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Sox bats come alive; down Indians

Sox bats come alive; down Indians

                 BOSTON NOTES (89-39)

 

BOSTON snapped their season-long-tying 3-game losing streak (also 4/21-24), earning their ML-leading 89th win of the season…Improved their ML-best winning percentage to .695 and their ML-best run differential to +218.

·       Are the only team without a losing streak of 4+ games this season.

·       Fell behind by allowing 2 runs in the top of the 1st…Earned their 38th come-from-behind win of the season, improving to a ML-best 29-29 when their opponent scores first.

·       Despite the recent 3-game losing streak, have won 8 of their last 12 games, 14 of their last 19, and 18 of their last 24…Since 5/19, are 59-24 (.711).

·       Returned to 50 games over .500…Prior to this season, had not been as high over .500 since the end of play on 9/29/46 (+54, 104-50).

·       Their 89 wins are tied for their most ever through 128 games (also 89 in 1912)…Are the 5th team in the Expansion Era (1961-pres.) to win as many as 89 of their first 128 games, joining CLE in 1995 (100-44), NYY in 1998 (114-48), SEA in 2001 (116-46), and LAD in 2017 (104-58).

·       Are the 19th team in MLB’s Modern Era (1900-pres.) to win as many as 89 of their first 128 games…Of the previous 18, 17 went on to win their league’s pennant, and 9 won the World Series.

·       Their .714 home winning percentage (45-18) is the best in the majors.

·       Hit 3 HR after hitting just 1 over their previous 6 games, including none over the 3-game losing streak…Are 71-17 this season when hitting at least 1 HR, 33-3 when they hit 2+, and 14-1 when they hit as many as 3.

·       Scored 10 runs, their most since a season-high 19 on 8/10 at BAL…Had scored just 7 runs total over their 3-game losing streak.

·       Batted around in the 4th inning, scoring 5 runs…Marked their biggest inning since scoring 6 in the 6th and 5 in the 8th on 8/10 at BAL.

·       Each of the Red Sox’ starting 9 recorded at least 1 hit.

 XANDER BOGAERTS (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI) hit 2 HR in his 2nd career multi-HR game, his first since 6/18/17 at HOU.

·       Tied the game with a HR in the 4th and added a HR into the Red Sox’ bullpen in the 7th.

·       Has 19 HR in 404 AB this season (21.26 AB/HR) after hitting 10 HR in 571 AB last season (57.10).

·       Ranks 2nd on the team with 80 RBI and 23 multi-RBI efforts in just 106 games…Has driven in a run every 5.05 AB (404 AB/80 RBI), a career-best rate.

·       Has 6 RBI in his last 3 games, 8 in his last 6, and 15 in his last 13…19 of his 80 RBI have tied the game or given BOS a lead.

·       Has a career-high 59 XBH in 106 games this year after recording 48 in 148 2017 games…18 of his last 29 hits have gone for extra bases.

·       Just 5 of his 70 career HR have gone to right-center or right field…3 of those have come this season (6/5 vs. DET, 6/15 at SEA).

·       Has hit in 13 of his last 14 games vs. CLE, hitting .351 (20-for-57) with 10 R, 5 2B, 3B, 2 HR, and 11 RBI…Is a career .327 hitter (198-for-605) vs. the AL Central.

 MITCH MORELAND (2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB) singled and hit a 2-run HR in the 6th inning, his 15th of the season.

·       Has 8 RBI in his last 7 games, 15 RBI in his last 14, and 18 in his last 17…Is 1 RBI shy of 500 for his career.

·       Has 4 HR in his last 5 games vs. CLE, and 6 in his last 11, driving in 14 over that time.

·       8 of his last 11 hits have gone for extra bases…9 of his 15 HR have come with runners on base.

 

J.D. MARTINEZ (2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB) drove in the Red Sox’ first run with a single in the 1st inning, and added another RBI single in the 8th.

·       Has hit safely in his last 14 games vs. CLE (.415/.475/.679, 5 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI)…Is tied with Andrelton Simmons for the longest active hitting streak vs. the club.

·       Leads the majors with a career-high 108 RBI, the most by a Red Sox hitter since 2016 (David Ortiz, 127; Mookie Betts, 113; Hanley Ramirez, 111).

·       Also leads MLB with 62 RBI at home, 9 more than any other hitter…His 81 hits at home also lead the majors.

·       In his last 26 games, has hit .374/.461/.758, going 37-for-99 with 22 runs, 11 2B, 9 HR, and 26 RBI.

·       Also leads the majors with 304 total bases, 19 more than any other hitter…The only other Red Sox in the last 100 years with as many TB in 128 team games or fewer are Jimmie Foxx (1938-39), Ted Williams (1949), and Jim Rice (1977-78).

·       The last AL hitters with as many total bases through 128 team games were Miguel Cabrera (314) and Chris Davis (313) in 2013.

·       Is 13 for his last 21 (.619) with RISP, and 47-for-123 (.382) with RISP this season.

·       Went 2-for-2 with a BB with RISP and 2 outs…Has reached base in his last 9 PA with RISP and 2 outs (6-for-6, 2 3B)…Is batting .400 (22-for-55) in with a .507 OBP in 67 such PA this season.

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