The Red Sox secured their third straight series win and a four-game winning streak Wednesday night as they exploded for 15 runs against Ricky Nolasco and the Miami bullpen.
The game started inauspiciously for Boston, as Felix Doubront was unable to keep runs off the board in either of the first two innings. A pair of leadoff singles in the first allowed a run to come in the back door on a Giancarlo Stanton double play, and more leadoff trouble--this time a double and single--in the second led to another ground ball out leading to a run.
Meanwhile, Ricky Nolasco had retired the first five Red Sox to come to the plate. His sixth out, however, would take a while. With Nolasco having relied primarily on off-speed pitches to that point, Jarrod Saltalamacchia was able to wait on an outside splitter and reach out to hook it into right field for the first Boston baserunner. Kevin Youkilis quickly made it two by hitting a well-placed ground ball to short which forced Jose Reyes to make an ill-fated throw to second, leaving two men on for Mike Aviles. The first pitch Aviles saw was a high slider, and just like that it was 3-2, with the shortstop picking up his first homer of the month on a three-run shot into the Monster seats.
From there it was almost all Red Sox. With the bases loaded in the third, Cody Ross would double home all three baserunners, making it 6-2. The Marlins would get a pair back against a shaky Felix Doubront, but the Sox responded with six in a tremendous fourth, as David Ortiz picked up his eleventh career grand slam and Jarrod Saltalamacchia contributed the third Boston homer of the night shortly thereafter. Nolasco only stayed in to face the first four batters, resulting in three singles before Chris Hatcher came in to give up the big hits.
The game would quiet down from there, with the Sox adding another run in the fifth before John Buck and Will Middlebrooks exchanged homers in the seventh and eighth innings respectively. With Buck's a solo shot and Middlebrooks' coming with Saltalamacchia on first, the Sox built there lead to 15-5, where Mark Melancon would make sure it stayed with a 1-2-3 ninth.
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|WP: Felix Doubront (8 - 3)
LP: Ricky Nolasco (6 - 6)