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Red Sox put up 12 in 6th


Red Sox put up 12 in 6th
rchimelis@repub.com

BOSTON - Summing up the work of the Boston offense in the sixth in- ning of Thursday's 13-3 blowout over Cleveland, Terry Francona chose to indulge in a little understatement.

"You don't see that too often," the Red Sox manager said.

Try twice in more than a century.

By scoring 12 runs before recording an out in the sixth, the Red Sox tied Baseball's modern, post-1900 record, and shattered the American League mark that had lasted 84 years.

The Brooklyn Dodgers scored 12 before an out in the eighth inning of a 16-2 rout over the Philadelphia Phillies on May 24, 1953. The AL record had been 11, set by Detroit against the New York Yankees on June 17, 1925.

Not bad, for a Red Sox lineup thrown together minutes before the game. Already missing Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury to injuries, the Red Sox learned that David Ortiz' neck had stiffened during batting practice.

"We were scrambling a little bit. Millsie (bench coach Brad Mills) got a hold of Julio Lugo, and I had a couple of guys," Francona said.

Initially marked in at shortstop, Lugo became the designated hitter. He went 3 for 5 with three runs, and had two hits in the sixth.

Since returning from knee surgery 10 days ago, Lugo has been eased back into the lineup.

"I'm getting there, day by day," Lugo said.

Cleveland left-hander Jeremy Sowers took a 2-1 lead into the sixth. Six batters later, he left with a 4-2 deficit and the bases loaded.

Reliever Masa Kobayashi allowed hits to all five men he faced. When he left, it was 10-2.

In came Matt Herges, who served up Jason Bay's three-run homer. Only then did Boston finally, mercifully, start making outs.

"It kind of gets in the back of your mind that you don't want to make the first out," said first baseman Jeff Bailey, who went 2 for 4 and lifted his average 67 points to .167.

"You don't want to go below .100. But that sixth inning was obviously impressive, especially with a makeshift lineup," said Bailey, who had a double in the sixth.

Bay drove in four runs in the inning, with a double and the home run. By the time the sixth was over, there was no need to bring back Tim Wakefield, who improved to 4-1.

"Tim has been great, throwing strikes and going deep into games," said catcher George Kottaras, who had one of Boston's nine sixth-inning hits, a two-run single.

"We're not going to give away any at-bats," Kottaras said.

The 12-run inning was Boston's biggest since June 27, 2003, when they scored 14 in the first inning of a 25-8 laugher over Florida. The Marlins' third baseman that night was Mike Lowell, who made the first out of the sixth inning Thursday - as the 13th batter of the inning.

Rocco Baldelli came off the disabled list before the game, made a spectacular catch in centerfield, and broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run single in the sixth.

Red Sox 13

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Added: May 10, 2009

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