By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
Having apparently decided that they can't outpitch teams and win, the Red Sox chose another strategy in the second game of their day-night doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles: Outslug them.
The Sox pounded out 20 hits and three different hitters collected four RBI each as Boston snapped its three-game losing streak and clubbed the Orioles, 18-9.
The win dropped the Sox' magic number to clinch the American League wild card spot to eight with eight games remaining.
After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first, the Red Sox scored four times in the bottom of the inning and tacked on two more in the second.
They led 11-5 after three but when starter John Lackey allowed another run in the fourth and two more in the fifth, he was pulled two outs shy of qualifying for the win.
Lackey's shelling -- eight earned runs in 4 13 innings -- sent his ERA upward to 6.49 while driving the Red Sox' starters' ERA in September to 6.87.
Every member of the starting lineup had at least one hit except Jason Varitek with four players collecting three hits each and three others chipping in with two hits apiece.
In the seven-run seventh, Jacoby Ellsbury smacked the first inside-the-park home run for the Sox since 2007 and Conor Jackson followed later that same inning with a grand slam.
Jackson, Dustin Pedroia and Jed Lowrie all collected four RBI.
Four Red Sox relievers combined to limit the O's to one run over the final 4 23 innings, with Scott Atchison getting credit for the win.