SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Will Middlebrooks made his major league debut at second base on a day he continued to produce with his bat. That might be a message.
Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew each hit a home run, Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in two runs apiece and the Boston Red Sox beat the San Francisco Giants 12-1 on Wednesday.
"It was a good offensive day," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We had good production up and down. Will has been swinging the bat well since he's come back to us."
Middlebrooks has reached base in all 11 games since his recall from Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting safely in 10 of them. Farrell said he could be used at second in case anything ever happened to Dustin Pedroia.
In his first appearance at second at any level, Middlebrooks even turned a nifty double play on his first chance, taking the throw from Drew and making the pivot at second.
"That came out of nowhere," Middlebrooks said. "We haven't talked about it. I haven't worked out there. It was a lot of fun, though."
Felix Doubront (9-6) rebounded from a tough outing to pitch eight strong innings for the Red Sox, who have won three of five and entered play in a virtual first-place tie with Tampa Bay in the AL East. Doubront gave up one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out three.
"I spent the last four days working on throwing the ball down in the zone," Doubront said. "I was able to do that and go with my stuff. I was working fast to get the hitters to swing at my pitch."
Joaquin Arias homered among his two hits for the Giants, who have lost three of four.
Barry Zito (4-9) lasted 3 2-3 innings in his first start since July 30. He allowed six runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out three.
"We didn't play well at all," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We're having a hard time with the bats here. It's got to get better with the pitching side and the hitting side."
Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino each had three hits for Boston, with Victorino driving in a run. Ellsbury scored twice and got his league-leading 46th stolen base. Pedroia added two hits and drove in a run.
"Any time you get hits out of the top of the lineup good things can happen," Victorino said. "We just have to keep it going."