Final Score: Boston 12, San Francisco 1
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Felix Doubront tossed eight outstanding
innings and received a wealth of offensive support as the Boston Red Sox
battered the San Francisco Giants, 12-1, to wrap up a three-game interleague
Doubront (9-6) bounced back from two straight shaky starts to limit the Giants
to a run on five hits and a walk, with the effort helping the Red Sox take two
of the set's three meetings following four losses in a five-game span.
"Everything was working," said Doubront afterward.
Boston also regained sole possession of first place in the American League
East after Tampa Bay lost to Baltimore on Wednesday night.
Stephen Drew belted a three-run homer and Will Middlebrooks had a two-run shot
for Boston, while Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each contributed two-
RBI singles to the rout. Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino collected three
hits apiece and combined to score three runs.
Making his first start since July 30, Barry Zito (4-9) lasted just 3 2/3
innings and was roughed up for six runs on seven hits.
Joaquin Arias finished 2-for-3 for San Francisco and accounted for the Giants'
lone run with a solo homer in the second inning.
Zito, inserted back in the rotation with Chad Gaudin landing on the disabled
list Tuesday, got through the first inning unscathed. He was hit hard in the
next three, however, as Boston built a comfortable 6-1 lead at the game's
Middlebrooks opened the scoring by homering to left with Saltalamacchia aboard
in the second. Arias' blast into the seats in left center during the bottom of
the frame cut San Francisco's deficit in half, but the Giants would get no
Ellsbury and Victorino stroked consecutive singles off Zito to begin the
third, and Dustin Pedroia followed with an RBI double down the left-field line
to restore the Red Sox' two-run edge. Two batters later, Gomes laced a single
that brought home both Victorino and Pedroia for a 5-1 advantage.
Zito was removed after surrendering Victorino's two-out double in the fourth
that plated Middlebrooks, who drew a leadoff walk and advanced into scoring
position on a Doubront sacrifice.
Victorino's hit dropped into shallow right field as three San Francisco
players -- first baseman Brandon Belt, second baseman Marco Scutaro and right
fielder Hunter Pence -- all watched the ball hit the ground.
"On popups, you have to communicate," said Belt. "We didn't do it that time.
Nobody said anything."
Doubront was terrific over the remainder of his stint, setting down eight
consecutive hitters after Arias' homer and yielding only three singles over
his final six innings of work.
"I was working fast and getting those hitters, making good pitches and
throwing strikes," said Doubront. "I was able to throw strikes down in the
Boston put the contest completely out of reach by tagging reliever Mike
Kickham for five runs in the seventh. Two hits, including another Pedroia
double, and a walk loaded the bases with one out in front of Saltalamacchia's
two-run single that extended the margin to 8-1. Drew then clubbed a hanging
curveball over the high wall in right to create a double-digit differential.
The Red Sox tacked on one final run in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Daniel Nava
reached on an error by Scutaro, took second on Victorino's third hit of
the game, then scored when Kickham threw the ball away after fielding a
David Ortiz started at first base for Boston but was removed after 4 1/2
innings with lower back tightness. Mike Napoli, who was out of the starting
lineup for a fifth straight game with a foot injury, replaced him ... Arias
started at third base in place of Pablo Sandoval, who sat for a second
straight day with back spasms ... Saltalamacchia ended 1-for-4 to extend his
hitting streak to nine games ... Arias' homer was his first since October 2 of
last season at the Los Angeles Dodgers ... Middlebrooks now has five homers
and 16 RBI in 19 career interleague games.
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