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Red Sox train keeps rolling; Swihart is the latest hero

Red Sox train keeps rolling; Swihart is the latest hero

                 RED SOX NOTES (75-33)

 

THE RED SOX earned their 3rd straight win, improving to 4-1 on the homestand…Lead MLB with 75 wins and a .694 W-L%.

  • Improved to 6-3 in extra-inning games, winning their 4th game in walk-off fashion (last 7/27 vs. MIN, Betts HR)…Have won 3 of their last 7 home games with walk-offs (also 7/14 vs. TOR, Bogaerts grand slam).
  • Have earned walk-off wins in each of their last 3 home games vs. PHI, also doing so on 6/12/17 (Pedroia single) & 6/13/17 (Benintendi single).
  • Matched their longest game of the season by innings (also 4/3 at MIA & 5/1 vs. KC).
  • Was their 1st game of 13.0+ IP with 1 or 0 R allowed since 9/13/15 at TB (2-0 win)…Was their 3rd such game in the last 25 seasons (also 7/17/11 at TB, 1-0 win).
  • Reached a season-high 42 games over .500, their highest mark since the end of play on 9/29/46 (+54, 104-50).
  • Have won 19 of their last 23 games (.826) and 45 of their last 63 (.714).
  • Have won 14 of their last 16 games at Fenway Park…Their 38-14 home record (.731) is the best in the majors.
  • Have won 75 games through two-thirds of the season…Are tied for their most wins ever through 108 team games…Went 75-31-2 in 1946.
  • Are the 4th team in the Expansion Era (1961-pres.) to win as many as 75 of their first 108 games, joining the 1998 Yankees (114-48), the 2001 Mariners (116-46), and the 2017 Dodgers (104-58).
  • Are the 16th team in MLB’s Modern Era (1900-pres.) to win as many as 75 of their first 108 games…Of the previous 15, 14 went on to win their league’s pennant (93.3%), and 8 (53.3%) won the World Series.
  • Tied the game in the 5th…Are 9-2 when tied after 6 innings, 8-3 when tied after 7, and 5-1 when tied after 8.
  • Eduardo Núñez’s 3B marked the team’s 3rd in their last 3 games…Have 21 triples this season, 2 more than they had in 2017…17 of 21 have come at home.
  • Turned a 5-2-6-5 double play to end the top of the 3rd inning, making an out at 3B and an out at home.
  • Red Sox starting pitchers have posted a 1.41 ERA (11 ER/70.1 IP) in their last 12 games…According to Elias, that marks the lowest ERA by a Red Sox starting staff over a 12-game period since 7/20-8/3/1933 (1.31).
  • Tonight’s attendance of 37,722 marked the largest at Fenway this season…Was the 16th consecutive sellout at the venue.

 

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BLAKE SWIHART (1-for-2, 2B, RBI) hit a walkoff ground-rule double in the bottom of the 13th inning, his 1st career walkoff RBI.

  • Extended his hitting streak to 10 games (.429/12-for-28).

 

DAVID PRICE (8.0 IP, 8 H, ER, BB, 5 SO) allowed 1 ER over 8.0 IP, his 2nd-longest start of 2018 (9.0-inning CG win on 5/17 vs. BAL).

  • Was his longest start with 1 or 0 runs allowed since shutting out the Yankees over 8.0 IP on 7/16/17 at Fenway.
  • Marked the longest start by a Red Sox pitcher since 6/8 vs. CWS (Chris Sale, 8.0 IP).
  • Marked his 3rd consecutive quality start and 12th of the season…Has allowed 3 or fewer ER in 12 of his last 14 starts.
  • Has allowed 3 or fewer ER in 11 straight Interleague starts (3.19 ERA, 24 ER/67.2 IP), and 17 of his last 18 (2.63 ERA, 36 ER/123.1 IP).
  • Walked 1 tonight and has issued just 3 BB over his last 5 starts (29.0 IP).

 

EDUARDO NÚÑEZ (2-for-5, R, 3B, RBI) tied the game with a 1-out triple in the 5th inning, his 2nd in his last 3 games (also 7/28 vs. MIN) and the 18th of his career.

  • Added a single in the 13th…Has multiple hits in each of his last 4 games, his longest such streak since 9/4-9/17 and 1 shy of a career-long streak.
  • Is 8-for-16 (.500) with 3 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, and 3 RBI over his last 4 games.
  • Stole his 5th base of the season, his first since 6/9 vs. CWS…Put himself in scoring position with nobody out in the 13th.
  • Prior to Saturday, had not tripled since 8/18/16 with SF vs. NYM…That triple was his most recent RBI triple.
  • 4 of his 18 triples have tied the game or given his team the lead (last 9/3/14 with MIN vs. CWS)…3 of the 18 have come at Fenway.

 

SANDY LEON (1-for-3) hit an infield single to the second baseman in the 3rd, the Red Sox’ first hit of the night.

  • Was just his 8th career hit to the right side of the infield (216 career hits).
  • In 31 career Interleague games, has hit .305 (29-for-95)…Is batting .356 (16-for-45) in 13 career Interleague games at Fenway.
  • Is 34-for-137 (.248) with 19 R, 8 2B, 4 HR, and 17 RBI in his last 42 games, raising his AVG from .111 to .220.
  • Threw Roman Quinn out at 2B to end the top of the 9th…Was his 4th catcher caught-stealing of the season.

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