Sox use their bats to beat O's in Game 2, 18-9


Sox use their bats to beat O's in Game 2, 18-9

By Sean McAdam 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.

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Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen


Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

NEW YORK -- If Drew Pomeranz is going to be part of the Red Sox' postseason plans, the team will likely have a better idea about that question by Thursday afternoon.

Pomeranz, who was scratched from his final scheduled start on Thursday because of soreness in his left forearm and general concern about his 2016 workload, will throw a 30-35 pitch bullpen.

If he responds well, he could then see some relief action over the final weekend at Fenway to determine his readiness for the playoffs.

"Before we even begin to map out a potential relief appearance over the weekend,'' said John Farrell, "we've got to get through that next step.''

Pomeranz pitched well in his last start at Tropicana Field over the weekend, but has been dealing with some discomfort in his forearm.

"I've had some soreness here, late in the year,'' Pomeranz said. "I've thrown more innings than I have ever (before), so we kind of sat down and talked about the best course of action the rest of the way.''

Pomeranz described what he felt as "just some soreness, probably from never covering this time of the year. It's a spot I've never been in before. We just decided the best thing to do was not making this last start and talk about maybe sliding into the bullpen.''

The lefty is no stranger to the bullpen, having pitched there as recently as last season while with Oakland.

"I've had the benefit of doing pretty much everything (in terms of roles),'' he said. "I'm pretty comfortable in any situation. If they see me helping there, obviously, that's where I want to be. But I don't know if it's a sure thing. We'll have to see how it goes.''

Meanwhile, another sidelined starter, Steven Wright, is expected to rejoin the team in Boston Friday. Wright threw a bullpen off the mound earlier this week in Fort Myers as he attempts to come back from inflammation in his shoulder.


Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Second try at clinching A.L. East


Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Second try at clinching A.L. East

The Red Sox try again to nail down the A.L. East crown tonight, sending Clay Buchholz to the mound against the Yankees while needed just one victory -- or one Toronto defeat -- to clinch the division.

Tonight's lineups:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt 3B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Sandy Leon C
Clay Buchholz P

Brett Gardner LF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Gary Sanchez C
Brian McCann DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Didi Gregorious SS
Mark Texeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Mason Williams RF
Bryan Mitchell P