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.

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

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The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

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