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The Red Sox completely embarrassed the Indians in a 14-1 victory to earn the series split. In addition to the huge offensive numbers, we also witnessed Jon Lester's best outing of the season.
We'll start with Jon Lester, since he surprised everyone with a performance we are not used to in 2012. Lester started off the game with the usual trouble, giving up a couple of hits, a walk, and run as a result of a sac fly. Lester also had a 3-run lead to work with to start the game, but I'll get to that in a minute. Jon Lester only surrendered one more hit and walk over the next 5 innings. He was in rare form, just mowing down Cleveland batters making them his *****. Lester ended his 6 inning outing, giving up 3 hits, that one run in the 1st inning, 2 walks, and struck out a total of 12 batters. Yeah, 12 strikeouts. I hope this is the turn-around we have been waiting for, though it is a bit too late. On to the offense.
The Sox grabbed 3 runs in the first by way of a Dustin Pedroia double to score Crawford, then Pedey scored on a 2-run homer by Adrian...wait for it...Gonzalez. ADRIAN GONZALEZ! The Sox came out firing again in the second, as Aviles singled, followed by a pair of outs, followed by an Ellsbury single, followed by a 2-run double by Carl Crawford. Mike Aviles scored again on a Shoppach single in the 4th to give the Sox a 6-1 lead. Then the flood gates opened up in the 5th, as the Sox scored 8 times in the inning. Here is how it happened in a somewhat short version. Pedroia single, Gonzo walk, Ross single (Pedey scored), Salty single (Gonzo scored), Aviles walk, Valencia sac fly (Ross scored), Ellsbury double (Salty & Alives scored), Crawford double (Ellsbury scored), Pedey walk, Gonzo double (Crawford & Pedey scored), and that did it for the scoring plays and those leading up to them. That did it for the scoring in the game.
When it was all over, Gonzo came away with a homer and double, resulting in 4 RBI. Crawford had 3 hits and 3 RBI. Ellsbury threw in a couple of hits and a pair of RBI, and Mike Aviles joined in with a 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored.
That was a fun game to watch in such a dark time for this team.