The Red Sox received strong pitching from Felix Doubront and a big offensive outburst in beating the San Francisco Giants 12-1 at AT&T Park.
Boston got out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on Will Middlebrooks' eleventh home run of the year. It drove in Jarrod Saltalamacchia and continued Middlebrooks' torrid pace since being recalled from Pawtucket. In those eleven games he has fifteen hits in thirtyfour at bats with five extra base hits, five runs scored and seven runs batted in.
Boston rapped out twelve hits including seven off Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito who was knocked out of the game in the fourth inning. Jacoby Ellsbury, Victorino and Stephen Drew each had three hits; Drew's afternoon included a three-run blast to right field, his tenth home run of the year. Pedroia also had two hits.
Doubront went eight innings in earning his ninth victory of the season. He gave up just five hits and walked one while striking out three.
Red Sox fans got a bit of a surprise in the bottom of the seventh inning when Xander Bogaerts came in to play third base and Middlebrooks was moved to second base for the first time in his major league career. He turned a 6-4-3 doubleplay on a ground ball to Drew.
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