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V-Mart rips five hits, four RBI; BoSox outslug Birds 18-10

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BALTIMORE -- The addition of Victor Martinez to the Boston Red Sox lineup has proven to be mutually beneficial to the team and its grateful newcomer.

Martinez had a career-high tying five hits and four RBI, Josh Reddick and Rocco Baldelli homered, and the Red Sox reached season highs in runs and hits Sunday in a 18-10 rout of the Baltimore Orioles.

Eight different players had multiple hits for the Red Sox, although no one was as productive as Martinez. Obtained from Cleveland on Friday before the non-waiver trade deadline, Martinez singled in a run in the second inning, recorded two hits in a seven-run fourth, singled in the sixth and added an RBI double in the eighth.

"I'm honored to be on this side now," said Martinez, who now finds himself in the middle of a pennant race. "It's not the same when you're playing and you fall way back in the standings. Just coming over here to a team that is competing every year..."

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Martinez joined the team Saturday and was immediately inserted in the No. 3 spot behind Dustin Pedroia and ahead of Kevin Youkilis. After getting an RBI in his debut, the newcomer went wild Sunday.

"Boy, he swung the bat great. Immediate impact," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "I think you're seeing one of the better hitters in the league with some renewed excitement."

It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Red Sox, whose 23-hit attack included three apiece from Youkilis, Mike Lowell and Pedroia. Boston led 7-0 in the third inning and 14-6 in the fourth before coasting to the finish.

"The amount of runs and hits they got today speaks for itself in what the problem was," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "To say we didn't pitch well would be an understatement."

The Red Sox outscored Baltimore 28-15 in completing their first three-game sweep on the road since June 2-4 in Detroit. Youkilis went 10 for 12 with three walks in the series and reached base 13 consecutive times (10 hits, three walks) before striking out in the eighth.

Adam Jones and Ty Wigginton homered for the Orioles, now 2-11 against the Red Sox this season.

Boston starter Clay Buchholz yielded seven runs, nine hits and four walks in four-plus innings. He was replaced by Manny Delcarmen (4-2), who surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings.

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Baltimore rookie Jason Berken (1-9) was tagged for six runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 innings. Nine of the 13 batters he faced reached base.

"I think he's stuck and we have to do something to get him out of neutral," Trembley said of Berken, who has lost nine decisions in a row.

Boston set the tone in the first inning when J.D. Drew drove in three runs with a two-out double and scored on a single by Lowell. Drew left the game at that point with a tight left groin muscle.

The Red Sox made it 6-0 in the second. Martinez hit an RBI single and Brian Bass walked David Ortiz with the bases loaded to force in a run.

Boston had eight runners in scoring position before Baltimore recorded its first hit, a second-inning single by Wigginton.

Reddick led off the third with his first major league homer, and the Orioles scored six runs in their half to close to 7-6. Jones doubled in two runs, Aubrey Huff hit a run-scoring double and Wigginton hit a two-run homer off the left-field foul pole.

But any hope of a comeback vanished when Boston used a seven-run fourth to make it 14-6. Lowell started the onslaught with a two-run double, Reddick and Jed Lowrie hit RBI singles, Martinez singled in two runs and Youkilis capped the uprising with a run-scoring single.

Jones hit his 18th homer in the fifth, and Boston added two runs in the sixth, one of them on a bases-loaded walk to Youkilis from Mark Hendrickson.

Nick Markakis hit a two-run double in the sixth for Baltimore, and Brian Roberts doubled in a run in the seventh.

Baldelli, who replaced the injured Drew, homered off Jim Johnson in the ninth.

Notes

  • The top four batters in the Boston lineup went 13 for 19 and scored 11 runs.
  • Baltimore C Gregg Zaun was ejected in the fourth for arguing a third-strike call.
  • Lowell extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • Baltimore fell to 10-1 when scoring at least 10 runs.
 
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Victor Martinez supplies five of Boston's 23 hits and enjoys wrapping up the victory with Takashi Saito.  (AP)
Victor Martinez supplies five of Boston's 23 hits and enjoys wrapping up the victory with Takashi Saito. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Boston

V. Martinez
AB 6
R 1
H 5
HR 0
RBI 4
 

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Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5420202 .305
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5430103 .303
Victor Martinez, C6154002 .291
Kevin Youkilis, 1B-3B4232211 .315
David Ortiz, DH5001108 .227
J.D. Drew, RF1113000 .252
    Rocco Baldelli, RF5221004 .269
Mike Lowell, 3B5133013 .300
    Casey Kotchman, 1B1000000 .281
Josh Reddick, LF6222002 .364
Jed Lowrie, SS5121111 .143
Totals4818231773  
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (22, Meredith), J.D. Drew (22, Berken), Mike Lowell (23, Albers)
HR - Rocco Baldelli (5, Johnson), Josh Reddick (1, Bass)
RBI - Victor Martinez 4 (72), Kevin Youkilis 2 (64), David Ortiz (61), J.D. Drew 3 (43), Rocco Baldelli (17), Mike Lowell 3 (53), Josh Reddick 2 (2), Jed Lowrie (6)
2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez 2 (22), Kevin Youkilis (29), J.D. Drew 3 (18), Mike Lowell (28)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Lowrie-Pedroia-Youkilis, Pedroia-Lowrie-Youkilis, Pedroia-Lowrie-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Clay Buchholz 4977432 6.05
Manny Delcarmen (W,4-2) 1.2122210 2.98
Ramon Ramirez 1.1411010 2.36
Takashi Saito 2100000 2.97
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 76-45, Manny Delcarmen 31-16, Ramon Ramirez 36-22, Takashi Saito 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 6-1, Manny Delcarmen 2-1, Ramon Ramirez 2-1, Takashi Saito 4-2
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 23, Manny Delcarmen 7, Ramon Ramirez 8, Takashi Saito 7
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4131100 .285
Felix Pie, LF4210104 .240
Adam Jones, CF4333100 .302
Nick Markakis, RF4013101 .297
Aubrey Huff, 1B5121011 .253
Ty Wigginton, 3B5132001 .264
Luke Scott, DH4110112 .275
Gregg Zaun, C2000010 .248
    Matt Wieters, C3000004 .275
Robert Andino, SS4110121 .224
Totals3910151065  
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (37, Ramirez), Adam Jones (20, Buchholz), Nick Markakis (32, Ramirez), Aubrey Huff (22, Buchholz)
HR - Adam Jones (18, Buchholz), Ty Wigginton (8, Buchholz)
RBI - Brian Roberts (45), Adam Jones 3 (62), Nick Markakis 3 (73), Aubrey Huff (64), Ty Wigginton 2 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts (8), Nick Markakis 2 (23), Aubrey Huff (18), Ty Wigginton 2 (14)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Andino-Huff, Andino-Huff-B. Roberts
E - Gregg Zaun (5, Missed catch of throw)
Baltimore Orioles
Jason Berken (L,1-9) 1.1766200 6.93
Brian Bass 2444211 4.55
Matt Albers 0.1544100 4.24
Mark Hendrickson 2.1322200 4.92
Cla Meredith 2211020 3.83
Jim Johnson 1211001 3.28
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Berken 53-28, Brian Bass 49-27, Matt Albers 27-15, Mark Hendrickson 44-22, Cla Meredith 28-19, Jim Johnson 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Bass 1-3, Mark Hendrickson 5-1, Cla Meredith 3-1
Batters Faced - Jason Berken 13, Brian Bass 11, Matt Albers 7, Mark Hendrickson 11, Cla Meredith 8, Jim Johnson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 43115
Game Time - 3:46
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg