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

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

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.

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.