SAN FRANCISCO -- Felix Doubront doubled down on Wednesday afternoon, tossing eight innings of one-run ball to help carry the Red Sox to a 12-1 win over the Giants in the series finale.
Doubront entered the contest having lasted just four innings in each of his previous two outings, so saving the bullpen heading into a marquee three-game set against the Dodgers was a point of pride for the 25-year-old lefty.
“During my five-day routine, I was just trying to put it in my mind -- go deep into the game and have a good game,” Doubront said. “I’m happy with that.”
The eight innings matched a career high for the southpaw, who also accomplished the feat on June 18 in Tampa Bay. This time around, Doubront said all of his stuff was effective, as he was able to record at least one strikeout with his fastball, changeup and curve.
“Everything was working,” Doubront said.
To manager John Farrell, Doubront’s offspeed stuff was most impressive. Doubront never faced more than four batters in any inning on Wednesday, recapturing the form that has made him a steady presence in the Red Sox rotation over the past two months. He’s 5-3 with a 2.80 ERA in his past 12 starts.
“I thought his curveball and his changeup were two that really slowed them down,” Farrell said. “It’s an aggressive-swinging team and he was able to carry that rhythm and that overall approach through the full eight innings of work.”
Like his coach, Doubront said he was helped out by a Giants team that was eager to swing early in the count, while he was also proud of his ability to keep the ball down in the zone. In all, he threw a career-high 114 pitches, 68 for strikes.
“I like when they’re swinging and I’m throwing strikes,” Doubront said. “We get quick outs and it makes my work easier.”
His only major blemish came in the second inning when he gave up a solo home run to Joaquin Arias, but even that cutter wasn’t a clear mistake.
“I don’t think he missed a spot all day,” said Will Middlebrooks, who supplied a two-run homer in the second. “Even the guy who got a homer, that was a good pitch.”