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Sox Prevail in Slugfest Over O’s 15-10

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Dustin Pedroia doubled in two runs to spark an eight-run eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox got home runs from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Josh Reddick in a 15-10 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Darnell McDonald had three RBIs apiece for the Red Sox, who have won 13 of 15. The run includes a 16-inning affair against Tampa Bay on Sunday night in which Boston mustered only five hits.

Showing very little signs of fatigue, the Red Sox banged out 16 hits in rolling to their seventh straight victory over the Orioles. Boston has outscored Baltimore 61-32 during that span.

It was the first meeting between the teams since the Red Sox recorded a heated four-game sweep at Fenway Park immediately before the All-Star break.

Boston designated hitter David Ortiz and Orioles closer Kevin Gregg began serving three-game suspensions for their part in a bench-clearing incident during that series. Both players were initially suspended for four games before appealing the punishment.

The Red Sox didn’t miss Ortiz. Boston fell one run short of matching its season high and had six players with at least two hits, including Pedroia, whose 16-game hitting streak is one short of his career high.

After Boston loaded the bases in the eighth, Pedroia hit a tiebreaking two-run double off Mike Gonzalez (1-2) to make it 9-7. Youkilis added a two-run single, Carl Crawford singled in a run and McDonald capped the uprising with a three-run double.

Baltimore scored three runs in the bottom half. It was the first time since Aug. 2, 2009, that the Orioles lost when reaching double figures in runs; that defeat was to Boston 18-10.

J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones homered for the Orioles, who have lost 10 of 12.

Dan Wheeler (2-1) got the win with 2 1-3 innings of no-hit relief for starter Tim Wakefield.

Wakefield gave up seven runs, three earned, and nine hits in 4
2-3 innings.

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