In the game of baseball, a lot can change in a single day — that’s the beauty of it. For the Boston Red Sox, some added separation in the American League East was what was at stake heading into Tuesday night’s contest with the Baltimore Orioles.
As the Red Sox look to continuing proving their worth as a legitimate World Series contender here in 2013, a crucial, late August series with the Orioles is ample opportunity for Boston to make a move on a divisional opponent that they have to face more than any other team down the remaining stretch of the regular season. Long story short, momentum is key.
Well, with the bats rolling and Shane Victorino providing one of the top offensive evenings that Boston fans have seen in a number of years, the Red Sox were able to push the Orioles back another game, while also taking advantage of a Tampa Bay Rays‘ defeat in the process.
Victorino’s seven RBIs on Tuesday night were the most in a single game since J.D. Drew in 2007 and it fueled a Boston attack that scored 13 runs for starting pitcher Felix Doubront. With the victory, Boston moved 2.5 games above Tampa Bay in the standings and in fact, the only team that managed to stay put on Tuesday night was the New York Yankees, who remain 7.5 games back in the AL East.
The race for the division is going to be fun down the stretch, but the goal for Boston in the remaining two games of this series with Baltimore is to keep the pressure up, not just the Orioles, but their other divisional rivals, as well.