Milestone part of career day for Victorino
BOSTON – Shane Victorino homered twice and added a two-run double. He also walked once and got on another time when hit by a pitch.
The St. Anthony High School graduate reached base safely five times in all, scored four runs and set a career high with seven RBIs as the Boston Red Sox routed the Baltimore Orioles 13-2 on Tuesday.
“I don’t think he could do much better,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell, whose top three batters had three hits apiece. “That’s why they’re at the top of the order, to have that kind of on-base (percentage) ahead of our power hitters.”
Victorino’s previous career high for RBIs was five. He had homered twice in a game on one other occasion. Tuesday’s home runs gave him 101 in his career.
Asked after the game if he thought opposing pitchers underestimated his home run-hitting ability, Victorino was quoted on Major League Baseball’s website as saying, “I don’t know,” and “I don’t pay attention to that.”
Victorino became the first Bos-ton player with four runs and seven RBIs in a game since Dwight Evans in 1988.
“He’s been playing great all year,” said teammate Dustin Pedroia.
Felix Doubront (10-6) permitted two runs over 6 2/3 innings for the American League East leaders, who extended their lead over the Tampa Bay Rays to 2 1/2 games.
Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen (7-7) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs.
“You’ve got a team playing well over there,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of the Red Sox. “That’s why they are where they are. If you make some mistakes, especially in this park, you’re going to pay for it.”