Behind David Ortiz's career-high seven RBIs, the Red Sox routed the Tigers Sunday night. (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Closing Time: David Ortiz (career-high 7 RBIs), Eduardo Rodriguez power Red Sox over Tigers

Ryan Hannable
July 26, 2015 - 7:23 pm
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After scoring just three runs in the first two games of the series and averaging 1.77 runs a game since the All-Star break, it was a matter of time before the Red Sox offense exploded. Led by David Ortiz's two home runs and career-high seven RBIs, the Red Sox beat the Tigers 11-1 Sunday night at Fenway Park. As a team, the Red Sox finished with a season-high 20 hits with every member of the starting lineup recording one. With the game tied at one in fifth, Ortiz crushed a Shane Greene offering over the Tigers bullpen for a three-run homer, giving the Sox a 4-1 lead at the time. Ortiz added another homer in the seventh, this one over the Green Monster for another three-run homer. It was his first multi-home run game of the season and 48th of his career. Ortiz finished the game 4-for-5 with seven RBIs. The seven RBIs were a career-high and he became the first Red Sox player to have seven RBIs in a game since Will Middlebrooks last September. "Big night for David, big night for us offensively overall," manager John Farrell said. "But, David was all over the baseball. Two beautiful swings on those two, three-run homers. Maybe it's somewhat fitting for Boston baseball today with Pedro's induction and then David with the seven RBIs as he climbs up higher on that list. Good to see him swing the bat like he did. "Once again, Bogey all over the baseball. Just a good night offensively." The Red Sox scored a total of four times in the fifth, three in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Mike Napoli had RBI hits in both the fifth and sixth. The first baseman has reached base in nine straight games and over his last seven games he's batting .429. The impressive offensive showing took some of the spotlight off Eduardo Rodriguez, who bounced back nicely after a tough outing last Monday against the Angels where he allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings. Rodriguez went seven innings, allowing one run on three hits, while walking just one and striking out six. He's now allowed one earned run or less in seven of his first 11 starts becoming the first left-handed in AL history to do so since at least 1918. "He stayed in command of the count the entire time," Farrell said. "Last time out early on it was clear he didn't have the command that he showed tonight, particularly with his changeup. I thought tonight he threw a number of quality changeups for some outs, for some swing and miss. The most impressive thing was when we had a long inning offensively, he came right back out and stand in command with the count. Filled the strike zone up. He was impressive." The Sox scored their first run of the game in the fourth inning on a Blake Swihart RBI double, which scored Hanley Ramirez, who had singled to open the frame. The lead didn't last long as Rodriguez allowed a leadoff homer to Nick Castellanos to open the fifth. It was crushed to dead-center field for his 10th home run of the season. Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox' win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Xander Bogaerts went 4-for-5 in the win, all singles. It was his fifth career four-hit game with four coming this season. Against the Tigers this weekend he was 8-for-14 (.571). -- Pablo Sandoval snapped an 0-for-19 skid with his single in the second inning. Overall, he went 2-for-4 in the game. -- Ramirez's single in the fourth extended his hit streak to six games. Overall he went 2-for-4 in the game and in that six-game span he's batting .364. -- Brock Holt entered the game in a mini 0-for-6 slump, but he went 2-for-3 with a run scored, although he left the game after the fifth inning with left knee tightness. He's batting .400 in his last six games against the Tigers. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Nothing. It was one of the best nights at Fenway Park all season.