Adrian Gonzales of Boston showed a thorn in the side of his previous team as the first seventh-inning of baseman strike put the surging Red Sox on target for a crushing 14-5 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday.
Gonzales, who used up the former five campaigns with the Padres prior to being traded to Boston in the off-season, broke open a 3-3 tie with an RBI twice that unlocked the floodgates as the Red Sox extra 10 runs in the top of the inning.
“It’s just great at-bats,” Gonzalez informed reporters after he completed with three hits to elevate his Major League-leading batting standard to .353 “It’s just great at-bats.” He as well guides baseball in RBIs with 67.
“It’s a line-up that consistently has good at-bats, professional at-bats and you wear down a pitcher.”
Padres beginner Wade LeBlanc left the game in the fourth innings and Boston browbeaten a wobbly San Diego bullpen that walked four and strike two batters in the marathon seventh.
Padres manager Bud Black countered, “Our bullpen has been the best in baseball, top to bottom. Tonight showed that these guys aren’t invincible. Bad inning. That’s the only way you can write it.”
Boston obtained a lift on the heap from Andrew Miller with 44-28, creating his period debut prepared of injured beginner Clay Buchholz. He permitted three runs in 5 2/3 innings of the no-decision.
Matt Albers approached on to end the sixth and pitched the seventh to make the success for the red-hot Red Sox, who have succeeded 14 of their previous 16 games, and guide the American League East by 1 ½ games in spite of a 2-10 begin to the season.
Boston got an early 3-0 ahead with runs in the first, third and fourth innings although the Padres fought back and tied the game in the sixth on a three-run homer from Orlando Hudson.
Hudson ended with three strikes and Chase Headley went 4-for-5 in the failure for the Padres.