Victorino's 7 RBI lead Sox to 13-2 win over O's

Victorino's 7 RBI lead Sox to 13-2 win over O's
August 27, 2013, 10:15 pm
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BOSTON – The Red Sox entered Tuesday’s game against the Orioles – the start of a nine-game homestand – with 30 games left in the regular season.  Nine of those games, including the last three of the season, are against the Orioles, who entered the game in third place in the division,  5 ½ games behind the Sox, fourth in the American League wild card race, 2 ½ games back.
 
The Orioles, who entered the game leading the season series 6-4, would like nothing more than to make the postseason. If it came at the expense of the Sox, so much the better.
 
But, the Sox gave notice with Tuesday’s bashing of Baltimore at Fenway Park that won’t be so easy. The Sox pummeled the Orioles, 13-2.
 
Shane Victorino led the offense reaching base in all five plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with two home runs, a double, a walk, and getting hit by a pitch. He drove in a career-high seven runs and was one shy of a career high with four runs scored.
 
Sox 1-2-3 batters – Jacoby Ellsbury, Victorino, and Dustin Pedroia – combined to go 9-for-13 with eight runs scored, nine RBI, four doubles, and two home runs.
 
Left-hander Felix Doubront earned the win, improving to 10-6.  Except for one inning – when he threw 28 pitches, giving up two runs facing seven batters in the third – the left-hander most mostly in control. Given an 8-2 lead after the fourth, Doubront was in control. He went 6 2/3 innings, throwing 111 pitches, his fourth-highest total of the season, with 70 strikes. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 3.74. All seven strikeouts  were swinging at fastballs, including two each by Orioles 4-5-6 batters Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, and Matt Wieters.
 
Meanwhile the Sox jumped on Orioles Wei-Yin Chen, who fell to 7-7, with a 3.76 ERA. The lefty lasted just 3 2/3 innings, his shortest start of the season, giving up a season-high eight runs on eight hits, matching a season-high  two home runs, with three walks (one intentional), five strikeouts, and one hit batter. 


STAR OF THE GAME: Shane Victorino

Victorino reached base in all five plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with two home runs, a double, a walk, and getting hit by a pitch. He drove in a career-high seven runs and was one shy of a career high with four runs scored. It was the most RBI’s by a Sox batter since J.D. Drew had seven on June 8, 2007, at Arizona. It was the most by a Sox batter at Fenway since Nomar Garciaparra drove in eight on July 23, 2002, against Tampa Bay. Victorino is the first Sox batter with five runs scored and seven RBI in a game since Dwight Evans did so on Aug. 18, 1988, against the Tigers.
He leads the Sox with seven home runs in August, including five in his last seven games. He is batting .444, going 16-for-36, with nine extra-base hits (five doubles, four home runs), 11 RBI, and 11 runs in his last nine games, including six multi-hit games.
 
HONORABLE MENTION: Felix Doubront
Except for the third inning when he faced seven batters, giving up two runs, Doubront mostly cruised through his start. He went 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. The seven strikeouts were his most since recording eight on May 26 against the Indians.  Doubront improved to 10-6 with a 3.74 ERA. It was his first career win against the O’s.
 
Since May 16 Doubront has an ERA of 2.99, giving up 38 earned runs over 114 1/3 innings. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 18 of 19 starts in that span.
 
THE GOAT: Wei-Yin Chen
Chen gave up a career-high eight runs in  a career-low 3 2/3 innings, with eight hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.  It was just the third time in 17 starts this season he allowed more than three runs.   

He gave up two home runs in the game. He has allowed 12 home runs this season, six in his last three starts, spanning 17 innings.
 
THE TURNING POINT
In the third inning, Doubront  appeared to be struggling, allowing the first four batters to reach base before he could record an out – a Manny Machado sacrifice fly. But the Orioles could only muster two runs in the inning. The Sox came back with two in the bottom of the inning to take the lead, and Doubront regained his composure, shutting the O’s down the rest of the way.
 
 
BY THE NUMBERS
Sox 1-2-3 batters – Jacoby Ellsbury, Victorino, and Dustin Pedroia – combined to go 9-for-13 with eight runs scored, nine RBI, four doubles, and two home runs.
 
QUOTE OF NOTE
“I get thrilled every day I get to put on a uniform.” – Shane Victorino