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Ortiz, Sox bats bury Jays

Ortiz, Sox bats bury Jays

RED SOX NOTES (66-73)

red sox logoTHE RED SOX concluded their 10-day, 9-game homestand (6-3)…Improved to 39-35 at home, winning 15 of their last 23 at Fenway…Are 39-35 overall since 6/16, including 22-15 since 7/30, 14-7 since 8/18, and 5-1 since 9/4.
· Improved to 21-18-6 in series this season (12-8-4 at home), including 6-1-1 in their last 8 sets…Are 8-8 vs. TOR this season, winning 5 of the last 7 meetings and each of the last 2 series.

THE RED SOX lead the majors with 254 runs scored since 7/26 (NYM-240, TOR-237)…Have a +50 run differential (204 RA) and a .302/.352/.488 batting line in that span (442-1,466, 104 2B, 10 3B, 50 HR).
· Averaged 7.3 runs per game in their last 2 homestands, posting a .333/.382/.561 line at Fenway in those 19 games (139 R, 229-688, 64 2B, 6 3B, 27 HR)…Overall, are scoring 5.4 runs per game and batting .294 at home.
· Have homered in 7 straight games…Have a major league-best 74 doubles in only 25 games since 8/14…No other AL team began the day with more than 49 doubles since then.

Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red SoxDAVID ORTIZ (1-3, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB) gave the Sox a 4-0 lead with a 3-run HR in the 3rd inning, his 498th career homer (BOS-440, MIN-58)…Has 1,623 career RBI, tied with Chipper Jones for 32nd place in MLB history.
· 12 of his last 13 hits have gone for extra bases (6 HR, 6 2B)…Has 1,093 career XBH, tied with Dave Winfield for 20th-most in MLB history…Has 6 HR in his last 12 games…Has 26 HR and 69 RBI in only 76 games since 6/11.

JOE KELLY (5.2 IP, 6 H, R, 2 BB, 5 SO, HBP) has won his last 8 starts, the longest streak by any pitcher in the majors this season and the longest by a Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez won 9 straight from 4/20-6/4/99…In those 8 starts, has posted a 2.59 ERA (14 ER/48.2 IP), allowing 2 ER or fewer in each of his last 7.
· Joins Roger Clemens as the only Red Sox pitchers in the last 100 years to earn a win and allow 6 or fewer hits and 2 or fewer runs in at least 6 consecutive starts…Clemens made 7 such starts in a row from 9/29/90-5/8/91.
· Has won his last 5 home starts, the longest streak by a Sox pitcher since John Lackey (7) and Jon Lester (6) in 2010.
· Sox starters are 13-4 with a 2.80 ERA in the club’s last 21 games since 8/18 (42 ER/135.0 IP), allowing 1 ER or fewer in 12 of those, and 3 ER or fewer in 17.

 

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