'Backbreakers'

David Ortiz and Mike Lowell celebrate Lowell's homer
(Jim Davis / Globe Staff)

Sox Pile Up Two-Out Runs Again

Late bloomers | Boston 12, Chicago 8
Sox Score 11 of Their 12 Runs With Two Outs
To Cover Up a Stinker By Buchholz
Lowell Stays Red-Hot With Out-of-the-Park Shot

Over the past three days, 28 of the Red Sox’ 30 runs have scored with two outs. The runs can demoralize an opponent - "backbreakers," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. They also have allowed Boston to maintain a 1 1/2-game lead in the American League wild-card race over the idle Texas Rangers.

"I think everyone has kind of been waiting for this. It’s kind of been searching for that offensive identity all year. We've not really been consistent. We haven't had the games like this, like we kind of envisioned early on." -- Jason Bay

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

Red Sox end losing streak > Shaughnessy: Debunking myths about the 2014 Red Sox > Cherington: Everyone needs to get better

Boston Herald:

Ortiz, Red Sox bats break out to end losing streak > Buchholz still bewildered > Memory loss haunting Red Sox

ProJo:

Lester was once a good hitter, now heading toward dubious record > Travis Shaw brings hot bat to Pawtucket > Ranaudo shines > Betts not a candidate for Boston, yet

NY Post:

St. Louis lets Ozzie Smith bid Jeter goodbye > Yanks prevail in extras again > Nonsense leads off in MLB broadcasts > Beltran elbow on mend

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