The Red Sox secured another series win Sunday afternoon, shutting out the Diamondbacks 4-0 behind a dominant Felix Doubront.
It would take the Red Sox a long while to get on the board, but they certainly gave opposing pitcher Brandon McCarthy a tough time from the get go. Needing at least six pitches to get through each of his first three at bats, McCarthy ended the first with nearly 30 on his arm.
Doubront, on the other hand, was rather more efficient. Despite not quite being able to corral a chopper from Paul Goldschmidt hit back to him in his first inning of work, Doubront got his three outs in just 13 pitches, and then breezed through the next two frames with 23 more.
Felix would cruise right along through the fifth, but the same could not be said for Brandon McCarthy, who finally allowed the Red Sox on the board in the bottom of the inning. The bottom of the lineup got things started, with Stephen Drew and Brock Holt both slapping singles to right. With the hit-and-run on for Holt's single, Drew was able to move to third, scoring when Jacoby Ellsbury hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field, finally putting the Red Sox on the board. Shane Victorino, who had been batting from the right side since his second at bat (perhaps the result of crashing into the right field wall in a leaping attempt to catch a foul ball), followed with a single up the middle, and Dustin Pedroia cleaned out an inside curveball, sending it into the corner in left to make it 2-0.
Reliever Will Harris would manage to get the Diamondbacks out of the inning without any more runs coming in despite an intentional walk to David Ortiz loading the bases with just one out. But Boston's offense started right back up in the sixth, another pair of singles--Stephen Drew reprising his role with Jarrod Saltalamacchia joining in this time--starting the inning and two more base hits from Ellsbury and Victorino doubling Boston's run total.
None of that would be needed, though. While Doubront gave Red Sox fans something to worry about when he grabbed at his side in the seventh, clutching at his side in the midst of allowing the Diamondbacks to put two men on base (albeit with help from the otherwise defensively excellent Brock Holt on one of them), the southpaw recovered, striking out Wil Nieves and getting Gerardo Parra to end his night with seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits in the process.
From there, all that was left was a pair of innings for the bullpen. Matt Thornton would end up leaving the game after just one inning with an oblique injury, but Drake Britton picked up the slack behind him, and Koji Uehara--perhaps unnecessarily--finished off the shutout with a scoreless ninth.
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