BirdShot: Red Sox Run Roughshod Over Baltimore, 12-2
The very fact that this game was a blowout of the Orioles was more than enough. But the cherry on top was that it included the following fact: David Ortiz has tied Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run list (both now have 536). Let that one roll around in your head for a few minutes—it's pretty amazing. Back to the game—the Red Sox scored five times in the first inning off old buddy Wade Miley in an eventual 12-2 laugher. Pretty much the entire 617 Area Code was in on this one—but the offense was paced by Ortiz (2-3, HR, RBI), Chris Young (4-4, HR, RBI) and Hanley Ramirez (2-3, HR, 3 RBIs). Of course, there was Xander Bogaerts (2-5, RBI) and Sandy Leon (2-3, 2 RBIs). Oh, and that Dustin Pedroia fella (2-4) and, yeah, Mookie Betts (1-5, 2 RBIs). Like we said: Area Code. Did we mention that David Price, in fact, came up huge—going eight brilliant innings and giving up just two hits (both solo HRs)? The lefty struck out nine and walked none for his 16th victory of the year. This was a total team effort and kept Boston two games up on Toronto, three up on Baltimore and five up on The Evil Ones.