Red Sox offense explodes against Marlins

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Red Sox offense explodes against Marlins

MIAMI -- After scuffling for runs for much of the last week, the Red Sox exploded offensively at Marlins Park Wednesday night, pounding out 14 hits in a 10-2 rout of Miami.
The 10 runs were nearly as many as the team had scored in its previous five games (12) combined, and included an inning in which they batted around and saw Nick Punto collect as many hits in that frame as he had for the entire month of May.
"We needed to score some runs,'' said David Ortiz, who got the Red Sox on the board in the third with an opposite-field homer, his 15th of the season. "We've been a little short. Our pitching's been stepping up and we've been facing some good pitching the past week. It's crazy how that works.''
The 10 runs were the most the Sox had scored in a game since May 13 when they scored 12 in a 12-1 bashing of Cleveland.
The first four hitters in the Red Sox lineup had multi-hit games, with Adrian Gonzalez leading the way with three hits. Gonzalez had two RBI, to along with three RBI for Ortiz.
In all, six different Red Sox hitters had at least two hits and six different Red Sox had at least one RBI.
Punto, who took an .188 batting average into the game, opened the eighth with a pinch-hit double off the wall in right. When the lineup rolled over, he came up a second time and drilled a two-run single, becoming the first Red Sox hitter to collect two hits in an inning -- with one of them being a pinch-hit -- since Eric Hinske did so on July 21, 2007.

Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

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Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.