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Red Sox still rolling ….

Red Sox still rolling ….

RED SOX NOTES (63-29)

THE RED SOX earned their ML-best 63rd win and 7th in a row…Their .685 winning percentage is the highest in the majors.
· This is the 3rd time in the club’s 118-year history they have won at least 63 of their first 92 games, having also done so in 1912 (63-29) and 1946 (65-25-2).
· Marks their 3rd winning streak of 7+ games this season, more than any other team in the majors…Had just 1 such streak in 2017 and 1 in 2016…The last time the Red Sox had as many as 3 winning streaks of 7+ games in the same season was 1990 (also 3).
· Are the 10th team in the Expansion Era (1961-pres.) to win as many as 63 of their first 92 games (last HOU in 2017)…7 of the previous 9 won their league’s pennant…Each of the previous 9 finished the regular season with over 100 wins, averaging 106.4.
· Their 63 wins are tied for the 2nd-most ever by any team before the All-Star break, trailing only the 1969 Orioles (65)…The Dodgers won 63 first-half games in 1973 and 1974, and the Mariners matched that total in 2001.
· Improved to a season-high 34 games over .500, their highest margin over .500 since 9/27/13 (+34)…The last time they were more than 34 games over .500 was following a win on 10/2/04 (98-63).
· Earned their AL-leading 9th shutout win of 2018, their 4th in their last 14 games…Had not shut out TEX since 8/25/11, and had not done so at home since 8/14/08.
· Have won 12 of their last 14 games, and 14 of their last 17…Have won their last 5 games at Fenway Park.
· Have won 10 of their last 12 games vs. TEX, including each of their last 4.
· Improved to 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. left-handed starting pitchers.
· Rank 2nd in the majors with a .707 winning percentage at home (29-12).
· Are 42-4 (.913) when scoring the game’s first run, the best such record in the majors.

J.D. MARTINEZ (2-for-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI) singled to center in his first AB and hit his ML-leading 28th HR of the season in the 8th, a 3-run shot.
· Also leads the majors with 77 RBI, 38 multi-hit games, and 24 multi-RBI games…Has 6 RBI in his last 3 games, 13 in his last 7, and 22 in his last 14.
· His 28 HR are the 3rd-most by a Red Sox hitter prior to the All-Star break, trailing only David Ortiz in 2006 (31) and Carl Yastrzemski in 1969 (29)…The last Red Sox hitter to reach 28 HR in the team’s first 92 games was David Ortiz (32) in his club record-setting 2006 54-HR season.
· Leads MLB with 217 total bases, tied for the 2nd-most by a Red Sox hitter before the All-Star break in team history (Jim Rice in 1978, 218; Jim Rice in 1977, 217).
· Is the 4th Red Sox hitter to reach 50 XBH prior to the All-Star break, joining David Ortiz (2004; 2016), Manny Ramirez (2004), and Fred Lynn (1979).
· Leads the majors in home HR (18), RBI (47), SLG (.815), and OPS (1.228)…Has 3 HR in his last 4 home games, and 15 in his last 25.
· His .770 career SLG and 1.193 career OPS at Fenway Park are the highest of all time (min. 100 PA)…Passed Frank Robinson (1.188) in OPS tonight.
· Has reached base in his last 33 home games (4/12-pres.), a career-long streak, the longest active in the majors, and the longest in the majors this season.
· His 33-game home on-base streak is tied with Dustin Pedroia in 2016 (6/21-9/13) for the longest by a Red Sox hitter in the last 10 seasons.
· Has 26 hits, 20 R, and 22 RBI in his last 15 games (.413 AVG, 6 HR)…Has reached in 46 of his last 103 PA (.447 OBP), going 35-for-91 (.385) with 6 2B and 7 HR.

STEVE PEARCE (2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI) gave the Red Sox a lead with his 1st home run in a Red Sox uniform, in his first AB at Fenway since joining the team.
· Is the first Red Sox hitter with a HR in his first AB at Fenway as a member of the team since Daniel Nava on 6/12/10 (1st-pitch grand slam).
· Was his 5th HR of the season, the last 4 of which have been game-winners…Has driven in go-ahead runs in each of his last 2 games.
· Is 11-for-24 (.458) with 4 2B, HR, 5 RBI, and a 1.231 OPS since joining BOS…Is batting .330/.381/.573/.953 with 5 HR and 21 RBI in 34 total games this year.
· Since joining the Red Sox, is 5-for-10 (.500) with 2 2B, HR, and 3 RBI vs. LHP…Over the season, is hitting .339 (20-for-59) with a .991 OPS vs. LHP.
· Has reached in 9 of 14 PA in his last 3 games (7-for-11, 4 R, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB).
· Has 7 HR in 20 career games vs. TEX, posting a .687 SLG and a 1.033 OPS.
· Is 6-for-11 (.545) with a 2B, 2 HR, and 6 RBI in his career vs. Mike Minor…His 6 RBI vs. Minor are his 2nd-most vs. any opposing pitcher (J.A. Happ, 12).

ANDREW BENINTENDI (2-for-4, R, 2B) singled and doubled in his 31st multi-hit game of the season and 4th in a row.
· Over his last 4 games, is 10-for-15 (.667) with 8 runs, 3 2B, HR, 2 RBI, and 4 BB…Tied a career-long streak for consecutive multi-hit games (3rd time, last 8/8-12/17).
· In 10 career games vs. TEX, has hit .417/.476/.722 (15-for-36, 10 runs, 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 5 BB).
· Is batting .335 at home (54-for-161) with a .609 SLG and a 1.001 OPS.
· Is 4 for his last 11 with 2 2B vs. LHP…Is 15 for his last 52 (.288) vs. LHP after beginning the season 2-for-26 (.077) vs. LHP.

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