RED SOX NOTES (73-80)
THE RED SOX improved to 41-38 at Fenway Park with 2 home games remaining, securing a winning record at home…Improved to 29-21 in series openers and 6-11 against the Orioles (4-4 at home)…Have won 12 of their last 20 games overall and are 29-22 since 7/30…Lead the majors with 318 runs scored since 7/26.
· Earned their 8th shutout win of the season…Allowed only 2 hits, matching their season low (also 7/17 at LAA).
RICH HILL (9.0 IP, 2 H, BB, 10 SO) made his first career start at Fenway Park (25th career appearance)…Became the first BOS pitcher to record a shutout this season (last: Buchholz, 8/31/14 at TB)…Retired 16 consecutive batters after allowing a leadoff single to Nolan Reimold in the 1st inning, and did not allow another hit until the 9th.
· Is the 1st pitcher since 1900 to make a season debut in September or later and have 10-strikeout starts in his 1st three games that season.
· Is the only AL pitcher in the last 100 years to record at least 10 SO in each of his first 3 starts with a team…The only pitcher to do that in the last 100 years is Rich Harden (first 3 with CHC in 2008).
· The only other Red Sox pitcher in the last 100 years to record 10+ SO and 1 or fewer BB in 3 consecutive starts at any point is Pedro Martinez (8/19-30/99).
· Is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA (3 ER/23.0 IP) this season, with the Sox winning each of his 3 starts…Lowered his career ERA with the Sox to 1.15 (7 ER/54.2 IP), the lowest in club history (min. 25.0 IP)…Has allowed only 10 hits and recorded 30 SO against only 2 BB this season, holding opponents to a .127 AVG.
SANDY LEON (0-3) has caught 4 of the Sox’ 8 shutouts this season (also 5/13 at OAK, 6/2 vs. MIN, 9/13 at TB)…Has caught each of Rich Hill’s 3 starts.DAVID ORTIZ (3-4, 3 2B, 3 RBI) recorded 3 doubles for the 2nd time in his career (also 7/26/11 vs. KC)…Has 581 career doubles, passing Wade Boggs (578) and Albert Pujols (580) for 19th place on MLB’s all-time list (LAA hosts SEA tonight at 10:05 ET)…Robin Yount ranks 18th all-time with 583 doubles…With 1,101 career XBH, Ortiz also passed Eddie Murray (1,099) for 19th most all-time (Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx rank T-17th with 1,117 XBH).
· Increased his career RBI total to 1,637, passing Ernie Banks (1,636) for 30th place in MLB history (Tony Perez ranks 29th with 1,652 RBI).
MOOKIE BETTS (0-3, R, BB) has reached base in each of his last 28 games, the longest streak by a Red Sox since Mike Napoli’s 33-game stretch from 4/4-5/14/14.
· Extended his home hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in MLB…Has scored in each of his last 6 games, matching his career high (3rd time).