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Sales cruises, Sox bats explode in win over Tigers

Sales cruises, Sox bats explode in win over Tigers


IMG_4929THE RED SOX improved to 13-6 in their last 19 games, and 5-2 this season when tied after 6 innings…Scored 3 in the 7th and 5 in the 8th, and are out-scoring opponents 122-70 after the 6th…Have won 39 of their last 40 games with 6+ runs scored.
· Clinched their 3rd consecutive series win at home (7-1 in games), and will improve to 7-2-2 in series at home this season.
· Have started a LHP in 17 of their last 21 games, and 40 of 61 overall…Are 12-3 in their last 15 games started by a LHP (11-2 starting pitcher record)…Since 5/16, Red Sox LHP are 13-2…Their 22 wins this season are most by Red Sox LHP prior to the All-Star break since 1973 (24).

MITCH MORELAND (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2B, 3 RBI) singled in a run in the 4th and hit a 2-run double in the 7th…Has 4 RBI hits in the last 2 games (5 total hits, 5 RBI), and multiple RBI in 3 of his last 4 games…In 6 games vs. the Tigers this season, is 13-for-22 (.591) with 7 R, 7 2B, HR…Has 18 hits in his last 11 games vs. the club since 5/7/16 (.450/18-for-40, 8 2B, 3 HR)…Is the first hitter to double in 6 straight games vs. DET since Grady Sizemore in 2006 (6).
· Is 16-for-47 (.340) with RISP, including 10 for his last 19 at Fenway (.526)…In his last 20 games, is batting .348 (23-for-66) with 16 R, 3 2B, 6 HR, and 19 RBI.

XANDER BOGAERTS (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI) recorded his 6th game with 3+ hits this season and 2nd straight multi-hit effort (team-leading 21st of the year)…Recorded multiple doubles for the 8th career time (last 9/17/16 vs. NYY)…Has hit safely in his last 10 home games vs. DET and has a .444 AVG (20-for-45) in 12 career such games…Since the AL Central division’s formation in 1994, no hitter has a higher career AVG vs. AL Central clubs than his .346 mark (147-for-425, min. 300 AB).

CHRIS SALE (7.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 7 SO) extended his winning streak to 7 games, the 3rd-longest streak of his career (last 10, 10/2/15-5/19/16)…Became the first Sox pitcher to go at least 7.0 innings in each of his first 7 home starts of a season since Pedro Martinez in 2000 (8)…Has gone 7.0+ IP and allowed 3 or fewer ER in each of his first 7 home starts as a member of the Red Sox…Since earned runs became an official statistic in 1913, no other Sox starter has done so in his first 5 such starts.
· Extended his ML lead to 126 SO through 13 starts…Has recorded 7.41 SO/BB this season (17 BB)…Struck out Nicholas Castellanos, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez in order with runners on 1st and 3rd in the 3rd inning…Was his 13th inning with 3 strikeouts this season, more than any other AL pitcher.

JOSH RUTLEDGE (2-for-2, R, 3 BB, 2 RBI, SB) collected multiple hits for the 2nd time in 3 games, and stole his first base since 5/18/16 at KC…Is 24-for-27 (88.9%) in career SB attempts, tied with Jackie Bradley Jr. for the highest rate among actives (min. 25 attempts)…Set career highs with 3 BB and 5 times on base.

DUSTIN PEDROIA (2-for-4, 3 R, RBI, SF) scored a season-high 3 runs (last 8/14/16 vs. ARI)…Drove in the game’s first run with a sac fly, his 3rd of the season, and singled twice in his 14th multi-hit game…Has 6 go-ahead RBI this year and 149 over his career.

ANDREW BENINTENDI (1-for-4, R, 3 RBI, SF) recorded his AL-leading 6th sacrifice fly of the season, the most ever by a Red Sox rookie before the All-Star break…Marked his 3rd go-ahead RBI this year and the 5th of his career…Also drove in 2 with an 8th-inning single…His 3 RBI tied a career high (4th time, last 6/4 at BAL).

SANDY LEON (1-for-4, R, RBI, SF) singled to right, scored the Sox’ 2nd run in the 3rd, and drove in 1…Is batting .308 (12-for-39) in 11 career games vs. DET.

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