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Snake Bytes, 8/3: Ross and Goldy Slay Green Monster

Cody Ross and Paul Goldschmidt both homered over the Green Monster, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox in game one of the three-game set.

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"Obviously I've had this game circled on my calendar for a while," he said after the game. "I knew we were coming back here the later part of the year and I was excited to get back and see a lot of familiar faces and a lot of friends, but at the same time come back and beat them. There's some feelings there, so it definitely feels good to get this first one."

Cody Ross

"Every game I play I have a lot of nerves, but this was a little more sentimental I guess," he said. "I've been in this situation before -- going back to San Francisco and you don't want to try and do too much. You can find yourself up there trying to hit a grand slam with nobody on every time you're up there and it can work against you. I was just trying to get some good pitches to hit and not try to do too much."

Cody Ross

"Obviously he came back with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder," Lester said. "So I mean, Ross is a good guy. I wish him the best, but you know when he steps in that batter's box he's just another hitter I got to get out. Obviously I didn't do that."

Jon Lester

"I don't feel like I proved a point," Ross said. "I was just going out there trying to help my team win."

Cody Ross

"I think what's made it difficult for him, we are a versatile team, but the problem is we have so many guys that are having down years," general manager Kevin Towers said. "It's hard for him to have a set lineup when he's trying to find that guy with a hot hand, and there aren't many guys with hot hands right now. He's at a point where he's trying to look at historically who has been good second-half finishers, who has numbers against pitchers -- maybe even if it was a year ago -- to try to put a lineup together. I don't blame Gibby at all for having to change it around a lot. We just don't have a lot of guys swinging the bat."

Kevin Towers

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Ross, Diamondbacks Pound Red Sox / Diamondbacks 7, Red Sox 6

Randall Delgado had a rare rough outing, but the Arizona offense came through in spectacular fashion pounding out 16 hits, seven of them of the extra-base variety en route to a 7-6 victory to open the three game series in Boston. Cody Ross went 4-5 with a home run, two doubles, and a stolen base in his return to Boston and Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run over the Green Monster in his first at-bat in Fenway.

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