FANTASTIC FOUR: Boston has won 4 straight games, tying the club’s longest win streak of the year for a 4th time, all since the start of July (also 7/4-8, 8/18-21, 9/4-7)…In these 4 wins, the Red Sox have outscored opponents 22-1, with their only run allowed coming in last night’s 5-1 victory in New York…They swept the Orioles at home with 3 straight shutouts: 2-0 Sunday, 8-0 Saturday, 7-0 Friday night.
1 IN 4 CHANCES: The Red Sox have allowed just 1 run over their last 4 games, matching the fewest runs allowed over any 4-game span in franchise history for the 6th time, first since the final 5 regulation games of 1978…They also did it in 4-game stretches in 1903, 1915, 1918, and 1919…It matches the fewest runs allowed by any team in a 4-game stretch this year, along with KC from 5/17-22.
· According to Elias, this weekend marked just the 2nd time the Red Sox ever swept a 3-game series while recording 3 shutouts…The other such series was 9/19-21/58, when they earned 3 consecutive 2-0 victories over the Washington Senators at Fenway Park.
· The Red Sox record for fewest total runs allowed in any 5-game stretch is 2 from 7/3-6/1915.
STATE OF THE SOX: Last night’s win put the Red Sox 4 games under .500 for the 1st time since ending play on 7/11 at 42-46…They have not been 3 games under .500 since finishing 5/25 with a 21-24 record.
· With yesterday’s win and Baltimore’s loss, Boston moved into a tie with the Orioles for 3rd place…It marks the first time the team has found itself higher than 4th place since finishing play in 3rd place on 5/24…In the past 3 days, club has moved from 5th to 4th to T-3rd place.