The Boston Red Sox humiliated the San Francisco Giants 12-1 Wednesday afternoon to take two of three from the champs.
Giants starter Barry Zito allowed a leadoff double to center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury before getting the next three batters to conclude the inning. Zito threw 19 pitches in the first.
The Red Sox struck first in the top of the second on a two-run homer by third baseman Will Middlebrooks. The Giants got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Joaquin Arias to cut the lead to 2-1. It was his first home run of the season.
Ellsbury and right fielder Shane Victorino both singled leading off the top of the third. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia doubled home a run and left fielder Jonny Gomes singled home a pair of runs to extend the Red Sox lead to 5-1. Victorino doubled home a run in the top of the fourth to make it a 6-1 game.
The Red Sox blew this game wide open in the top of the seventh on a two-run single by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a three-run homer by shortstop Stephen Drew. The Red Sox had a commanding 11-1 lead and added another run in the top of the eighth.
The Red Sox put a whopping on the Giants, winning 12-1 to win the series. The Red Sox outscored the Giants 21-4 in the three-game series. The Giants are 21-24 in day games this season.
Zito lasted 3.2 innings in a loss (4-9), allowing seven hits, six runs, two walks, three strikeouts and threw 85 pitches. Arias led the Giants with two hits on the day.
The 56-70 Giants open up a four-game series Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jeff Locke (9-4) will take on Matt Cain (8-8). First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.
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