In the aftermath of the Red Sox 20-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night, it's almost hard to remember that midway through the sixth inning, Boston was clinging to a tenuous 5-4 lead in what - to that point at least - had been a back-and-forth affair.
The Red Sox ripped through four Detroit pitchers for nineteen hits including a franchise-tying eight home runs on a night when Tigers manager Jim Leyland said it seemed as if baseballs were leaving Fenway Park "like ping pong balls."
David Ortiz (pictured) paced the Sox with three hits including two home runs and a double. The two-bagger, off reliever Al Alburquerque in the bottom of the sixth inning, was the 2000th hit of Ortiz's career (read more about that here on RedSoxLife.com).
Boston scored in every inning but the first. Stephen Drew homered in the second to give Boston a 2-0 lead; Jacoby Ellsbury and Ortiz hit solo home runs in the third and fourth innings respectively.