BOSTON (Ticker) -- The
Boston Red Sox
have rediscovered their offense.
belted his sixth career grand slam to cap a seven-run seventh inning as the
extended their winning streak to five games with a 10-4 victory over the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Baseball's top-hitting team, the
managed just three runs during a three-game losing streak. But they have rebounded from the short skid to score 45 runs in their last five contests.
Nixon helped the
reach double digits in runs for the 16th time this season with his blast off
with two outs in the seventh, giving Boston a 10-4 advantage. He also hit a solo homer in the third and matched a career high with five RBI.
"We have a good offense, we have scored a lot of runs this year," Nixon said. "It's good to be a good position player and be able to go out and score runs like this.
"You see a lot of runs being scored and a lot of the wealth is being passed around. Not many guys have fallen in that category where they can't get a hit here and there. When one guy goes down, we have other guys that go in there and continue."
(7-5), who surrendered a pair of solo homers in the seventh, picked up the win. The knuckleballer gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out five.
"It was one of those days where the offense did a great job and I just tried to keep us in the game as long as I could," Wakefield said. "It's unfortunate I gave up those two homers in the seventh, but it shows the resilience of our offense, they came back and put a seven spot on the board."
Tampa Bay manager
called on his bullpen to protect the lead, but the
erupted for seven rus in the bottom of the inning. It marked the seventh time this season that the
have scored at least seven runs in an inning.
reached on an infield single to start the frame and Damon sent a 2-0 pitch around the Pesky Pole in right field for his eighth homer, giving the
kept things going with a double and, after
was walked intentionally. Levine relieved Harper and Ortiz greeted him with an RBI double off the left field wall to make it 6-4.
walked and Nixon followed by sending an 0-1 pitch over the center field wall, completing his fifth career multi-homer game and giving the
a 10-4 advantage.
"I haven't been happy with my performance with the bases loaded at all," Nixon said. "The pressure is on the pitcher in those situations and sometimes you win them and sometimes you lose them."
The ineffective outings by Harper and Levine, spoiled starter
's bid for his fifth win. The righthander gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings, walking three and striking out five.
"The wind was blowing out today," Piniella said. "If (Johnny) Damon's ball was fair, the wind kept it fair. And then it ate anything that was hit in the air the other way. But (the wind) helped us, too."
Nixon hit his first homer of the contest to start the third before the
tied the game in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Lee.
Mueller gave the
the lead in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double and Walker tripled in a run in the fifth, extending the lead to 3-1.
lofted a sacrifice fly in the sixth for Tampa Bay, which fell to 3-8 against Boston this season.