ANDREW MILLER

A SEASON IN THE DRINK
(CHICKEN & BEER) ...
Six HRs power the Sox back into first

July 7, 2011 ... The Sox clouted six home runs as part of a 13-hit assault in tonight's 10-4 demolition of the Orioles. It was the most homers the Sox had in a game since clouting six vs. the Orioles Sept. 8, 2009, also at Fenway Park.

The Sox improved to 52-35, climbing 17 games above .500 (their largest such margin of the season), and pole-vaulted the Yankees for first place in the AL East by a half-game.

Although Andrew Miller spotted the Orioles two runs in the first, it was not going to be enough to beat the Sox, as they erupted for eight extra-base hits for the second straight game. Miller benefited from the offensive onslaught, picking up his third consecutive win in four starts since coming up from Pawtucket June 19. He allowed three runs on six hits in five innings.

Gonzalez, back in the lineup after taking Wednesday night off, hit the game's second homer, a line-drive solo shot to center in the fifth that gave the Sox a 5-3 lead. Two batters later, Orioles starter Jake Arrieta (9-6, 4.90) was sent packing after allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. Jacoby Ellsbury, who was voted an All-Star by his peers Sunday, proved once again his worthiness when he hit a two-run shot to right in the sixth that gave the Sox a 7-3 lead.

J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis singled leading off the game and Adam Jones hit a run-scoring single off Miller's glove that caromed between first and second, which caught Pedroia moving in the opposite direction to cover the bag, scoring Hardy. Baltimore DH Vladimir Guerrero grounded into a double play, enabling Markakis to score, increasing the O's lead to 2-0. After Matt Wieters drew a two-out walk, then stole second (his first career theft), Miller stranded him when he got Derrek Lee to ground out.

In the third, Miller still seemed shaky as he allowed Jones to reach on his throwing error. Jones advanced to second on the throw, then moved to third on Guerrero's ground out. But, after walking Wieters, Miller again induced Lee to ground out to end the inning.

Tonight, it took more than the Orioles were capable of mustering, especially after the Sox erupted for three homers in a decisive three-run seventh, with Ortiz leading the way with his one-out solo shot to center, followed by Josh Reddick's titanic blast to right and Jarrod Saltalamacchia's blast to the Green Monster seats for a 10-3 lead. It was the first time the Sox had homered back-to-back-to-back since Ortiz, Adrian Beltre, and J.D. Drew did it last Aug. 13 at Texas.

Before the game, the crowd of 37,981 offered a moment of silence for Dick Williams, former Sox manager of the 1967 Impossible Dream team, who died yesterday at age 82.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

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10

 

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H

E

 
 

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

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0

 

 

4

8

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BOSTON RED SOX

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W-Andrew Miller (3-0)
L-Jake Arietta (9-6)
Attendance - 37,981

 2B-Guerrero (Balt), Ortiz (Bost), Youkilis (Bost)

 HR-Pedroia (Bost), Gonzalez (Bost), Ellsbury (Bost),
 Ortiz (Bost), Reddick (Bost), Saltalamacchia (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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H

AVG

 

 

Jacoby Ellsbury cf 3 2 1 .310  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 5 1 2 .279  

 

Drew Sutton pr/2b 0 0 0 .318  

 

Adrian Gonzalez 1b 5 1 3 .351  

 

Kevin Youkilis 3b 5 0 1 .276  

 

David Ortiz dh 4 1 2 .301  

 

Josh Reddick lf 4 2 1 .377  

 

Jar Saltalamacchia c 4 1 2 .257  

 

J.D. Drew rf 3 0 0 .229  

 

Marco Scutaro ss 3 2 1 .266  

 

Yamaico Navarro ss 0 0 0 .286  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Andrew Miller 5 6 3 4 0  
  Alfredo Aceves 2 0 0 0 0  
  Scott Atchison 1 1 1 0 1  
  Bobby Jenks 1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2011 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 52 35 -

 

 

New York Yankees 51 35 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 49 39 3 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 42 47 11

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 36 49 15