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Red Sox 14, Padres 5: Sox Put Up Ten In Seventh, Rout Padres

The Red Sox scored 14 runs, including 10 in the seventh inning, en route to a 14-4 blowout of the San Diego Padres.

The scoring got started early for Boston, as the Sox loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning, but could only push one run across when David Ortiz singled following a 14-pitch at bat. They would score another run in the third on back-to-back hits from Kevin Youkilis in the third, but again missed out on a big chance in the fourth, again scoring just a solitary run after loading the bases with nobody out.

Meanwhile, the big attraction for Boston fans coming into the game was the Red Sox debut of Andrew Miller. Miller impressed early on, striking out the first batter of the game on three pitches, and heading into the sixth with the shutout intact and five strikeouts. It was then that he ran into trouble, however, giving up single and a walk before delivering a high-inside fastball to Orlando Hudson. The Padres' second baseman swung big, and tied the game at three-all, rocketing the ball into the Monster seats.

The tie would hold for another inning thanks to the efforts of Cory Luebke, but Adrian Gonzalez doubled high off the Monster to bring Dustin Pedroia home in the seventh, and the floodgates suddenly opened. After Kevin Youkilis flew out to left, the San Diego bullpen elected to give David Ortiz the intentional walk, gave up one of the unintentional variety to J.D. Drew, and then hit Marco Scutaro and Jason Varitek back-to-back with the bases loaded to bring in two more runs.

The Padres would give up another walk and four more two-out hits before finally closing out the inning with the score sitting at 13. The Sox would tack on another run, and both Michael Bowden and Tommy Hottovy allowed a run in their innings of work, but the game was entirely over by that point. The Sox scored 14 runs utilizing not a single long ball, with Adrian Gonzalez striking three times for three RBI against his former team.