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Red Sox grab win # 106……set a new club record

Red Sox grab win # 106……set a new club record

                                    RED SOX NOTES (106-51)


THE RED SOX set a new franchise record with their 106th win of the season, surpassing the previous record of 105 wins set by the 1912 club.

·       With the win, clinched the best record in the majors in 2018, giving them home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

·       The Sox will have finished with sole possession of MLB’s best record 5 times (1903, 1912, 1915, 1946), and a share of MLB’s best record twice (2007, 2013)…Won the World Series in 5 of those 6 previous seasons.

·       The Red Sox are the 19th team since 1900 to win as many as 106 games…Have the most wins since the 2001 Mariners’ 116.

·       The Red Sox are the 11th AL team to reach 106+ wins, and the 4th AL East club to do so (also BAL in 1969, 109; BAL in 1970, 108; NYY in 1998, 114).

·       Have won 50 games vs. AL East opponents this season, their most vs. the division since 2002 (51-25)…Their .704 winning percentage (50-21) would be the AL East’s highest intra-divisional winning percentage ever.

·       Improved to an ML-best 55-21 at home (.724), marking their best home winning percentage since 1949 (.792, 61-16)…The last ML team to finish with a higher home winning percentage was NYY in 1998 (.765).

·       Alex Cora became just the 2nd manager to win as many as 106 games in his debut season with a team, joining Ralph Houk of the 1961 Yankees (109-53), who was also in his first season as a ML manager.

·       Improved to 15-2 vs. BAL this season and 18-2 in their last 20 games vs. the club…Marks the 3rd season in the Divisional Era (since 1969) that the Red Sox have won 15+ games vs. the Orioles (also 16-2 in 2009, 15-3 in 2006).

·       Have 15 wins vs. BAL and 15 wins vs. TOR this season…No other ML team has won 15+ games over any other single opponent.

·       Are 10-0 in their last 20 games with 5+ runs…Have scored 5+ runs an ML-leading 88 times, going 78-10 (.886) in those games.

·       Stole 2 bases, reaching 120 for the season…Are tied for their 3rd-most in a single season in the Live Ball Era (126 in 2009, 123 in 2013, 120 in 2008).

 MOOKIE BETTS (2-for-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, SB) hit a 2-run HR in the 2nd inning, setting a career high with 32 HR this season.

·       Has homered in a career-high-tying 3 consecutive games (also 5/2-4, when he hit 5 HR over 3 games).

·       Over his last 3 games, has gone 10-for-16 (.625) with 7 runs, 4 2B, 3 HR, and 8 RBI.

·       Extended his franchise record for HR from the lead-off spot, after passing Nomar Garciaparra’s 1997 total (30) last night.

·       Leads the majors with a career-high 83 XBH…His 319 career extra-base hits are the most by a Red Sox hitter before turning 26 in club history.

·       Extended his career high with his 124th and 125th run scored, the most by a Red Sox hitter since Wade Boggs in 1988 (128).

·       Played his 133rd game of the year tonight, and will play no more than 138 this regular season…The last ML hitter with 125 or more runs in as few as 138 games in a season was Jimmie Foxx with BOS in 1939 (130).

·       The last hitter with as many as 83 XBH in a season in which he played no more than 140 games was Joe DiMaggio in 1941 (84 in 139 games).

·       Has hit safely in his last 13 games vs. the Orioles, the 2nd-longest active hitting streak vs. the club.

·       Has 5 HR in 15 games vs. BAL this season, batting .365/.444/.730/1.175…Since 2016, has a .333/.410/.644 batting line vs. BAL, with 16 HR in 53 games.

·       Added a single in the 4th and stole his 29th base of the season, extending a career high…Is 1 SB shy of joining Jacoby Ellsbury in 2011 as the only Red Sox hitters ever with a 30-HR, 30-SB season.

·       Leads the majors with a .343 AVG, the highest by a Red Sox hitter since Manny Ramirez in 2002 (.349)…The last Red Sox hitter to lead the majors outright in AVG was Wade Boggs in 1988 (.366).


NATHAN EOVALDI (5.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 10 SO) struck out a career-high-tying 10 hitters (also 5/5/14 with MIA vs. NYM) over 5.0 1-run innings.

·       Has allowed just 1 run in 11.0 innings over his last 2 starts (0.82 ERA)…In his last 4 games (3 starts), has a 1.50 ERA (3 ER/18.0 IP).

·       Extended his scoreless-innings streak to 10.0 before allowing a run on a wild pitch in the 5th.

·       Since joining the Red Sox, is 3-3 with a 3.46 ERA (20 ER/52.0 IP) and 44 SO against 12 BB.

·       In 5 home outings (4 starts) since joining the Red Sox, is 3-1 with a 2.17 ERA (7 ER/29.0 IP).


EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ (2.0 IP, H, 2 SO) threw 2.0 scoreless innings of relief…Struck out 2 and allowed just 1 baserunner.

·       Marked his 2nd career regular-season relief appearance (also 4/19/17 at TOR).


BROCK HOLT (1-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB) hit a go-ahead RBI double in the bottom of the 2nd, extending his hitting streak to 8 games (.455/10-for-22, 2 2B, 2 HR).

·       Was his 8th go-ahead RBI of the season, and 7th game-winner…Has 9 RBI in his last 11 games, including 8 in his last 6 home games.

·       Over his last 11 games, is 12-for-27 (.444) with 6 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, and 9 RBI…In his last 32, is 26-for-78 (.333) with 16 R, 2 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 17 RBI.

·       This season, is posting career highs with a .361 OBP, .401 SLG, and .761 OPS.


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