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Doubront had one of his best starts of the season as he only allowed five hits and two walks while holding the Mariners to only one run through seven innings. The lefty mixed up his pitches well, and used four different pitches as the payoff pitch in his six strikeouts.
Doubront continues to pitch well as of late, as he has not allowed more than three runs in his past five starts and has dropped his ERA to 3.91, which is the first time it has been below 4.00 this season.
With an opposite-field double in the second inning, David Ortiz recorded his 1689th hit of his career — passing Harold Baines for the most all-time hits by a designated hitter. The 37-year-old was not done on the night, as he drilled a two-run home run deep to right field in the third inning to give the Red Sox a four-run lead. He drove in three runs on the night.
WEEI: Doubront, Ortiz leads Sox to rout of M's
Doubront was filthy last night, giving up just one run in seven innings of work. It's the type of effort we were hoping that we'd see Jon Lester revert to but that hasn't been the case. In fact, ever since Doubront returned from his bullpen demotion, he's been on the rise while Lester has been free falling.
Since then, Doubront hasn't given up more than three runs and has posted a 2.70 ERA in that stretch. Doubront also has been able to go deep into games, as he's pitched past the sixth inning in four of his last five starts. As for Lester, he's given up three or more runs in nine of his last ten starts. His ERA is a putrid 6.49. It's seemingly impossible to have these two lefties perform well at the same time.
Meanwhile, David Ortiz made history last night, becoming the DH hit king with a double in the second inning. He's been on fire in July, batting .438 for the month. He also hit his second home run in as many days. Papi just makes it look easy.
Rest of the Links: Globe: Big night for Ortiz | Farrell raves about Doubront | Roster roulette continues | Herald: Doubront shines as Sox rout Mariners | Ortiz firmly in Sox' high five | Ellsbury shines in return to the lineup | Bailey cuts back | CSNNE: Smooth sailing | Ortiz makes history | Workman 'obviously excited' in MLB debut | WEEI: A new fearsome twosome | Ortiz: "Manny a different person"