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Victorino homers twice, drives in 7 in Red Sox win

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:22 p.m. HST, Aug 27, 2013

BOSTON >> Shane Victorino homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 13-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Felix Doubront pitched 6 2-3 innings of four-hit ball for AL East-leading Boston.

Victorino also had a two-run double in the seventh, and Dustin Pedroia had three hits for the Red Sox.

J.J. Hardy and Danny Valencia each had two of Baltimore’s four hits. Wei-Yin Chen (7-7) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits and three walks. He struck out five and hit a batter.

Doubront (10-6) had only one bad inning, allowing the first four batters in Baltimore’s two-run third to reach. But he retired 14 of the next 16 before leaving to a standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd of 36,226.

In all, Doubront gave up two runs on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He struck out seven and has allowed three or fewer runs in 21 of 24 starts.

Victorino started the scoring in the first when he walked, took third on Pedroia’s double and scored on David Ortiz’s sacrifice fly. After Doubront allowed his only runs in the third to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead, Boston came back in the bottom half with two of their own when Will Middlebrooks singled and scored on Victorino’s two-run shot — the 100th of his career.

Mike Napoli led off the fourth with a homer to spark a five-run inning and chase Chen. Boston added three more in the fifth when Victorino registered the second multihomer game of his career.

The Red Sox started a nine game homestand after playing 16 of the previous 19 on the road. They were 4-2 on their most recent trip, to California to play the Giants and Dodgers. In all, the Red Sox will play 18 of their final 30 games at home.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Go Shane Go
on August 27,2013 | 06:01PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
From ESPN: A little beard-yanking goes to show that Shane Victorino has fit right in with the Red Sox. Those two things have proved to be true; while the Red Sox haven't needed Victorino in center, he has played a Gold Glove-caliber right field, and Baseball Info Solutions credits him with plus-20 defensive runs saved, the sixth-highest total at any position. He has been a positive clubhouse guy as expected. The surprise has been the offense and on Tuesday he had the biggest game of his career at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk, hit by pitch, two home runs, a double, four runs and seven RBIs as the Sox pounded the Orioles 13-2. That's filling up a box score in a pretty way.
on August 27,2013 | 10:22PM
Smiling wrote:
The "Flyin' Hawaiian" Gotta love it.
on August 27,2013 | 06:44PM
kiragirl wrote:
on August 27,2013 | 07:14PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Wow! A moment to remember.
on August 27,2013 | 08:02PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
What an outstanding career Shane is having. Congratulations to Shane for a huge night of hitting.
on August 27,2013 | 09:04PM
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