Sox bring bats to Baltimore, win 15-10

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Sox bring bats to Baltimore, win 15-10

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
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.

Six different Red Sox players had multi-hit games, led by Jacoby Ellsbury who had three hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly filling in at DH.

Tim Wakefield, in search of career victory No. 199, was victimized by the long ball in the fifth, surrendering two home runs and a two-run double as he failed to finish the inning.

Dan Wheeler turned in 2 13 scoreless innings in relief of Wakefield, getting the Sox through the seventh and earning the win, his second of the season.

The win was Boston's seventh straight over Baltimore this season after two early-season losses.

STAR OF THE GAME: Dustin Pedroia

It doesn't seem to matter whether it's 0-0 in the 16th or 7-7 in the eighth - Pedroia is a player you want up with
the game on the line.

After stretching his hitting streak to 16 straight games with a third-inning RBI single, Pedroia gave the Red Sox the lead for good with an opposite-field double in the eighth, scoring two.

HONORABLE MENTION: Dan Wheeler

When Tim Wakefield gave up five runs in the fifth, blowing a 6-2 lead, the Sox needed someone to take over and get them into the late innings.

Enter Wheeler, who had been relegated to mop-up work after a rough start to the season. But in perhaps his most important outing of the season, Wheeler pitched scoreless ball for 2 13 innings, buying time for the Red Sox offense to battle back.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Mike Gonzalez.

Gonzalez got the final two outs in the seventh in what was then a tie game. But in the eighth, the veteran lefty unraveled, allowing three of the first four hitters to reach -- two by walk.

That, in turn, led to the big inning in which the Sox scored eight times and pulled away from the Orioles.

TURNING POINT: For the second straight night, a Pedroia at-bat was the key.

Sunday nightMonday morning, that moment came in the 16th. Monday night, with the team dragging after all-night travel, Pedroia got the job done in half the time, slamming a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth.

BY THE NUMBERS: After losing the first two meetings of the season between the teams, the Red Sox have now won the last seven in a row against Baltimore, scoring 61 runs in the process.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "Neither one, to be honest with you." Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, asked whether he would have preferred catching 16 innings in a domed stadium -- as Jason Varitek did Sunday night -- or nine innings in 95-degree heat with stifling humidity, as he endured Monday night.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam.

David Ortiz re-enacts Boston movie scenes as part of charity video

David Ortiz re-enacts Boston movie scenes as part of charity video

As part of a charity promotion with Omaze, David Ortiz has made a video re-enacting scenes from Boston-set movies. 

The movies range from a classic -- "Good Will Hunting" -- to very good crime movies -- "The Departed, The Town" — to the just plain bad "Fever Pitch," but all of the scenes are entertaining. Ortiz plays every part in each scene, often playing to characters interacting with one another. 

At the end of the video, a link is given to Omaze.com/papi, which gives fans the opportunity to enter a drawing to attend his jersey retirement ceremony by donating. Proceeds go to the David Ortiz Children’s Fund and the Red Sox Foundation. 

The David Ortiz Children Fund aims to help children in New England and the Dominican Republic who are born with congenital heart failure. 
 

Drellich: When will Red Sox players hold themselves accountable?

Drellich: When will Red Sox players hold themselves accountable?

BOSTON -- Whether John Farrell is managing the Red Sox next week or next month, keep an eye on player accountability.

Five years ago, Bobby Valentine was supposed to be the disciplinarian that stopped babying the clubhouse. Disaster followed, largely because Valentine was a terrible fit for this group, his approach extreme and dated.

But this year’s team makes you wonder whether a distilled sense of Red Sox entitlement lingers.

At Fenway Park, is the message from the veteran voices one that includes a sense of public accountability for not just the manager, but the players as well?

In FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal’s piece on Farrell, Rosenthal noted “some players, but not all, believe that [Farrell] does not stand up for them strongly enough to the media.”

Those unnamed players Rosenthal cites need a mirror, badly. Or at least a glance around the room.

Where’s the guy in the clubhouse standing up to the media with any consistency? There’s no voice that regularly shields the younger, less experienced guys from tough but expected questions after losses.

Dustin Pedroia gets dressed and leaves the clubhouse faster than Chris Sale will get the ball back and throw it Wednesday. 

Pedroia mentioned something about whale poop in Oakland over the weekend. He can be very funny, but he’s not exactly keen to deliver calming, state-of-the-union addresses — not with frequency, anyway.

Farrell, of course, has been criticized for doing the opposite of what the FOX Sports story noted. The manager was mobbed on social media last year for saying David Price had good stuff on a day Price himself said the opposite.

The premise here is amusing, if you think about it.

Follow: Players are upset that the manager does not do a better job lying about their performance. And this, in turn, affects how players play?

Get a grip.

The public isn’t dumb. If you’re bad, you’re bad, and you’re going to hear about it in Boston. No manager changes that.

Whichever Sox player seeks more protection from Farrell really needs a reminder from a teammate to play better.

Too often, some of the most famous, prominent athletes can be sensitive, and over-sensitive. Look at how LeBron James handled a question about what led to his poor performance in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

It is true that some players question Farrell’s leadership, as Rosenthal reported. But it can also be difficult to separate questions of leadership from whining and grumbling that a manager isn’t providing said player more chances, more opportunities, even if undeserved.

How can Drew Pomeranz's unfounded dugout complaints be Farrell's fault?

The situation and player that make Farrell look the worst this year is Hanley Ramirez. The idea of him playing first base is gone, his shoulders apparently too screwed up to make that viable. 

Somehow, Ramirez made 133 starts at first base last year. One has to wonder how all of a sudden Ramirez can barely play a single game. 

If he’s hurt, he’s hurt. But the Sox didn’t come out of the gate in spring training and say, first base is out of the picture because of his health. They kept saying there was hope he'd be able to play in the field.

If Ramirez is being obstinate, he’s in turn making Farrell look weak. And, more importantly, hurting his team.

What would Ramirez be doing if David Ortiz hadn't retired? Spending the year on the disabled list?

Farrell can pack up his bags today, tomorrow or after the next full moon. The players would still need to take it upon themselves to do what’s best for their team: to focus on what matters.

If they’ve forgotten, that’s about performing up to their abilities and being accountable for themselves -- publicly and privately -- when they don’t.

A manager’s quote in the media doesn’t change whether you’re playing bad baseball.