Sox offense gets party started
June, 14, 2012
By Matt Porter | ESPNBoston.com
Marc Serota/Getty ImagesRed Sox slugger David Ortiz connects on his 393rd career home run.MIAMI -- David Ortiz's 393rd career homer was the first he's ever hit into a nightclub.
His fourth-inning blast landed in The Clevelander, the South Beach-style club the Miami Marlins had built into the left-field concourse of their new ballpark.
After the game, Ortiz slipped on an expensive jacket and a red pair of Louis Vuitton loafers. He and his Boston Red Sox teammates were ready to party, cruising into an off day with a 10-2 win, their second in a row, and the type of offensive outburst that's been hard to find.
"We needed that," Ortiz said. "Our pitching's been stepping up. We've been facing some good pitching the last week. It's crazy how that works. We've been working on that. We've been trying."
The Red Sox's bats matched a masterful effort from Felix Doubront, who struck out nine and allowed three hits in a season-high seven innings. They backed him up with 14 hits, the most they've had since June 1, and made the game a laugher with a six-run eighth. They tagged Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco (6-5) with four runs and five Miami relievers with the rest.
Nearly everyone brought something to the show, led by Ortiz, who was 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs, including his 15th homer of the season. That tied him with Jim Edmonds for 53rd all-time. Next up is Joe Carter (396).
Boston did it all offensively. The Sox manufactured a run, helped along by a sacrifice bunt by Doubront. They got a bomb from Big Papi. They batted around in the eighth, an inning that featured two hits and two RBIs from a pinch hitter (Nick Punto) and the pounding of a highly effective reliever (Miami's Randy Choate).
"We haven't batted around in so long, and we're a good offensive team," Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "Bat around, see Nicky Punto get two hits in an inning. That's a good thing.
"We can do that again," he added.
The top of the order -- Scott Podsednik, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez and Ortiz -- were a combined 9-for-17 with 7 RBIs and 6 runs scored.
"It was big," said Punto, who had two hits in an inning for the first time in his career. "We haven't been coming up with timely hits. It was nice to see Adrian get a few knocks there, and Pedroia, and pretty much up and down the lineup guys were driving in runs."
They were soon driving out of the parking lot, looking ready for Miami's nightlife and some well-earned good times. Chicago's next.