Red Sox hit five home runs vs. Orioles

BOSTON — With the ball repeatedly out of Fenway Park for the Red Sox on a perfect Sunday afternoon (you couldn’t find a cloud anywhere), it was easy to forget the power outage that happened just a month ago for the same team.

Instead of being powerless, the Red Sox are now mighty. That point was emphatically made when they gave up five home runs from five different players in a 12-2 romp of the Orioles.

“Yeah, it’s a lot like who we are and what we wanted to be,” said winning pitcher Nick Pivetta. “It enables us” [as pitchers] to feel less pressured.”

Bobby Dalbec got the party started in the second inning when he hit one high and deep over the Monster. Dalbec has only three home runs this season, but two have come in the last two days.

Dalbec’s production going forward would be significant because the Red Sox are a force when they get production in the lower end of the batting order.

“I just think my body is in the right place at the right time,” Dalbec said.

Just two batters after Dalbec’s two-run blast, Franchy Cordero hit a Statcast-projected 448-foot rocket into the stands in the center of left wing Bruce Zimmermann, who became the fifth pitcher in Orioles history to hit five home runs in one go. allow.

Like Dalbec, Cordero is a supporting member of the offense rather than a central figure. The homer was only his fourth in 98 career at bat against a lefty.

“I feel really good about it. I also tried to stay in the middle. I was waiting for that field, so I was happy it went over the fence,” said Cordero.

The third homer of the day — which came in the third inning — came from the most anticipated power source in Rafael Devers, who mashed his 11th homer of the season. In typical Devers fashion, it was scalded at an exit speed of 110.7 mph and for a projected distance of 434 feet.

Platoon player Christian Arroyo got on the game in the fourth by laying one over everything. And Kiké Hernández, who is starting to break out of his early season slump, completed the quintet later that inning by going deep to center left.

The Red Sox didn’t homer for the rest of the day and it didn’t matter. Five in four innings were more than enough. A five-pointer in the bottom of the eighth was the perfect ending to a satisfying and stress-free afternoon of baseball.

“The bottom end of the lineup was excellent,” said Cora. “Arroyo, Bobby, Franchy and of course the big boys did their thing. The quality of the at-bats was all the way to the end. Know what happened a few days ago [blowing an 8-2 lead]they just kept adding and pushing, and we have a shot at winning the series tomorrow. †

Buoyed by the barrage of attacks, Pivetta made his fifth strong start in a row (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 SO) after his tussle at the start of the season.

After starting the 10-19 season, the Sox have won 13 of their last 19 and nine of their last 12.

The key to the revival has undoubtedly been the transgression. All this time, the rotation has been stable. The bullpen still has problems, but they have lessened with all the skewed numbers lately.

For Boston, April’s warning track-outs are turning into undoubted taters.

From April 23-28, the Red Sox did not homer in six consecutive games, marking their longest drought since 2001.

In that first month of the season, they had just 12 home runs in 22 games.

How is May, you ask? The Sox have batted 37 home runs in 26 games.

On April 28, Cora said this:

“We’re going to hit home runs. That’ll be part of it. We’re better swinging in places in the zone. We’re not chasing as much. With that, the home runs will come.”

Those words proved prophetic.

During the first 32 games, the Red Sox never reached double digits in points scored in a game. In 16 games since May 14, they have scored 10 or more points five times.

“I think we’re swinging at the right pitch and we’re trying not to do too much with it,” Dalbec said. “We were busy as a team early on and we just missed balls and stuff that just didn’t go our way and let it wear us down a bit. Just try to be ourselves.”

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