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Ortiz, Aviles, Cody Ross, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each hit their first home runs of the season, while Dustin Pedroia got his second.
Ryan Sweeney went 1-for-4, with a run scored. He is hitting .400, and has hit safely in his first seven games of the season.
“I think the biggest hit of the day was Salty’s homer,” Aviles said. “We’re down 4-0 and he cut the deficit in half. But in all honestly, 4-0 with this kind of offense, we know that we can score four runs, especially early in ether game like that. It’s just a matter of keep plugging away, get a run here, get a run there.”
In the first two games of the four-game series against the Rays, the Sox have scored double-digit runs while recording double-digit hits. They have scored 25 runs in their first two home games, compared to 22 total runs in six road games to start the season.
“We got a good-hitting team,” Saltalamacchia said. “We never shied away from that. We’re just trying to see a lot of pitches, trying to get back to what we’ve done well, which is see pitches and trying to put a good at-bat together. It’s a dangerous lineup.”
We saw a glimpse of this offense in the final game of the Tigers series, then they lost it in Toronto. Fenway Park was the remedy they were looking for and the offense exploded against this excellent Rays rotation. In addition to the huge offensive numbers, Sox pitching has come through on their end to give the team some breathing room. Clay Buchholz looked doomed again, but as a good pitcher does, he settled down and finished strong.
The Red Sox offense have been doing what they lacked in Detroit and Toronto and have been using the entire ballpark. In game 1, it was the bloop hits, excuse me singles, and a few good doubles that broke them out of the slump. Game 2 featured a few more fireworks, with 5 homers and 4 doubles as a team. This recent offensive show proves that the Red Sox are capable of getting hits and scoring runs in any possible fashion.
One quick stat for those nat-sayers and those who are still comparing this team to the one of 2011, the 2011 Sox didn't record their first 10+ run game until May 20.
The rest of the links:
Globe: Sox hit power button and that's two in a row | The choice for our Bambino | Power ball pays off in a big way for Sox | CSNNE: Buchholz starts slow, finds groove | Herald: Finally, Red Sox can smile | WEEI: There's a new closing song for Red Sox closer