After a close shave on Saturday afternoon, the Red Sox flexed their muscles on Sunday afternoon, and got four home runs, three from unlikely sources, as they took the interleague series from the Cincinnati Reds without much difficulty, 9-0.
Josh Beckett pitched seven solid innings in getting the win. He struggled a bit the first two innings, but he settled in after Cincinnati couldn't get to him early. Jacoby Ellsbury singled to open the game, stole two bases and scored on a Dustin Pedroia sacrifice fly. Ellsbury went deep later in the game, and was joined by Coco Crisp (second in two days), Pedroia and J.D. Drew (11th of the year).
The Red Sox were without Manny Ramirez, who was sidelined for the second straight game with a slight hamstring strain. He figures to be back tonight.
Ellsbury also set a new record for stolen bases for a Red Sox rookie with 33, having broken the old record of one Amby McConnell, who swiped 31 in 1908.
The Red Sox now head into Philadelphia, and take on the NL East-leading Phillies.
Watch out Citizens Bank Park, here comes the Red Sox Nation "Hoards!"