The Boston Red Sox had another late offensive explosion against the Miami Marlins, this time scoring 11 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to come out with a convincing 14-6 win at Fenway Park on Wednesday.
The big story emerging from the game is Red Sox starter David Price, who had to exit the game after being hit with a line drive on the front of his left wrist. Price allowed three runs on five hits prior to getting hit with the ball. However, it appears that Price has avoided a major injury; both he and Alex Cora expect him to pitch next time out.
Hector Velasquez made it through three innings of work, allowing two runs in an emergency relief appearance. Tyler Thornburg earned his second win of the season with three straight outs to minimize the damage in the top of the seventh.
But the bottom of the seventh frame is where the floodgates opened for the Red Sox. Down 5-3 entering the inning, the Red Sox batted around and nearly made it through the lineup a second time in their 11-run outburst. Boston officially pushed ahead of Miami with a two-run double by Mookie Betts to make it 7-5 at the time.
They plated 11 runners without a home run in the inning, instead going for seven singles, four doubles, and a pinch-hit triple for Brock Holt. J.D. Martinez also scored after an intentional walk.
The Marlins used four different pitchers in the epic bottom of the seventh. Andrew Benintendi was the only Red Sox hitter not to reach base in the inning, making all three outs by laying down a sacrifice bunt and grounding into a double play.
Boston’s explosion was reminiscent of a famous game on June 27, 2003, also against the Marlins. The Red Sox scored 14 runs on 13 hits in the first inning, going on to win 25-8.
Up Next: The Red Sox head to Chicago next to face the White Sox, starting on Thursday night. Rick Porcello (15-7, 4.18 ERA) takes on Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.85 ERA) in the series opener.
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