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Monday, June 16, 2008

Red Sox play long ball - smash 4 homers in 9-0 drubbing

June 14, 2008. Cincinnati, OH. The Red Sox pounded out four home runs as they beat the sinking Cincinnati Reds 9-0. J.D. Drew socked his 7th homer during the month of June to continue his torrid hitting. Cocoa Crisp homerd and drove in 4 runs. Jacoby Ellsbury homered and stole two more bases. Dustin Pedroia also homered, making it four round-trippers, the most they have slugged in a game this year. Drew has been Boston's mainstay in June, batting .447 with seven homers and 16 RBIs.

Manny Ramirez sat out a second straight game with a sore right hamstring, and Big Papi was in Boston taking care of a sore wrist. The Sox have now won 12 in its last 16 games. "Those guys make us better, no doubt," Crisp said. "Without them, we were still able to put up some runs. It shows we're a good team without our two superstars."

Ellsbury opened the game with a single, stole second and third, and scored on Pedroia's sacrifice fly. Ellsbury's 33 steals are a club rookie record, two better than Amby McConnell's mark from 1908. Cleveland's Kenny Lofton stole 66 bases in 1992 for the American League record by a rookie and that mark appears to be in jeopardy. The Sox have never had a baserunner like Ellsbury. The major league record for steals by a rookie is 110, set by the Cardinals' Vince Coleman in 1985.

"It's pretty neat to do something that hasn't been done in Red Sox history for 100 years," Ellsbury said. "Still, it's all about getting momentum in the game. I wouldn't say it's deflating to steal second and third then score, but it does establish momentum with Josh on the mound."

Boston took two of three in a city that holds nothing but bad memories for its fans. The Red Sox lost two of three in Cincinnati during the 1975 World Series, which the Big Red Machine finished off in Game 7 at Fenway Park.

Josh Beckett (7-4) turned the big lead into his first career victory over the Reds, who hit him hard the two times he faced them with Florida. Beckett allowed six hits -- three by Joey Vottoo -- in seven innings.


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