Red Sox offense soars in 8-2 win over Padres

Red Sox offense soars in 8-2 win over Padres
July 4, 2013, 5:00 pm
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BOSTON – The Red Sox beat the Padres, 8-2, at Fenway Park Thursday afternoon, completing their three-game sweep, finishing 8-1 on their nine-game homestand.
 
The Sox offense recorded 18 hits, just shy of their season-high 20, which they hit earlier this homestand on June 25 against the Rockies.   The offense was led by Jacoby Ellsbury who went 3-for-4  with three runs scored, an RBI, and a solo home run in the eighth inning, his first home run since April 7 at Toronto.
 
Rookie right-hander Allen Webster earned his first major league win in his fifth start, improving to 1-2, lowering his ERA from 9.50 to 7.88 ERA. He went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts.
 
Padres’ lefty Eric Stults took the loss, falling to 6-7. He went 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with no walks, no strikeouts, and a hit batter.
 
 Webster gave up single runs in the third and fifth. Pedro Ciriaco led off the third with a walk, moving to second when Logan Forsythe was hit by a pitch, taking third on Will Venable’s single, and scoring on Chase Headley’s sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Venable doubled and scored on Jesus Guzman’s single.
 
The Sox got two runs in the first when Ellsbury led off with a single and Shane Victorino doubled before Dustin Pedroia’s two-run double.
 
The first-inning single extended Ellsbury’s hit streak to 14 games. He has now hit in 28 of his last 31 games, and has an American League-best 22 lead-off hits this season.
 
The Sox got single runs in the second, fourth, and fifth before adding two runs on David Ortiz’ double in sixth, off Padres relievers Tyson Ross and Burch Smith.
 
The Sox now head to the West Coast for 10 games before the All-Star break.
 
STAR OF THE GAME: Jacoby Ellsbury
Ellsbury went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored, extending his hitting streak to 14 games, his longest since an 18-game run from Aug. 26 – Sept. 14, 2-11. During the streak he is batting .424, going 25-for-59, with five doubles, a home run, eight RBI, four  walks, and two stolen bases.  He has hit in 28 of his last 31 games, batting .393 (53-for-135).
 
His 22 lead-off hits lead the American League.
 
His solo home run leading off the eighth inning  was his second of the season, first since April 7 at Toronto, a career-long streak of 314 at-bats without a home run. It was his first home run at Fenway since Sept. 9, 2012, against Toronto.
 
 
HONORABLE MENTION: Allen Webster
Webster earned his first major league win in his fifth start, improving to 1-2, lowering his ERA from 9.50 to 7.88 ERA. He went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts.  It was his second career quality start, first since his major league debut on April 21 against the Royals.
 
He has not allowed a home run in 12.0 innings over his last two starts after giving up five in 12.0 innings over his first three starts.
 
 
THE GOAT: Eric Stults
Stults took the loss, falling to 6-7. He went 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with no walks, no strikeouts, and a hit batter.
 
 
THE TURNING POINT
The Sox got two runs off Stults in the first inning, as the first three batters reach base. After that, they continued to add on, never letting the Padres get close.
 
BY THE NUMBERS: 19
The Sox are 19 games above .500, their best mark since there were 19 games over on Sept. 27, 2011.
 
QUOTE OF NOTE
“I think it’s great, home field advantage, getting the crowd into it. Obviously, not trying for the late-inning heroics, But it’s good  that we have that in the bag if we need it. I think momentum is just within the series. I don’t think momentum really carries over to Anaheim. They could go out and score 20 tonight and think they got momentum. So it’ll just be a clean slate tomorrow.” – Jonny Gomes, on the Sox 8-1 homestand before heading to the West Coast