Recap - And the hits just keep on comin'

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

In the aftermath of the Red Sox 20-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night, it's almost hard to remember that midway through the sixth inning, Boston was clinging to a tenuous 5-4 lead in what - to that point at least - had been a back-and-forth affair.

The Red Sox ripped through four Detroit pitchers for nineteen hits including a franchise-tying eight home runs on a night when Tigers manager Jim Leyland said it seemed as if baseballs were leaving Fenway Park "like ping pong balls."

David Ortiz (pictured) paced the Sox with three hits including two home runs and a double. The two-bagger, off reliever Al Alburquerque in the bottom of the sixth inning, was the 2000th hit of Ortiz's career (read more about that here on

Boston scored in every inning but the first. Stephen Drew homered in the second to give Boston a 2-0 lead; Jacoby Ellsbury and Ortiz hit solo home runs in the third and fourth innings respectively.

Will Middlebrooks also had three hits for the Sox including a grand slam over everything in left field in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was hit so hard that the ball was still going up when it cleared Fenway air space.

Daniel Nava, Ryan Lavarnway, and Mike Napoli also went deep for Boston who took two of three from the Tigers in what very well could have been a preview of the American League Championship Series in a few weeks.

Ryan Dempster went six innings for his eighth win of the year; you could excuse John Lackey if he was wondering why the Sox can't seem to save some of those runs for his starts.

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