Pablo Sandoval hit one of three home runs off Felix Hernandez as the Red Sox rolled to their second straight rout. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Led by 4 home runs, 26 hits, Red Sox rout Felix Hernandez, Mariners

Ryan Hannable
August 15, 2015 - 12:56 pm
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Facing former Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star Felix Hernandez without Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo and Dustin Pedroia on paper seemed like a pretty daunting task, but that couldn't have been anymore wrong. The Red Sox roughed Hernandez up for 10 runs in just 2 1/3 innings, as the Red Sox rolled to a 22-10 win over the Mariners. They've now combined to score 37 in the two games so far in the series, which is roughly 45 percent of the 82 total runs they scored in May. They also finished with 26 hits, which were a season-high. It was the second straight game where they've set a season-high in hits as they had 21 Friday night. "I wish I could tell you. I wish I knew," acting manager Torey Lovullo said of the offensive outburst. "It's just a bunch of guys going up having a great approach, not missing their pitch. We're having some really, really loud contact throughout the course of this game and throughout the course of yesterday's game. Against arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball. There was no let up by us. I think our guys are very focused. They're very determined. "Let me tell you, when you get into a game in the eighth or ninth inning and you have to face a position player, usually your focus kind of goes backwards and everybody laughs and jokes. Just to shoo you where this team is at, what they feel about themselves, they go up and execute against [Mariner's catcher Jesus Sucre] in the eighth inning and didn't give away one at-bat. A lot of things happened today, that's something that I'm most proud of." After failing to score in the first inning, they scored five runs in each of the next two innings to chase Hernandez from the game. The five second inning runs were highlighted by a solo homer from Pablo Sandoval and then a two-run blast for Jackie Bradley Jr. -- both to almost the exact same spot in center field. In the third, Alejandro De Aza ripped a two-run homer to right field and they scored two more on a Brock Holt double. Hernandez's final line read: 2.1 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. It was a career-high in earned runs, tied a career-high in runs and was the third-shortest start of his career. The Red Sox batted around four times in the first four innings and added four more runs in the sixth inning when the first four batters of the inning reached, highlighted by a Bradley Jr. double. They also added four more in the seventh, once again keyed by Bradley Jr -- and another three in the eighth as Bradley Jr. hit his second homer of the day. Bradley Jr. was the biggest offense star, as he went 5-for-6 with three doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs. He now has a five-game hit streak where he's batting .591 with nine extra-base hits. It was his first career four-hit game. He's raised his average .129 in a week. Red Sox starter Wade Miley was solid, as the left-hander went seven innings allowing two runs on four hits, while walking three and striking out eight. It was his 13th quality start, which leads the Red Sox. Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- After entering the day on a mini 0-for-6 skid, Xander Bogaerts went 4-for-7. It was his major league-leading sixth four-hit game. -- Mookie Betts was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, a walk and two runs scored. He's scored at least one run in 22 of his last 35 games. -- David Ortiz finished 3-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and three RBIs. He now has a seven-game hit streak where he's batting .555. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Tommy Layne allowed Nelson Cruz's 35th home run of the year -- a two-run shot in the eighth. -- Ryan Cook also allowed a home run in the eighth -- a two-run shot to Austin Jackson -- and another in the ninth. -- Layne, Cook and Robbie Ross Jr. combined to allow eight runs in the final two innings. -- Travis Shaw went 0-for-6.

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