On an emotion-filled night when the Red Sox honored arguably the greatest power hitter in the history of the franchise, the team scrapped together enough hits to beat the Angels 9-4 at Fenway Park on Friday night.
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Xander Bogaerts (pictured) started the Boston scoring with a run-scoring double in the bottom of the first inning. Dustin Pedroia and Bogaerts each came home on wild pitches for a 3-0 lead after one.
After the Angels scored a run in the top of the fourth, Hanley Ramirez wrapped a two-run homer around the Pesky Pole in right. Two innings later, Sandy Leon would match that with a two-run shot of his own to give Boston a 7-1 lead. He plated two more with a double in the bottom of the eighth.
Rick Porcello went 6.1 innings allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out eight in earning his fourth win of the year and his first since May 23.
Boston had ten hits in the victory. Leon led with three hits. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Boagerts had two apiece.
The Red Sox retired David Ortiz's number 34 in a pre-game ceremony that featured team executives, family, friends and former teammates.
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