BALTIMORE -- Go figure.
One night after needing 16 innings to score just one run and eek out a win in a marathon pitching duel, the Red Sox had to out-slug their way to a win which featured 25 runs and 28 hits, holding off the Baltimore Orioles 15-10.
The 15 runs fell one shy of the Red Sox single-game high for the season. The Sox beat Toronto 16-4 on June 11.
After the Sox squandered a 6-2 lead in the 5th inning, the teams were tied 7-7 in the eighth when Dustin Pedroia, who snapped the scoreless tie at Tropicana Field the previous night, drilled an opposite-field double, scoring two.
Kevin Youkilis followed with a two-run single and the inning was extended with a run-scoring single from Carl Crawford and a three -run double from Darnell McDonald.
BOSTON - Drew Pomeranz pitched six strong innings and tied his career high with 11 strikeouts to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.
Xander Bogaerts and Deven Marrero hit their first home runs of the season helping Boston to their fourth straight win.
Pomeranz (4-3) made it as far as six innings for the third time this season and beat Texas for the first time in nine career outings.
Elvis Andrus homered and Nomar Mazara had two hits and an RBI for Texas, which has lost four of five overall and has lost 15 of 21 on the road.
Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland had RBI singles in the first inning as Boston got to Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez (1-3) early.
A sloppy, cold night at Fenway Park led to an early exit for Dustin Pedroia, who was pulled because of left knee pain.
The Red Sox said the move was precautionary and that Pedroia is day to day. The press-box announcement included the note that manager John Farrell removed Pedroia, which is not typically information provided in-game, but was perhaps an attempt to reinforce that Pedroia did not want to exit the game.
Indeed, he did not, Farrell said after the game.
"With the conditions tonight ... made the decision to take him off the field," Farrell said. "Didn't want to do anything given what he's gone through on that knee. When they dump the tarp, there is a lot of water that stands behind second base and when they're in an over-shift, he's right in the middle of it. While he could have continued, just wanted to be sure this is more precautionary. And the conditions, he felt a little soreness. He wanted to stay in the game, but wasn't going to take any chances with it."
Pedroia had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.
Pedroia led off the third inning Thursday night against the Rangers' Nick Martinez with a walk and scored when the next batter, Xander Bogaerts, homered. Pedroia grounded out to end the bottom of the fourth.
He did not field a ball in the top of the fifth and was replaced by Josh Rutledge ahead of the top of the sixth.