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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Rays Pitchers Can't Contain Surging Red Sox Offense

A quick stat for you--the Red Sox scored just 22 runs in the first 6 games they've played this season against Detroit and Toronto. The surging Sox offense has scored 25 in just the last 2 games they've played against the Rays, winning both and bringing their record to 3-5.

For a team that lost their catalyst in Jacoby Ellsbury to a Subluxed right shoulder in the first game against the Rays, the offense comes as a pleasant surprise.

In Saturdays game Clay Buchholz got the Red Sox in an early hole allowing 4 runs before they could even step to the plate but that wouldn't dampen the Sox' spirits.

Three home runs from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz spread through the first five innings allowed the Sox to break even with the Rays at 5 a piece and they were just getting started.

Mike Aviles hit a low change up over the monster seats to lead off the seventh and give him his first homer of the 2012 season. His blast would be the start of a relentless barrage of offense from the once sputtering Red Sox.

Cody Ross squared up on a pitch that ended up putting a dent in the green monster for a two run double and added a 2 run homer in the bottom of the eighth giving him 2 hits and 4 RBI in the game.

David Ortiz added to his night with a bases clearing double to left field that had Tampa Bay's Elliot Johnson eating grass in an attempt to field it.

The offense was clearly the story in the game but it wouldn't have been the case if Clay Buchholz hadn't settled down and gave his team a chance to win. Franklin Morales and Alfredo Aceves pitched a perfect eighth and ninth as well, leading to the Sox' third victory of the young season by a score of 13-5.

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