The Red Sox picked up six home runs, including back-to-back-to-back jacks from David Ortiz, Josh Reddick, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia as they dealt the Orioles a 10-4 beating, taking first place back from the Yankees in the process.
The Sox once again found themselves behind early as Andrew Miller suffered through the worst start of his year so far, giving up three straight singles to give the Orioles an early 1-0 lead. They would double that when Vladimir Guerrero grounded into a double play, letting the second run score in the back door.
For the first two innings, it seemed the Sox were determined to let Orioles starter Jake Arrieta off the hook for some poor pitching. Jacoby Ellsbury ruined a first-and-second situation with one out by running into the second out at third, and David Ortiz was stranded at third after leading off an inning with a double.
Arrieta’s grace period ended in the third inning. After allowing walks to Marco Scutaro and Jacoby Ellsbury, Arrieta fell behind 3-0 to Dustin Pedroia before delivering the first strike down the middle. Pedroia was taking that pitch all the way, but he wasn’t taking the next, turning on a high-and-inside fastball and sending it into the monster seats for a 3-2 lead.
From there, the floodgates were open. The Sox would score in each of the next four innings. Their fourth run came innocently enough on a ground out, but their fifth was another bomb—this time from Adrian Gonzalez to center. In fact, all the rest of their runs would come from the long ball. A two-run shot to right from Ellsbury made it 7-3.
The real show came in the seventh, though. With Pedro Viola on the mound, the middle-of-the-order went nuts. First David Ortiz went deep to center, then Josh Reddick took the lefty deep to right, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia finished by launching one into the Monster seats. Alfredo Aceves, Scott Atchison, and Bobby Jenks finished out the game in place of the shaky Miller, and the Sox went home back in first place.