BOSTON — Facing his former team was just another game for Adrian Gonzalez. His current team’s 10-run inning was something special.
Gonzalez drove in three runs Monday night with a single and double in the big seventh inning and the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox rolled to a 14-5 victory over the struggling San Diego Padres.
“I had fun with it. I have fun out there every day,” said Gonzalez, who leads the majors with 67 RBI and a .353 batting average. “It was good to see them before the game and catch up with them, but once the game started it was all about playing the game.”
The Red Sox have been playing better than any other team the past 2½ weeks. They are 14-2 since June 3. They scored at least 10 runs for the fifth time in nine games and lead the majors with a .277 batting average.
“I don’t really know the stats,” second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “We’re just out there playing. We’re trying to win games. We know we have a great offense. We’re just trying to put it all together and we’ve been doing that the past few weeks.”
The Red Sox had only five hits in the 10-run inning. Three runs scored on two hit batsmen and a walk with the bases loaded. But the biggest play almost ended up as a double play.
Cory Luebke (1-2) had struck out six of his nine batters before the seventh.
“I felt fine,” he said. “(My) last inning the ball was coming up a little bit. No matter how many pitches you’ve been out there for, you can’t walk the leadoff hitter. I kind of started the mess.”
Jacoby Ellsbury drew that walk. Pedroia then hit a bouncer to second baseman Orlando Hudson but hustled down the line to narrowly avoid a double play. Gonzalez followed with a tie-breaking double.
“That seventh inning was all created by (Pedroia) getting to first base,” said Gonzalez, traded in the offseason for three prospects because the Padres couldn’t offer him a lucrative contract. “If he was not able to stay away from the double play and get down the line, my double doesn’t score a run. After that the guys just continued to have quality at-bat after quality at-bat.”
Matt Albers (2-3) pitched 11/3 scoreless innings to get the decision as the AL East-leading Red Sox remained 1½ games ahead of the New York Yankees.
San Diego, last in the majors with a .233 batting average, lost its season-high sixth straight game.
“Some soft hits, walks and hit by pitches,” Padres Manager Bud Black said of the 10-run inning.
“We just tried to stop the bleeding and couldn’t.”
Gonzalez’s double made it 4-3. After Kevin Youkilis flied out, the Red Sox scored nine more runs.
It was the most runs for the Red Sox in a single inning since they scored 12 in the sixth in a 13-3 win over Cleveland on May 7, 2009. The team record is 17 runs in the seventh against Detroit on June 18, 1953.
JOSH BECKETT is sick and will miss tonight’s scheduled start for the Sox.
Manager Terry Francona said Beckett will be replaced by Alfredo Aceves against San Diego.
Francona said Beckett has “intestinal turmoil” and hasn’t felt well for a few days.