By Sean McAdam
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BOSTON -- For 6 12 innings, a game between the team with best record in the American League and one with the third-worst record in the National League was surprisingly close.
Then reality set in.
The Red Sox, with great help from the San Diego Padres' bullpen, ripped off 10 runs in the bottom of the seventh to waltz to a 14-5 victory in interleague play.
In the seventh alone, San Diego pitchers walked four and hit two others as the Sox scored nine runs after two were out. The 10 runs came in an inning when the Sox had just five hits, two from Adrian Gonzalez, who knocked in three runs against his former team with a double and single.
The Sox had a 3-0 lead after five, thanks to a run-scoring single and RBI-double from David Ortiz plus a bases-loaded double play from Jacoby Ellsbury.
But the Padres knotted things in the sixth when Orlando Hudson, fresh off the disabled list, launched a three-run homer into the Monster Seats, spoiling an otherwise impressive Red Sox debut from Andrew Miller.
Miller pitched 5 23 innings, allowing three runs while walking three and striking out six.
Matt Albers, who stranded a runner in the sixth and pitched a scoreless seventh, picked up the win.
STAR OF THE GAME: Adrian Gonzalez
Just in case the Padres forgot how good their former first baseman was, he reminded them with three hits and three RBI.
Gonzalez had a first inning single, then came up twice in the 10-run seventh, delivering a run-scoring double and then a two-run single.
HONORABLE MENTION: Andrew Miller
Miller missed out on getting the win when he gave up a three-run homer to Orlando Hudson, but there was plenty to like about his Red Sox debut.
He pitched 5 23 innings, struck out six and walked three. His fastball regularly registered in the mid-90s and he limited the damage well, particularly in the fourth when he allowed a leadoff triple to Jesus Guzman, but stranded him there.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Ernesto Frieri
The Padres' reliever Frieri faced five hitters in the seventh inning, retiring the first (Kevin Youkilis) on a flyout. He then walked two and hit two -- both with the bases loaded -- and was charged with four runs in just one-third of an inning.
TURNING POINT: When the visitor's bullpen door opener with one out in the seventh...and three walks, two hits batsman and four hits followed in the Red Sox' 10-run uprising.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox are averaging slightly more than 11 runs per game in their five interleague victories this season.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "Generally, I think it was very good...I certainly want to avoid (walks), but they didn't pile up. I was able to throw all three pitches for strikes, most of the time.'' Andrew Miller, evaluating his own command.