Offensive explosion leads Red Sox to fourth straight win

The Red Sox bats exploded for a season-high 15 runs in Wednesday night’s 15-5 win over the Marlins at Fenway Park. David Ortiz led the attack with a grand slam, his 18th home run of the season. Mike Aviles, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Will Middlebrooks also homered in the win.

Felix Doubront pitched well enough to earn the win going six innings and allowing four runs on eight hits. He picked up his eighth win of the year, which ties Clay Buchholz for the most on the Red Sox staff. The team closes out its three-game series with the Marlins tonight, before welcoming the Braves to town this weekend.

Down in Pawtucket Daniel Bard was called upon to earn his first save of the season, but two wild pitches led to two runs, a blown save and eventually the PawSox falling in 11 innings. Bard hasn’t exactly impressed in Pawtucket, so it remains to be seen when he will return to Boston.

The annual NHL awards well given out Wednesday night. Patrice Bergeron was awarded the Selke Trophy, given to the leagues best defensive forward. Bergeron could have won this award in each of the past few seasons, so it is well deserved.

Here are a few links on this hot and humid morning:

Where would the Red Sox be without David Ortiz?- Rob Bradford has just how valuable David Ortiz has been to the Red Sox the past two seasons.

Grand master Papi keeps producing- Joe McDonald also looks at Ortiz and the impressive numbers he has posted of late.

Red Sox a house divided?- Sean McAdam looks at the state of the Red Sox clubhouse.

Doubront in it for the long haul- Brian MacPherson has how Felix Doubront is motivated and getting results on the field.

Red Sox first-round pick Deven Marrero: ‘This is real now–I get to start my dream’- Alex Speier has the Red Sox top pick signing his contract on Wednesday and will now start to live his dream as a member of the Red Sox organization.