Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis combined for three hits and five RBI as the Boston Red Sox scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 12-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on Fathers Day.
Prior to the game, the Red Sox welcomed in the Boston Bruins, who brought along a little friend - the Stanley Cup. All of the B's threw out ceremonial first pitches to the Sox, and the Red Sox played the Bruins' ceremonial goal horn and celebration song (Kernkraft 400 by Zombie Nation) each time they scored, which they did quite often.
Boston's six-run onslaught began with a fielding error from Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who committed an error that allowed Gonzalez to reach safely at first and Jacoby Ellsbury to score.
Kevin Youkilis then connected for a three-run home run, plating Dustin Pedroia and Gonzalez and giving the Sox a 4-0 lead. Ellsbury, batting for the second time in the inning, hit a ground rule double that brought David Ortiz and J.D. Drew home to put Boston up 6-0.
Milwaukee broke onto the scoreboard in the top of the second, when Nyjer Morgan belted a two-run homer to right to cut the Red Sox' lead in half.
Pedroia and Ortiz got the runs back in the fourth inning, with Pedroia hitting a solo shot to center and Ortiz grounding into a fielder's choice that brought Gonzalez home.
Pedroia hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth, scoring Josh Reddick, who was called up on Saturday in place of Carl Crawford. Marco Scutaro then blasted a two-run homer in the sixth, building Boston's lead to 11-2. Gonzalez capped off the scoring with his RBI-single to right that plated Drew Sutton in the seventh inning.
Prince Fielder hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to give the Brewers their third and final run of the game.
Tim Wakefield put in another solid outing on the mound, allowing three hits and three earned runs while striking out six in eight innings en route to his fourth win of the year. Wakefield now has 197 career wins.
Gallardo was chased from the game after three innings, allowing nine runs (five earned runs) on nine hits while notching four strikeouts.
Gonzalez will face his former team, the San Diego Padres, in a three game series at Fenway Park that beings on Monday night.
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|WP: Tim Wakefield (4 - 2)
LP: Yovani Gallardo (8 - 4)