Ian Kinsler and Eduardo Nunez

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Inside the 11-run seventh that catapulted the Red Sox to victory against Marlins

John Tomase
August 29, 2018 - 11:09 pm

The outburst felt familiar.

A little more than 15 years ago, the Red Sox hosted the then-Florida Marlins and simply unloaded. Starter Carl Pavano failed to record an out, the first 11 Red Sox hitters reached base, and the Sox exploded for 14 runs en route to a 25-8 shellacking.

That Marlins team was really good. It would rally to win the next night on a Mike Lowell three-run homer in the ninth before ultimately winning the World Series.

This Marlins team is awful, and so it qualified as something a good deal less than surprising when the Red Sox delivered their biggest inning of the year on Wednesday night.

Trailing 5-3 in the seventh, the Red Sox sent 15 men to the plate. Every single one of them reached base every single time they batted except left fielder Andrew Benintendi, who recorded all three outs on a sacrifice bunt and double play.

Otherwise, it was mayhem. When the inning ended, the Red Sox had put up 11 runs.

"It's fun," said right fielder Mookie Betts, who snapped out of a slump with a single, double, and homer. "Hitting is contagious. Once you get a couple hits, the next guy, everybody can hit and you just pass it on back. That’s one of those innings where we did it. Everyone was just enjoying it."

The inning started innocently enough, with Eduardo Nunez singling to center. In short order, this would be anything but innocent. Ian Kinsler doubled to left to send Nunez to third before one run scored on a Blake Swihart single.

Then the floodgates opened. Jackie Bradley and Betts doubled. Pinch hitter Brock Holt delivered a one-out triple. Xander Bogaerts singled. And on and on it went.

All told, Betts, Nunez, Kinsler, Swihart and Bradley each contributed two hits during the half inning, which lasted more than 30 minutes.

"It was good at-bat, good at-bat and it was fun to watch," Cora said. "In that inning we didn’t hit the ball out of the ballpark but we ran the bases well."