Red Sox coast to second straight blowout win

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Red Sox coast to second straight blowout win

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

DETROIT Another day, another Red Sox slugfest.

The Red Sox picked up in Detroit where they left off in Cleveland, jumping out to an early lead on their way to a 14-1 pounding of the Tigers Thursday in the rain-shortened first game of their four-game set.

The Sox sent eight batters to the plate in the second inning, with five scoring. They opened the inning tying their season high in consecutive hits which they also did twice on Wednesday.

David Ortiz and Carl Crawford opened the inning with singles. Drew Suttons double scored Ortiz and Josh Reddicks single scored Crawford. After Jason Varitek struck out, Jacoby Ellsburys fifth home run of the season scored Sutton and Reddick.

Alfredo Aceves gave the Sox another strong start, going six innings, giving up one run on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. In his two fill-in starts he has gone a combined 11 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and five walks with six strikeouts. He earned the win, improving to 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA.

Max Scherzer took the loss, giving up seven runs, lasting just two innings, plus three batters in the third. In three career starts against the Sox, he has allowed 14 earned runs over 13 13 innings, on 22 hits and five walks, with five strikeouts, for a 9.45 ERA.

Crawford went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI, raising his average to .244. He went 4-for-4 Wednesday, falling a triple shy of the cycle. Ironically, two of his hits Thursday were triples. It was the eighth time hes hit two triples in a game.

Reddick, called up before the game to take the roster spot of Darnell McDonald, who went on the DL with a left quadriceps strain, went 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBI.

The Sox scored another five runs in the eighth, batting around.

The game was called in the bottom of the eighth after a rain delay of 55 minutes.

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Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:

QUOTES:

* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.

NOTES:

* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.

STARS:

1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.