The Red Sox offense finally came back alive Monday night in an 11-6 win over the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park. Boston combined for just two runs in their final two games in Chicago this weekend; the first coming in a 1-0 win Saturday thanks to a strong performance by Jon Lester and the second in a 4-1 loss on Sunday after White Sox starter John Danks kept Boston hitless for six and one-third innings.
Although Monday's starter Clay Buchholz didn't pitch as well as you would hope, the Red Sox hit four long balls to power past the Athletics. David Ortiz got things going in a four-run second inning with a solo-shot to tie the game at one apiece. Then in the third inning with Ortiz on base, Darnell McDonald hit a two-run bomb to help increase the Red Sox led to 6-1.
Boston wasn't done there however, as they scored five more in the bottom of the sixth that was started by another Ortiz solo homerun. Mike Aviles then hit a three-run homerun later in the inning to increase the Red Sox lead to ten.
Oakland starter Tommy Milone lasted only four and two-thirds innings and was charged with seven earned runs. Buchholz settled down nicely after giving up a run in the first inning, but later ran into trouble thanks to a pair of former Sox. Coco Crisp hit a two-run single and then Josh Reddick hit a three-run homerun to make the score 11-6 where it would stay for the rest of the game. It took five Boston relievers to close the door but the Red Sox were able to get their seventh win in eight games and move to .500 on the year at 11-11.
Boston was able to put up 11 runs with hitless nights from their 3-4 hitters, Adrian Gonzalez and Cody Rossand. The Sox also didn't have Kevin Youkilis who was a late scratch to the lineup due to tightness in his back.
Ortiz has been locked in to start the season and is now hitting .405 with six homeruns and has driven in 20 runs. Big Papi will try and stay hot tomorrow night in game two of the series against projected Oakland starter Jarrod Parker. Felix Doubront will get the start for Boston and will be looking for his second win on the season. His first win of the season came last Thursday in Chicago when Doubront went six innings and only gave up three earned runs in a 10-3 Red Sox victory.TL;DR
The Red Sox stayed hot on Monday night with an 11-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Athletics vs. Red Sox Boxscore
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