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Leon bails our Sox, Porcello gets a no-decision

Leon bails our Sox, Porcello gets a no-decision

Red Sox notes

Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts catches a fly ball hit by Houston Astros Alex Bregman during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball’s American League Division Series, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

THE RED SOX improved to 20-7 through 27 games, earning their 11th come-from-behind win.
· Is tied for the 2nd-best 27-game start in club history (23-4 in 1946)…Also went 20-7 in 1994 and 2002.
· Are just the 5th team since 1913 to win 20+ games before May, joining SEA in 2001, NYY in 2003, ARI in 2008, and MIL in 2014.
· Their 18 wins in the month of April tie a franchise record, matching the 1998, 2003, and 2013 clubs.
· Improved to 9-5 when their opponent scores first…Erased a 3-run deficit in the 6th, their 4th deficit erased in the last 2 games.
· Earned their 3rd win when tied or trailing after 7 innings.
· Are now 8-2 in 1-run games, including a 6-1 record in 7 1-run games with the Rays.
· Have allowed 4 or fewer runs in 23 of their first 27 games, their 2nd-most ever through 27 games (24 in 1909).

SANDY LEON (1-for-3, RBI, SB) hit a go-ahead single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th, driving in his 2nd run of the season (last 4/12 vs. NYY).
· Was his 11th career go-ahead RBI, 9 of which have been game-winners…4 of his go-ahead RBI have come in the 8th or later (last 7/25/17 at SEA, 13th).
· The Red Sox are 18-8 when he drives in a run since 2017 and 37-13 when he drives in a run since 2015.
· Recorded his first career SB in the 8th inning.

RICK PORCELLO (7.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 6 SO) allowed 3 ER over 7.2 IP, his longest start since 7/23/17 at LAA (8.0 IP) and tied for the longest by a Red Sox starter this year (also David Price, 7.2 IP on 4/22 at OAK).
· Struck out 6 and did not walk a batter, raising his SO/BB rate to 9.50 (38 BB/4 SO) and lowering his BB/9.0 IP rate to 0.89 (40.1 IP).
· Threw a season-high 116 pitches, including a team season-high 82 strikes…Tied his 2nd-highest career strike total (83 on 9/10/14 vs. KC, 82 on 6/12/17 vs. PHI).
· Tossed his 5th consecutive quality start, tied for the 2nd-most quality starts in the AL this season (Corey Kluber, 6)…Since 2016, is 1 of 4 AL pitchers with 50+ quality starts, joining Justin Verlander (55), Chris Sale (50), and Corey Kluber (50).
· Has allowed 3 ER or fewer in each of his last 8 starts vs. TB, and 19 of his last 20 against the club (12-5, 3.02 ERA, 45 ER/134.0 IP).
· Has thrown 6.0+ innings in 61 of his 72 starts since 2016, including 27 starts with 7.0+ IP.
· Allowed his first HR of the season after beginning the year with 34.2 homerless innings…Entered today as the only qualifying pitcher without a HR allowed.
· Picked Mallex Smith off 1st base in the 4th inning…Was the first pickoff by a Red Sox pitcher since Joe Kelly on 9/26/17 vs. TOR…Was Porcello’s 6th career pickoff and 2nd with the Red Sox (also 7/1/15 at TOR).
· The Red Sox have won 25 straight games when providing Porcello with 3+ runs.

CRAIG KIMBREL (1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 SO) struck out 3, including his final 2 batters to strand the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position…Earned his first win since winning consecutive appearances on 8/13 & 8/16/17.

J.D. MARTINEZ (4-for-4, R, 2 RBI) tied a career high with 4 hits (6th time, last 4/18 at LAA), including a 2-run single in the 6th, driving in the first 2 Red Sox runs.
· Marked his team-leading 4th game with 3+ hits (last 4/19 at LAA, 3)…Raised his season AVG from .301 to .330 (32-for-97).
· Leads the team with 22 RBI, including 7 in the last 4 games…Has 7 multi-RBI games, including 3 in his last 4 contests.
· Is 9-for-18 (.500) when leading off an inning this year…Has hit .471 (16-for-34) with nobody out, going 3-for-3 today.
· Has multiple hits in 3 of his last 4 games (.500/8-for-16), and 10 of 25 games this season…In his last 14 games, is batting .415 (22-for-53) with 9 runs, 4 2B, 3 HR, and 12 RBI.
· In 19 career games at Fenway Park, has hit .387 (29-for-75) with 5 2B, 3B, and 3 HR.

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