Red Sox - 052 001 15x - 14 16 0 Tigers - 000 100 0xx - 1 5 1Carl Crawford had four hits for the second day in a row (two triples among the hits today), David Ortiz had two hits and two walks and scored three times, Jacoby Ellsbury belted a three-run home run, and Aceves turned in six strong innings (6-5-1-2-6, 98).
W L PCT GB Yankees 27 21 .563 --- Red Sox 28 22 .560 --- Rays 26 23 .531 1.5 Orioles 24 24 .500 3.0 Blue Jays 24 26 .480 4.0Boston beat Cleveland 14-2 on Wednesday. The last time the Red Sox scored 14+ runs in back-to-back games was July 2-3, 1998 against the Expos (15-0) and White Sox (15-2). (Then, after being shutout 3-0 by the White Sox on July 4, the Red Sox prevailed in a July 5 slugfest 15-14 (Dario Veras???).)
We were worried a possible rainstorm might sabotage our one in-person game this year, but when we got to the park, we actually had to use sunscreen. The clouds gathered overheard soon after the first pitch, however. After four innings, with rain clearly on its way, we thought we'd beat the rush and move to seats under the overhang. And we immediately snagged two cushioned chairs with tons of leg room and a little bench in front of us, perfect for scoring pens and drinks! The steady mist/drizzle continued for a few innings, and the Sox tacked on five more runs before the tarp came out.
Josh Reddick, called up as Darnell McDonald (left quad strain) was placed on the disabled list, went 3-for-5, with 3 RBI and two runs scored. Drew Sutton hit a pair of doubles and drove in two runs.
It was the eighth time in Crawford's career he has had two triples in one game, and the first since July 2008. Today was the 31st time Crawford has collected four hits in a game, but he had never had four in consecutive games until this week.
Alfredo Aceves / Matt Scherzer
JoS in Detroit!
AL East: White Sox/Blue Jays at 7 PM.