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BOSTON -- A couple of slumping sluggers broke out on Patriots' Day for the Red Sox.
Dustin Pedroia went 4-for-6 with three run-scoring singles and David Ortiz had a two-run triple to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 12-1 win over Baltimore, completing a four-game sweep of the Orioles on Monday.
"I would like to be able to swing like Pedroia. He doesn't have to worry about mechanics," the big slugger Ortiz joked about the MVP second baseman who hits in front of him.
Ortiz entered the game hitting just .170 with one extra-base hit. He also doubled in the first inning on Monday to go 2-for-4 and knock his average up to .196.
"It felt good today," he said. "I've been working with my mechanics. I've been a little late with pitches, which is something I usually don't do."
Pedroia, who has also started slowly this season and entered the game hitting .235, had simple advice for Big Papi.
"He'll be all right. He swung the bat well today," he said. "It's a long year. Six hundred at-bats. The season isn't 50 at-bats."
Red Sox manager Terry Francona kept Ortiz in the lineup against a left-handed starting pitcher.
"Anytime hitters hit the ball the other way with authority something's got to be right," Francona said.
The win was the fifth straight for the Red Sox, who won their sixth consecutive Patriots' Day game; and 27th in their last 33 at Fenway Park against Baltimore.
Boston led 3-1 before scoring three runs in the sixth and six in the seventh. The Orioles lost their fifth straight after a 6-2 start.
"Well, it can turn on you in a hurry," manager Dave Trembley said.
Cesar Izturis drove in Baltimore's run with an infield hit.
"We didn't pitch well, except for yesterday," Baltimore outfielder Luke Scott said. "But at the same time, the last two days we ran into really good pitching. When we score runs, we've got to have guys hold it on the mound. When guys are struggling on the mound, we've got to pick up the slack and swing the bats."
The Red Sox jumped on Mark Hendrickson (1-2) for a pair of first-inning runs before Fenway was filled on a chilly morning with its 476th straight sellout. Pedroia's RBI single made it 1-0 and Rocco Baldelli's groundout scored Pedroia.
Varitek's homer into the Green Monster seats, where fans were turning around at times to see the Boston Marathon's runners make their way through Kenmore Square, made it 3-0.
Hendrickson gave up three runs, five hits, walked three and struck out six in six innings. He's 0-5 with an 8.05 ERA in eight career Fenway starts.
Baltimore third baseman Ryan Freel left the game in the third after getting hit in the head by Masterson's pickoff attempt at second. He was flat on his stomach for a few minutes before being helped to his feet and aided to the dugout by a pair of Orioles' trainers. Freel has missed time with concussions earlier in his career.
Trembley said that he was taken for a CT-scan, but no further information was available.
Red Sox left-hander Hunter Jones made his major-league debut and pitched a hitless ninth.
Baldelli left the game in the top of the fourth with a mild strained left hamstring.
|Struggling David Ortiz slaps a two-run triple and goes 2-for-4 to raise his average to .196. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.404|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.171|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.340|
|Aubrey Huff, DH||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.265|
|Ty Wigginton, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.244|
|Luke Scott, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.267|
|Gregg Zaun, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.118|
|Ryan Freel, 3B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.133|
|Robert Andino, PR-3B||3||1||0||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Felix Pie, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.147|
|2B - Brian Roberts (6, Lopez)|
|SH - Felix Pie (1)|
|RBI - Cesar Izturis (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Cesar Izturis (1)|
|SB - Cesar Izturis (2, 2nd base off Masterson/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Nick Markakis (1, Dropped fly)|
|Mark Hendrickson (L,1-2)||5||5||3||3||3||6||1||3.86|
|IBB - Youkilis by Mark Hendrickson|
|HBP - Green (by Radhames Liz), Ortiz (by Radhames Liz)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 103-57, Dennis Sarfate 30-18, Radhames Liz 19-9, Matt Albers 29-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 3-7, Dennis Sarfate 1-1, Radhames Liz 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 24, Dennis Sarfate 8, Radhames Liz 7, Matt Albers 8|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||6||3||3||1||0||1||0||.268|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||6||3||4||3||0||1||0||.281|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||1||2||2||0||1||1||.196|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||2||0||1||1||3||0||0||.469|
|Rocco Baldelli, RF||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||.231|
|Chris Carter, RF||2||0||0||1||0||2||4||.000|
|Jason Bay, LF||3||1||1||0||2||0||4||.293|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||5||1||2||2||0||1||4||.280|
|Gil Velazquez, PR-3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Varitek, C||5||2||2||1||0||1||4||.250|
|George Kottaras, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Nick Green, SS||4||1||0||0||0||1||1||.240|
|2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (2, Hendrickson), Dustin Pedroia (4, Hendrickson), David Ortiz (2, Hendrickson), Mike Lowell (4, Liz)|
|3B - David Ortiz (1, Sarfate)|
|HR - Jason Varitek (3, Hendrickson)|
|SF - Chris Carter (1)|
|RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (4), Dustin Pedroia 3 (5), David Ortiz 2 (6), Kevin Youkilis (10), Rocco Baldelli (1), Chris Carter (1), Mike Lowell 2 (13), Jason Varitek (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia (2), David Ortiz 2 (3), Mike Lowell (10)|
|SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (5, 3rd base off Hendrickson/Zaun)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Green-Pedroia-Youkilis, Green-Pedroia-Youkilis|
|E - Nick Green (2, Misplayed grounder), Gil Velazquez (1, Throwing)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Justin Masterson (W,1-0)||5.1||4||1||1||2||3||0||3.18|
|Manny Delcarmen (H,1)||1.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 84-56, Manny Delcarmen 25-12, Hideki Okajima 3-3, Javier Lopez 24-11, Hunter Jones 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 8-4, Manny Delcarmen 2-2, Javier Lopez 2-1, Hunter Jones 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 21, Manny Delcarmen 5, Hideki Okajima 1, Javier Lopez 5, Hunter Jones 4|
|Attendance - 37865|
|Game Time - 3:13|
|Temperature - 46|
|Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|