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Chone Figgins walked then stole second on the first pitch to Kotchman. On the next pitch, Kotchman connected for his 12th homer of the season. Maicer Izturis then doubled, Vladimir Guerrero singled and both scored on Hunter's 16th homer. He had two homers and five RBIs in an 11-6 win over Baltimore on Saturday.
Justin Masterson then replaced Matsuzaka and allowed the final run of the inning on a suicide squeeze by Jeff Mathis that scored Howie Kendrick.
The Red Sox squandered opportunities in the sixth, when Jacoby Ellsbury struck out with the bases loaded, and the seventh, when Ramirez grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners at first and second.
Notes: Rivera extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Hunter's reached 10. ... Matsuzaka allowed seven hits, just the second time in 18 starts he had given up more than six. He allowed seven in the other two. ... Pedroia failed to reach base for the first time in 30 games, going 0-for-5. ... Matsuzaka missed a chance to join five other Red Sox pitchers who started a season at 12-1 or better -- Roger Clemens (13-0) and Cy Young, Dick Radatz, Bob Stanley and Tim Wakefield (all 12-1).
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