Smooth sailing for Red Sox in 11-4 win

Smooth sailing for Red Sox in 11-4 win
July 11, 2013, 1:00 am
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SEATTLE -- Somewhat quietly, Felix Doubront has emerged as one of the most consistent members of the Red Sox' starting rotation.

Doubront pitched seven innings of one-run ball and got plenty of offensive backing from his teammates as the Red Sox throttled the Seattle Mariners, 11-4, for the second straight win after a stretch that saw them lose three in a row.

For Doubront, it marked the 11th straight start in which he allowed three runs or fewer and the fifth straight time in which he allowed two runs or fewer. In 16 starts this season, Doubront has recorded a quality start 10 times.

The Red Sox lineup, which endured a 16-inning scoreless streak earlier in the road trip, reached double-figures in runs for the second night in a row.

The offense got cranking early with two sacrifice flies in the second and a two-run homer from David Ortiz in the third. The Sox later erupted for a four-run sixth inning.

Ortiz had two hits, including a double in the second that allowed him to pass Harold Baines for most career hits by a DH at 1,689. He knocked in three runs.

Jacoby Ellsbury, returning to the lineup after a two-game absence, collected three hits and scored two runs.

Brandon Workman, promoted from Pawtucket Tuesday, made his major league debut in the eighth and was rocked for three runs on four hits -- all of them for extra bases.

STAR OF THE GAME: Felix Doubront

Doubront cruised through this start, blanking the Mariners over the first six innings before allowing a solo run in the seventh, his final inning of work. Doubront hasn't lost since June 8 and has turned in quality starts in 10 of his 16 outings.

HONORABLE MENTION: Jacoby Ellsbury

The center fielder missed the last two games with a sore left wrist, but returned with a splash, collecting a hit to lead off the game -- and extend his hitting streak to 18 games -- before later adding two more hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
      
GOAT OF THE GAME: Aaron Harang

Harang spotted the Red Sox a five-run head start by the fourthinning and was gone before an out could be record in the sixth inning.

TURNING POINT: Already ahead 2-0 after two, the Sox saw their lead doubled in the third when David Ortiz launched a two-run homer to right for his second homer in as many nights.

BY THE NUMBERS: Brandon Workman became the seventh Red Sox player to make his major league debut this season when he entered the game in the eighth inning.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's made a lot of adjustments -- he's been coming on strong early and staying pretty consistent.'' Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Felix Doubront.