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In an old-fashioned Coors Field slugfest, the Red Sox belted three homers among their 16 hits, pounding the Colorado Rockies 15-5, and moving a step closer to clinching the best record in the American League.
Will Middlebrooks smoked two homers -- a three-run homer in the fifth and a grand slam in the eighth -- giving him seven RBI. Shane Victorino added a three-run homer of his own while Jarrod Saltalamacchia collected four hits and had two RBI.
David Ortiz, meanwhile, reached the 100-RBI mark for the seventh time in his career with a two-run double in the first inning.
The game was also the last home game for Colorado first baseman Todd Helton, who was honored with a pr-game ceremony. Helton homered in the first inning and later added a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring double in his final Coors Field appearance after 17 seasons.
FIrst, hats off to Todd Helton who deserved every bit of the ovation he received last night. One of the most underrated players in baseball and was the face of that franchise once Larry Walker and the rest of the Blake Street Bombers left Colorado. I don't know if he'll make the Hall of Fame but he could get a push since he came through the steroid era without being branded as a cheater.
Now for the Sox. Man oh man did the bats wake up. Having Jacoby Ellsbury back at the top of the order was a welcoming sight. It also put Shane Victorino back in the two spot and he went 3-for-5 including the aforementioned three-run homer in the fourth.
Even Middlebrooks who was in a bit of a funk went off. I swear he always has one of these monster games in between his funks to balance out his numbers. He's now third on the team with 17 homers in just 91 games. If he's able to stay consistent, like he has for a majority of his return from Pawtucket, he could be a 30-homer, 100 RBI guy.
The Sox are now two games up on Oakland for the best record and are heading to Baltimore to finish the regular season. Things keeps on looking better for the Sox.
Rest of the Links: Globe: Middlebrooks powers Sox to win | Rockies salute Helton, as does Peavy | Herald: Sox rip Rockies, seize 2-game lead for top AL spot | Salty in driver's seat | Ortiz not slowing down | Grand night for improving Middlebrooks | CSNNE: Pouring it on at Coors | Short but successful return for Jacoby | Ortiz reaction to 7th RBI season? Vindication | WEEI: Unmatched lineup | Ellsbury returns, Sox erupt in win vs. Rockies