STATE OF THE SOX: The Red Sox have won 8 of their last 10 games, including 7 of their last 8 and each of their last 6…BOS owns MLB’s longest active win streak, tied for the club’s season high (also 6 straight from 5/21-27 and 6/29-7/4).
>>> The Sox are 14 games above .500, matching their season high (49-35)…They are 2 games ahead of their 2016 pace (61-51).
POWER SURGE: The Red Sox lead the majors in HR/game in August (2.2)…They have hit 16 HR in their last 10 games, after hitting 7 HR in their previous 12 games.
>>> The Sox have hit multiple homers in each of their last 5 games, their longest streak of the season…They are 27-4 (.871) this season when hitting 2+ HR, marking the highest such winning % in the AL…BOS has won each of its last 8 games with 2+ HR.
>>> The Sox are 10-0 this season when hitting 3+ HR.
SUMMER SALE EVENT: Chris Sale leads MLB with 216 SO…He also ranks T-2nd in MLB in innings (153.1) and leads AL pitchers in ERA (tied, 2.70), wins (tied, 13), WHIP (0.91), opponent AVG (.198), and SO/BB ratio (7.71).
>>> Sale has recorded 12 SO in each of his last 3 starts against the Rays…His career average of 13.38 SO/9.0 IP vs. TB is the highest for any pitcher against a single opponent in the live ball era (min. 75.0 IP).
WHAT A RELIEF: Red Sox relievers threw 14.0 scoreless innings in the club’s 4-game sweep of CWS (2 BB, 18 SO).
>>> The Sox’ bullpen ranks 2nd in MLB in ERA (2.94), only .02 behind LAD (2.92)…BOS has not finished a season with MLB’s lowest bullpen ERA in the last 100 years and has not finished in the top 10 since 2009 (8th).
LEAD THE WAY: Dustin Pedroia, who leads the Sox in AVG (.307) and OBP (.381), was activated from the 10-day DL prior to tonight’s game…His 25 RBI in July ranked 2nd in the AL and marked a new career best for any calendar month.
>>> In his last 22 games since 7/2, Pedroia has hit .340 with a .903 OPS (32-for-94, 4 2B, 4 HR).