times, for the third time in his career, with a home run, a walk, three RBI, and three runs scored.
HONORABLE MENTION: Stephen Drew
Drew went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, three runs scored, and two RBI. It was his first game with three extra-base hits since Aug. 25, 2010, while with Arizona at San Diego.
THE GOAT: Justin Grimm
Grimm lasted just 1 2/3 innings, a season-low for him, giving up a season-high eight runs (all earned) as his ERA ballooned from 3.93 to 5.13, on seven hits and three walks with one strikeout and one home run. Of the 15 batters he faced, 10 reached base, with eight scoring. Of the 60 pitches in his outing, just 29, or 48 percent, were for strikes.
THE TURNING POINT
The Red Sox made Grimm throw 34 pitches, just 17 for strikes, in the first inning when they sent seven batters to the plate, scoring two runs. After that, they just continued to add on to their lead, driving Grimm from the game after 1 2/3 innings.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Red Sox scored at least one run in each of the first seven innings, the first time they have done so since July 3, 1998. It was the first time it has been done by any time since the Blue Jays did so on Aug. 7, 2010, according to Elias. No team has ever scored in every inning, according to MLB.
QUOTE OF NOTE
“It’s just baseball. It happens. Over the course of a year, 162 games, you’re going to have opportunities to score a lot of runs. And tonight we didn’t stop. We kept it going all night and nobody gave in until the last out was made. So it was nice.” – Mike Carp on the Sox offensive explosion