BOSTON — On the hottest day of the year in Boston, David Ortiz led the Red Sox to their biggest offensive attack of the season.
Ortiz continued his torrid hitting with a grand slam for one of their four homers as they set a season high in runs, beating the Miami Marlins 15-5 on Wednesday night.
The Red Sox pounded out 16 hits and won their fourth straight game and sixth in their last seven on a night when the game-time temperature was 95 degrees.
“The weather warmed up a little. Guys felt loose,” Boston manager Bobby Valentine said.
Ortiz hit his 18th homer of the season, his third in three games and fourth in six, a span in which he is 9 for 20. The grand slam in a six-run fourth inning was the 11th of his career.
“I don’t get many opportunities (with pitches) over the plate,” he said. “I just try to be patient for that one pitch they give me to hit.”
The Red Sox moved out of last place in the AL East at 35-33, passing Toronto after the Blue Jays lost 8-3 to Milwaukee.