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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 13, Orioles 2

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino was a one-man wrecking machine as Boston trounced the Baltimore Orioles 13-2 Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Victorino recorded a career-high seven RBIs and finished the night 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs, a double and four runs scored. He also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch. His home runs -- Nos. 10 and 11 on the season -- made for his second career multi-homer game.

Victorino’s two-run homer into the Monster seats in the third inning was the 100th round-tripper of his career. In his next at-bat, in the bottom of the fourth inning, Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen drilled Victorino with a pitch on a 0-1 fastball. In the fifth, he hit a similar shot into the Monster seats for a three-run homer off Baltimore reliever Troy Patton.

Victorino added a two-run double in the seventh inning.

Red Sox starter Felix Doubront worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed only two runs on four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. The left-hander improves to 10-6 with a 3.74 ERA. It was his first career win against the Orioles.

While Doubront did the job on the mound, his teammates provided plenty of support.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on David Ortiz’s sacrifice fly to right-center field.

After retiring six in a row to start the game, Doubront allowed back-to-back singles (one a broken-bat blooper) in the top of the third. He then hit a batter to load the bases with no outs before issuing a walk to Brian Roberts to tie the game at 1-1. Manny Machado then provided a sacrifice fly to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead.

Boston responded in the bottom of the inning. Will Middlebrooks led off with a single and scored on Victorino’s one-out, two-run homer in the Monster seats to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.

Doubront retired the side in order and his teammates responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning to gain an 8-2 advantage. Mike Napoli led off with a solo homer, while Dustin Pedroia and Jonny Gomes added two RBIs each in the uprising.

Boston added another three in the fifth on Victorino’s second homer of the night for an 11-2 lead. He added a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to give Boston a 13-2 lead.

Toeing the line: Even though he’s dealing with a left-foot injury, Napoli is still able to create some power. His homer in the fourth inning was crushed and it cleared everything over the left-center field wall and landed on a parking garage across the street. He’s 6-for-13 with a double and two home runs in his last three starts.

Heating up: Pedroia extended his hitting streak to eight games and finished the night 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a single, two RBIs and a run scored. He’s hitting .424 (14-for-33) during this streak with six doubles, a triple, four RBIs and seven runs scored.

Designated driver: With his two-run double in the fourth inning, Gomes is 8-for-16 with 14 RBIs with runners in scoring position in August.

Fenway debut: With the Red Sox holding a 13-2 lead in the top of the ninth, Red Sox manager John Farrell made a couple of defensive changes. He removed Pedroia from the game and moved Middlebrooks to second base. Xander Bogaerts played third base for his Fenway Park debut.

Up next: The Red Sox send right-hander John Lackey (8-11, 3.17 ERA) to the mound Wednesday night (7:10 p.m.) against Orioles right-hander Bud Norris (3-1, 5.53). Lackey is 12-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 21 career starts against Baltimore.