Red Sox getting red-hot at right time

Red Sox getting red-hot at right time

All of a sudden, Boston's offense has shown signs of life -- and the ability to put together a big inning. And the timing couldn't be better.

Following their six-run eighth inning on Wednesday, which broke open a 2-0 game in Oakland, the Red Sox scored four in the second and three in the fifth on Friday, erasing a 7-0 deficit against Baltimore ace Jeremy Guthrie en route to a 10-8 win in the series opener.

"Every time someone asks me if I see a sign or if we're hot, it always goes the other way. After all was said and done, we hit ourselves back into the game," manager Terry Francona said, leaving room for improvement. "And then we leave the bases loaded when we had a chance to separate it a little bit."

Even with David Ortiz struggling, with three strikeouts on Friday and a .158 average, the Red Sox have scored 10 runs in their last 12 innings. They have set back-to-back season highs for runs after scoring just 29 over their first eight games.

"It'll take time," said Jason Varitek. "Obviously, everybody's not swinging the bat great yet, but some people are swinging the bat well. I think, through the process, different people will, and it will lengthen our lineup."

The length was right in the middle on Friday night, when J.D. Drew walked three times, tripled and homered while Jason Bay homered, scored twice and drove in three.

"I think most guys haven't really soaked it up yet," Bay said. "I think that's a potential season-changing win."

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 3.46 ERA)
After pitching a gem on Opening Day, Beckett had mixed results in his last start, giving up eight hits and four runs over six innings in a loss to the Angels. He threw 103 pitches in that game, 61 for strikes. This will be his 10th career start against the Orioles. In the previous nine, he is 4-2 with a 3.73 ERA. He has five walks and 15 strikeouts over his first two starts.

BAL: RHP Adam Eaton (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
Eaton was lit up for eight hits and four earned runs in his season debut, which came on an unwieldy 10 days' rest. He is taking his usual rotation turn in Boston, and he hopes to rebound from some encouraging work toward the end of his debut. He allowed all four runs in the second inning of his first start but fired two scoreless innings after that. The veteran was spent by that point, though, and was unable to pitch deeper into the game.

Tidbits
Boston's comeback on Friday night was the club's biggest in the regular season since climbing out of a seven-run hole on Sept. 11, 2007, to beat Tampa Bay, 16-10. The Sox trailed that game by seven runs in the middle of the fourth. ... Manny Delcarmen tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and hasn't allowed a run over his last 19 1/3 innings over 13 games dating back to Sept. 7. ... Bay has reached base safely in all 10 games this season

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Up next
• Sunday: Red Sox (Jon Lester, 0-2, 9.00) vs. Orioles (Koji Uehara, 2-0, 7.20), 1:35 p.m. ET
• Monday: Red Sox (Justin Masterson, 0-0, 4.50) vs. Orioles (Mark Hendrickson, 1-1, 3.00), 11:05 a.m. ET
• Tuesday: Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 1-1, 3.00) vs. Twins (Scott Baker, 0-1, 13.50), 7:10 p.m. ET

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.