History made in Red Sox's sixth
Boston scores 12 runs before out is made for AL record
BOSTON -- The Red Sox didn't just blow the Indians out with an overpowering bottom of the sixth inning on Thursday night. They also made history.
By scoring 12 runs without recording an out, the Red Sox set an American League record. They also tied a modern-day Major League record, set by the Brooklyn Dodgers on May 24, 1953, in the eighth inning of a game against the Phillies.
The previous AL record of 11 batters without an out was held by the 1925 Detroit Tigers, who did it in the sixth inning of a game against the Yankees on June 17 of that season.
"I didn't know any of that," said Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. "It just seemed like we were on a roll. We caught fire at the right time."
The Red Sox went on to a 13-3 win. Believe it or not, Boston actually trailed the Indians, 2-1, when that bottom of the sixth started.
Amazingly, a pitchers' duel turned into a half-inning of Red Sox batting practice.
"It was a good, close game," said Red Sox outfielder Rocco Baldelli. "I think both teams were playing pretty well. Both pitchers were throwing the ball well. We just put a couple of good at-bats together and we were able to score some runs. I don't know if I've ever seen anything like that before. You can't expect to have an inning like that very often. We'll take it. It was nice."
With left-hander Jeremy Sowers on the mound for the Indians, Julio Lugo innocently opened the historic frame with a single to left. Pedroia followed with a walk. Up stepped Jason Bay, who crushed an RBI double to center to tie the game. Mike Lowell drew an intentional walk, with Indians manager Eric Wedge choosing to go after Baldelli instead.
Like everything else for the Indians in that inning, the move backfired. Baldelli raked a two-run single up the middle.
"Even us in the dugout, we couldn't really believe what was happening," Baldelli said. "Someone had to make an out sometime. It couldn't go on forever. We felt good. We were having good at-bats. It doesn't work out like that every time actually. It did today."
Boston tee party
The Red Sox scored 12 runs before recording an out in the sixth inning Thursday, setting an American League record. The previous AL record of 11 runs without an out was held by the 1925 Detroit Tigers. Here's how the Red Sox did it:
|Lugo||Sowers||Single to LF|
|Bay||Sowers||RBI double to CF|
|Baldelli||Sowers||Two-run single to CF|
|Bailey||Kobayashi||Two-run double to LF|
|Green||Kobayashi||Single to 2B|
|Kottaras||Kobayashi||Two-run single to CF|
|Lugo||Kobayashi||Single to 3B|
|Pedroia||Kobayashi||Two-run single to LF|
|Bay||Herges||Three-run homer to RF|
|Lowell||Herges||Ground out to SS|
|Drew||Herges||Ground out to 2B|
J.D. Drew followed Baldelli's hit by drawing a walk.
That was all for Sowers, as Wedge brought on Masa Kobayashi. Jeff Bailey greeted the righty with a two-run double down the left-field line. Nick Green reached on an infield single to load the bases. George Kottaras ripped a two-run single up the middle.
Lugo came up for the second time in the inning and reached on an infield single. Then it was Pedroia's turn again, and he produced an RBI single to left. Kobayashi's ill-fated performance ended right there, as Wedge went to right-hander Matt Herges.
It was then that Bay punctuated the inning with a three-run homer to right. Boston's batting brigade finally let up when Lowell grounded to short.
"It was a great inning," Pedroia said. "I don't know how many guys got on base in a row, but it was a lot, it seemed like. It was good at-bat after good at-bat. It was nice, because we didn't get much going early in the game."
The 12 runs in an inning were the most scored by the Red Sox since June 27, 2003, when they had 14 in the first inning of a 25-8 romp over the Marlins.
Lowell remembers that one all too well, as he was playing third base for the Marlins.
"I remember telling Trot [Nixon] when he got to third, if Johnny Damon got his third hit in the first inning, I was going to walk off the field," said Lowell. "After he got his hit, Trot scored and he looked back, and I kind of had to swallow my pride. It's better being on this side."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.