Sox tap Rockies for 11-4 win

Sox tap Rockies for 11-4 win
June 25, 2013, 10:45 pm
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BOSTON -- After playing 11 of their last 14 games on the road, the Red Sox began a long homestand Tuesday night and immediately seemed to like the feel of Fenway.
The Sox bashed out a season-high 20 hits, scored in each of the first four innings and ran away from the Colorado Rockies with an 11-4 interleague thumping.
Dustin Pedroia, who collected three hits in his first three plate appearances, knocked in four runs and three other Red Sox -- Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Nava and Jose Iglesias -- also contributed three-hit games.
Of the team's 20 hits, none was a homer, but the Sox did have six extra-base hits, including a ball hit to the center field camera well in the fourth that underwent a video review by the umpires and ruled a triple.
Pedroia has a history of smacking the Rockies around. He homered against them in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series and enjoyed a three-homer game in 2010, the last time the two teams met in the regular season.
Ryan Dempster snapped a tough-luck two-game losing streak, going six innings and allowing two runs on six hits for his first win since June 9.
The outing was Dempster's 10th quality start of the season, tying him with Clay Buchholz for most in the Red Sox rotation.  
Boston chased Colorado starter Juan Nicasio in the third inning and improved the Red Sox interleague record this season to 3-2.


STAR OF THE GAME: Dustin Pedroia
Pedroia had three hits in the first three innings, with each one producing a run for the Red Sox. He later added a sacrifice fly in his final plate appearance in the seventh, giving him a season-high four RBI. Together with cleanup hitter David Ortiz, who hits right behind him in the batting order, the Sox dynamic duo have combined for 101 RBI.

Dempster turned in his sixth straight quality start -- and 10th of the season -- while going six innings and allowing just two runs on six hits. Dempster, who's been the victim of poor run support at times, is 4-0 in five starts in which the Sox score four or more runs for him.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Juan Nicasio
The Rockies righthander set career highs in hits allowed and runs allowed, while registering season lows in innings and pitches thrown. He was gone before he could record a second out against the Sox in the third inning.

TURNING POINT: In the very first innings, Dempster allowed the first two Rockies to reach. But he then got Carlos Gonzalez to pop up and induced Michael Cuddyer to hit into an inning-ending double play. The Rockies never threatened again.

BY THE NUMBERS: In 10 career games against the Rockies -- including the 2007 World Series -- Pedroia is 11-for-26 (.423) with four homers 13 RBI.

QUOTE NOTE: "Another day, another wall.'' John Farrell on collision-prone outfielder Shane Victornino, who ran smack into the bullpen wall in the seventh.