Red Sox offense breaks out in 11-1 win vs. Tigers


BOSTON - It was all about Pedro Martinez on Sunday, but his good friend David Ortiz couldn't help but steal a little of the spotlight later that night.

Ortiz led the Red Sox to victory over the Tigers by blasting two home runs and driving in a career-high seven runs en route to an 11-1 win.

Perhaps it was a bit of a tribute to his former teammate Martinez, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Ortiz credits Martinez as having one of the biggest impacts on his career since the slugger joined the Sox in 2003.

The game was tied, 1-1, when Ortiz stepped to the plate in the fifth inning with Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts on base. He took an 0-1 pitch all the way over the Tigers bullpen in right field to give the Sox a lead they wouldn't look back from.

Ortiz was part of a three-run sixth inning, too, when he singled in Jemile Weeks to give the Sox a 6-1 lead.

But it was his second home run of the night in the seventh inning that really put the icing on the cake. With Mookie Betts and Bogaerts on base, Ortiz went opposite field and put one right into the Monster seats just a few feet away from the ESPN crew, Curt Schilling included, which was calling the game from up there.

That gave the Sox an 11-1 lead and gave Ortiz seven RBI on the night, a career-high for the 39-year old.

All in all, the Sox had 20 hits on the night, the most since June 25, 2013.

It was much, much more than enough for Eduardo Rodriguez, who was in command all night.

Rodriguez made one mistake to Nick Castellanos in the fifth inning that the Tigers third baseman made him pay for by crushing into the center field bleachers.

Other than that, Rodriguez pitched seven strong innings, allowing just three hits and walk with six strikeouts. He threw 95 pitches, 66 for strikes.

Xander Bogaerts had four hits on the night, while Brock Holt, Pablo Sandoval, and Mike Napoli each had two.

Every starter for the Red Sox had at least one hit on the night.

Holt was removed from the game in the sixth inning due to left knee tightness after twisting his knee in the first inning rounding first base.





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