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Red Sox sweep O's for sixth straight win

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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox enter the All-Star break with a six-game winning streak after starting the season with six consecutive losses.

Quite a turnaround, but not a surprising one for manager Terry Francona.

"I think we are where we deserve to be," he said after Sunday's 8-6 win over the skidding Baltimore Orioles.

The AL East-leading Red Sox completed a four-game sweep and stayed one game ahead of the Yankees, who beat Tampa Bay 1-0 on Sunday. It's the sixth time in seven seasons that Boston has led the division at the All-Star break.

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The Red Sox have the second-best record and the best batting average in baseball. They're hitting .278 after pounding out 13 hits against Baltimore, including homers by Marco Scutaro, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis in the second inning.

The Red Sox had 48 hits in the series.

"Hitting is contagious," said Jason Varitek, who had two doubles Sunday. "It gets the ball rolling."

Baltimore has lost seven straight and 12 of 13.

"The break is a good thing, obviously," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Hopefully, guys get as far away as possible from it and come back and play these last 74 games like we have at times this year and get back to playing good baseball."

Francona and Showalter were ejected after pitches hit or came close to their batters. Boston starter Kyle Weiland also was tossed in his major league debut.

The series, marred by a bench-clearing fracas on Friday night after David Ortiz was nearly hit by two pitches before popping out, had more tight pitches on Sunday. Baltimore's Mark Reynolds was plunked in the third and Youkilis was hit by a changeup from Jeremy Guthrie (3-12) in the fourth.

"Obviously on a changeup he wasn't trying to hit Youkilis," Weiland said. "I think just with everything that's happened they jumped to the warnings."

Francona and Weiland were ejected after the right-hander hit Guerrero with no outs in the fifth. Then Showalter and Mike Gonzalez were tossed when the reliever threw a pitch that nearly hit Ortiz in the bottom of the inning.

"I'd have thrown [Gonzalez] out of the game, too," Showalter said.

Asked if he was throwing at Ortiz, Gonzalez said: "The series was frustrating the whole way. It was what it was."

Boston also had three homers in an inning in Thursday's 10-4 series-opening win, with Ortiz, Josh Reddick and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hitting solo shots in consecutive at-bats.

"They're in first place in our division and you can see why. They're real deep," Showalter said.

Alfredo Aceves (4-1) pitched three perfect innings after Weiland left, and Jonathan Papelbon got his 20th save in 21 opportunities.

All but one of the Orioles' eight hits came in a six-run second that gave them a 6-2 lead. The Red Sox tied it in the bottom half on Scutaro's fourth homer of the year, Pedroia's 11th and Youkilis' 13th, a two-run drive.

Guthrie then replaced Mitch Atkins and retired Ortiz to end the inning. But Guthrie walked Ortiz with the bases loaded in the fifth, forcing in the go-ahead run.

Jacoby Ellsbury added an RBI single in the seventh, making it 8-6 Boston.

The Red Sox grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first. Ortiz had an RBI single and Reddick drove in Adrian Gonzalez with a sacrifice fly.

Weiland retired the side in order in the first, then struggled in the second. Derrek Lee hit a tying two-run shot for his ninth homer, and Robert Andino, Nick Markakis and Adam Jones each had an RBI single.

Notes

  • Boston LHP Jon Lester was added to the AL All-Star team in place of Seattle LHP Felix Hernandez, who was ineligible because he pitched on Sunday. Lester, on the disabled list with a strained back muscle, then was replaced by Toronto LHP Ricky Romero.
  • Andre Agassi attended the game with wife Steffi Graf. Agassi was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., on Saturday. Graf also is a member.
  • Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
 
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Kevin Youkilis cracks a home run in the second, the third Boston player to homer in the inning. (Getty Images)
Kevin Youkilis cracks a home run in the second, the third Boston player to homer in the inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Pedroia
AB 5
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Baltimore

D. Lee
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.J. Hardy, SS4000101 .278
Nick Markakis, RF5111021 .292
Adam Jones, CF4021000 .285
Vladimir Guerrero, DH2011000 .279
   a- Felix Pie, PH-DH1000010 .223
Matt Wieters, C3100114 .264
Derrek Lee, 1B4112032 .235
Mark Reynolds, 3B1110000 .227
    Blake Davis, 2B2000002 .259
Nolan Reimold, LF4110021 .257
Robert Andino, 2B-3B3111100 .263
Totals3368639  
a-struck out for Guerrero in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mark Reynolds (16, Weiland)
3B - Adam Jones (2, Weiland)
HR - Derrek Lee (9, Weiland)
RBI - Nick Markakis (36), Adam Jones (49), Vladimir Guerrero (31), Derrek Lee 2 (28), Robert Andino (7)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis (17), Adam Jones (19), Vladimir Guerrero (14)
CS - Robert Andino (2, 2nd base by Weiland/Varitek)
Team LOB - 5
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mitch Atkins 1.2766103 8.22
Jeremy Guthrie (L,3-12) 3.1311240 4.18
Mike Gonzalez 0.2000020 5.46
Jason Berken 0.1000010 5.83
Jim Johnson 1311020 2.75
Koji Uehara 1000010 2.03
HBP - Youkilis (by Jeremy Guthrie)
Pitches-Strikes - Mitch Atkins 64-39, Jeremy Guthrie 73-42, Mike Gonzalez 11-7, Jason Berken 4-3, Jim Johnson 27-19, Koji Uehara 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mitch Atkins 3-2, Jeremy Guthrie 3-3, Jim Johnson 1-0, Koji Uehara 1-1
Batters Faced - Mitch Atkins 13, Jeremy Guthrie 16, Mike Gonzalez 2, Jason Berken 1, Jim Johnson 6, Koji Uehara 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4021100 .316
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5321024 .284
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4220110 .354
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4122020 .285
David Ortiz, DH4012110 .304
Josh Reddick, LF3001023 .393
Jason Varitek, C4020015 .252
J.D. Drew, RF4110001 .229
Marco Scutaro, SS4111011 .259
Totals368138310  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (19, Guthrie), Adrian Gonzalez (29, Atkins), Jason Varitek 2 (9, Guthrie, Johnson)
HR - Dustin Pedroia (11, Atkins), Kevin Youkilis (13, Atkins), Marco Scutaro (4, Atkins)
SF - Josh Reddick (3)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (49), Dustin Pedroia (44), Kevin Youkilis 2 (63), David Ortiz 2 (55), Josh Reddick (15), Marco Scutaro (15)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (20), Dustin Pedroia (14), Kevin Youkilis 2 (28)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Youkilis-Pedroia-Gonzalez
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Weiland 4866221 13.50
Alfredo Aceves (W,4-1) 3000040 3.41
Daniel Bard (H,21) 1000010 2.05
Jonathan Papelbon (S,20) 1000120 3.93
HBP - Reynolds (by Kyle Weiland), Guerrero (by Kyle Weiland)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Weiland 78-42, Alfredo Aceves 41-28, Daniel Bard 9-6, Jonathan Papelbon 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Weiland 5-3, Alfredo Aceves 3-2, Daniel Bard 2-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Weiland 22, Alfredo Aceves 9, Daniel Bard 3, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37688
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Jeff Nelson