BOSTON A dozen batters went to the plate. Before the Red Sox made a single out in the sixth inning, every one of them had scored.
The most productive start to a major-league inning in 56 years boosted Boston to a 13-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.
I think Mike Lowell got mad because he was the first one who made an out. It was a little funny, said Julio Lugo, who started the inning with a single. We didn t realize that there were no outs and we already had 12 runs (until) somebody made an out.
For the Indians beleaguered bullpen, it was more of the same trouble a lot more.
You ve got to have people come up from the bullpen and get people out, manager Eric Wedge said. It just can t keep happening. We ve tried everybody.
Cleveland starter Jeremy Sowers (0-1) started the inning with a 2-1 lead but faltered quickly. He allowed three walks and three hits, Masa Kobayashi gave up five hits and Matt Herges served up Jason Bay s three-run homer before retiring the next three batters.
It gets kind of crowded at the helmet rack, Jeff Bailey said. I know that everybody wants to get up there.
Boston broke the AL record of 11 runs in an inning before making an out and tied the modern major-league mark of 12. It did that without three injured regulars Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury.
They were replaced by Bailey, Lugo and Rocco Baldelli.
It was pretty sweet, especially with a makeshift squad out there, said Bailey, who was recalled from the minors on April 22.
Bay drove in four runs in the inning with his homer and a double, and Baldelli, Bailey, George Kottaras and Dustin Pedroia drove in two each. Baldelli s double broke a 2-2 tie.
You ve got to give Rocco credit, Cleveland s Ryan Garko said. That at-bat changed the game.
Tim Wakefield (4-1) allowed two runs in six innings and won his fourth straight decision.
I feel very confident. I ve been getting deep into games, Wakefield said. That s my job here as the fourth or fifth starter.
The Red Sox tied the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers for the most runs in an inning before recording an out. The Dodgers had 12 runs in the eighth inning of a 16-2 win at Philadelphia on May 24, 1953, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
The previous AL record was set by the Detroit Tigers, who scored 11 runs in the sixth inning in a 19-1 win at the New York Yankees on June 17, 1925.