- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

BOSTON (AP) - Dustin Pedroia went 4-for-6 with three run-scoring singles and David Ortiz had a two-run triple to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 12-1 win over Baltimore, completing a four-game sweep of the Orioles in the Patriots’ Day game Monday afternoon. Jason Varitek hit a solo homer and Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits to highlight Boston’s season-highs in runs and hits (15).

The win was the fifth straight for the Red Sox, who won their sixth consecutive Patriots’ Day game; and 27th in their last 33 at Fenway Park against Baltimore.

Boston led 3-1 before scoring three runs in the sixth and six in the seventh. The Orioles lost their fifth straight after a 6-2 start.

Justin Masterson (1-0), who replaced injured starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, held the Orioles to one run and four singles in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Cesar Izturis drove in Baltimore’s run with an infield hit.

The Red Sox jumped on Mark Hendrickson (1-2) for a pair of first-inning runs before Fenway was filled on a chilly morning with its 476th straight sellout. Pedroia’s RBI single made it 1-0 after Ellsbury reached for a double when his pop ticked off the glove of shortstop Izturis’ glove in shallow left. Rocco Baldelli’s groundout scored Pedroia.

Varitek’s homer into the top of the Green Monster seats, where fans were turning around at times to see the Boston Marathon’s runners make their way through Kenmore Square, made it 3-0.

Pedroia’s RBI single and Ortiz’s triple off the left-center field wall, just past a lunging attempt by center fielder Felix Pie, made it 6-1 against reliever Dennis Sarfate in the sixth.

Mike Lowell had an RBI double and RBI single to go along with run-scoring singles by Ellsbury, Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis in the seventh.

Hendrickson gave up three runs, five hits, walked three and struck out six in six innings. He’s 0-5 with an 8.05 ERA in eight career Fenway starts.

Baltimore third baseman Ryan Freel left the game in the third after getting hit in the head by Masterson’s pickoff attempt at second. He was flat on his stomach for a few minutes before being helped to his feet and aided to the dugout by a pair of Orioles’ trainers.

Red Sox left-hander Hunter Jones made his major-league debut and pitched a hitless ninth.

Baldelli left the game in the top of the fourth with a mild strained left hamstring.

Notes:@ Ortiz, hitting .170 entering the game with only one extra-base hit, was in the lineup despite facing a left-hander. “I don’t think he really wanted a day off,” manager Terry Francona said. “If he had wanted it we would have given it to him.” … RHP Matsuzaka, on the 15-day DL with a strained shoulder, will start playing catch Tuesday. … Orioles manager Dave Trembley called Monday’s morning start “a unique experience, a festive day and different,” while he sat in the dugout talking to the media just before a flyover, signifying the start of the Marathon, rocked Fenway. … Red Sox SS Julio Lugo, recovering from knee surgery during spring training, worked out in front of the medical staff and if it went well Francona said he’ll go on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket starting Tuesday. … The first pitch was 11:06 a.m.

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