Rem Dog was back in the broadcast booth, Boston was back home at Fenway, and the Red Sox got their groove back Tuesday night to maintain their lead in the A.L. East at two-and-a-half games over Baltimore and New York.
Dustin Pedroia and Daniel Nava stroked RBI singles in the first inning off Colorado Rockies starter Juan Nicasio to give Boston a quick 2-0 lead and the Red Sox welcomed color commentator Jerry Remy back to the booth after almost a month’s absence due to illness and never looked back in securing an 11-4 victory.
The win improved Boston starter Ryan Dempster to 5-8 on the season and improved the Red Sox A.L. best won-loss record to 46-33. The victory was the 13th against 10 losses in June in the toughest month of Boston’s 2013 schedule. In welcoming favorite son Remy back to the broadcast booth, Boston also improved its Inter-League record to 3-2 this season. Dempster finished the night with a pitching line of IP 6 R 2 Er 2 H 6 BB 2 K 4 PC 106. Nicasio took the loss to fall to 4-4 on the season.
All told, Boston pounded out 20 hits against Colorado pitching with every Boston starter getting at least one base rap. Jose Iglesias, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Nava and Dustin Pedroia each hit the trifecta Tuesday night with a trio of hits apiece.
Colorado, the National League team leader in runs, home runs and extra base hits, got a run back quickly in the top of the second when rookie catcher Wilin Rasario clocked Boston starter Ryan Dempster for a towering home run over the Monster to make it 2-1 Boston.
The Red Sox answered with some two-out magic in the bottom of the second. Shane Victorino, Pedroia and Ortiz hit back-to-back-to-back singles and Mike Napoli drove in his 51st run of the year to push Boston to a 5-1 advantage, and forced Colorado starter Nicasio to throw 64 pitches in just two innings.
Boston tacked on two more runs and chased Nicasio from the game on consecutive singles by Jose Iglesias, Ellsbury, Victorino and Pedroia to make it 7-1 Boston and give Dempster the kind of run support he’s been looking for in his last five outings. Dempster labored in the fourth, tossing 31 pitches and yielding a single to Michael Cuddyer who came home on Nolan Arenado’s RBI single to make the score 7-2 Boston.
The Red Sox extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth when Stephen Drew tagged Colorado reliever Adam Ottavino for a triple off the top of the Monster, and came home on a gap double to left by Iglesias to make it 8-2 Boston with a light rain falling.
Colorado scored its third run in the top of the seventh when Nolen Arenado scratched a single off Boston reliever Alex Wilson, and scored when Shane Victorino failed to glove a deep fly ball to right center off the bat off of Jonathan Herrera that resulted in a three base error and scored Arenado to make it 8-3 Boston. Wilson was relieved by Craig Breslow, who gave up an RBI single to Carlos Gonzalez to make things interesting at 8-4 Red Sox.
Boston continued to pound Colorado pitching, however, getting two runs back in the bottom of the seventh to make it 10-4 Boston. Iglesias and Ellsbury started the frame by reaching on singles. Pedroia plated Iglesias with a sac fly RBI, Pedroia’s fourth RBI of the ninth, and two batters later, Napoli drove home Ellsbury to push Boston’s run production into double digits. The Red Sox added their final run of the night to make it 11-4 with singles in the eighth by Jarrod Saltalamachia and Drew, followed by Victorino’s fielder’s choice RBI on an infield ground ball.
Craig Breslow and recently activated Pedro Beato mopped up after Wilson to secure the game by Boston’s bullpen over the eighth and ninth innings.
The Red Sox will go for the mini-sweep Wednesday afternoon in a 4:05 p.m. game. John Lackey will look for another quality start for Boston and to improve on his 4-5 record when he faces off against Colorado’s Roy Oswalt. The Red Sox will finish out the week and the month of June with a four-game home stand against A.L. East rival Toronto.
The Red Sox made three roster moves prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Rockies. Boston dispatched struggling third baseman Will Middlebrooks down to Triple A. Even factoring in a rib injury that had him on the disabled list earlier this season, Middlebrooks has barely hit his weight all season. Combined with the offensive emergence and solid glove play of Jose Iglesias in his place, it was a no-brainer for Boston. To take the roster spot of Middlebrooks, the Red Sox have activated and called up utility man Brandon Snyder. Franklin Morales went on the DL Monday following an MRI that suggested shoulder problems. Catcher David Ross continues to suffer from a second round of concussion symptoms and was moved to Boston’s 60-day DL, meaning recent call-up Ryan Lavarnway has the back-up catching job to Jarrod Saltalamachia for much of the remainder of the season.
- Pedroia Has 4 RBIs, Red Sox Beat Rockies 11-4 (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Red Sox Beat: Show of support for Dempster in rout of Rockies (tauntongazette.com)