Travis Shaw's two home runs paced the Red Sox offense has they had a season-high 21 hits and season-high 15 runs in their blowout win. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox offense catches fire in rout of Mariners

Ryan Hannable
August 14, 2015 - 6:43 pm
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After averaging 5.9 runs a game during their last homestand, the Red Sox offense picked up where they left off -- and then some. Led by the middle of their order, the Red Sox rolled to a 15-1 win over the Mariners. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and the 15 runs were a season-high. The Red Sox scored early and often, led by a six-run third inning to take a 9-1 lead at the time. Rusney Castillo hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Travis Shaw hit a two-run home run in the third inning as the two big hits to get things started. Shaw would later add a solo homer to lead off the eighth for his second multi-homer game of the season -- his last coming August 1. Brock Holt had a two-run triple in the third plating the eighth and ninth runs, while Mookie Betts added an RBI triple in the fifth. As a team they had 11 extra-base hits and 21 hits overall, which are also a season-high. Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits and has now hit safely in four straight games. Pablo Sandoval also had a three-hit night, including two doubles. Red Sox starter Joe Kelly struggled early on, allowing a run while throwing 31 pitches in the first inning, but settled down nicely and even made it through six innings. The right-hander went six innings allowing one run on four hits, while walking two and striking out six. He's now won three games in a row for the first time since the very end of last season. Craig Breslow tossed a scoreless seventh and eighth before Jean Machi threw a scoreless ninth. Betts also made a tremendous leaping catch against the Green Monster in left-center to end the third inning robbing Robinson Cano of extra bases. Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox' win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Castillo went 2-for-3 in the game. Since being called up on July 27, he's .268. He did leave the game prior to the top of the fifth after fouling a pitch off his left foot. -- Ortiz continued to swing a hot bat following a monster road trip. After going 2-for-4 he now has a six-game hit streak where he's hitting .522. -- Shaw went 3-for-5 and is now batting .571 at Fenway Park this year. -- The Red Sox had nine players with multiple hits, their most in a game since May 28, 2005. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Besides the horrible John Farrell news earlier in the afternoon, nothing.

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