MIAMI — David Ortiz was pleasantly surprised to learn he hit his latest home run into the nightclub beyond the left-field fence at Marlins Park.
“I did? Is that a club out there?” Ortiz said. “Let’s go there now then.”
The Boston Red Sox and their slugging first baseman were in a mood to celebrate Wednesday night after beating the Miami Marlins 10-2.
Felix Doubront allowed only three hits while pitching a career-high seven innings, and the offense broke loose with 14 hits.
“We need to score some runs,” Ortiz said. “We’ve been a little short doing that. We needed that.”
Ortiz hit his 15th homer and drove in three runs. Adrian Gonzalez hit a pair of RBI singles, and Scott Podsednik scored twice, drove in a run and had two hits to hike his average to .373.
Doubront (7-3), coming off the worst start of his career, retired 16 in a row and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He struck out nine and allowed two runs.
The left-hander hadn’t pitched more than 6 1/3 innings in his 15 previous career starts.
“Felix Dubront was outstanding,” manager Bobby Valentine said. “He had all of his arsenal. He had an explosive fastball. He threw his curveball for strikes early and late. He had a good changeup and a cutter. Boy, that’s good pitching.”