5 IN A ROW: Boston has won a season-high 5 straight games, the club’s longest win streak since a 5-gamer from 7/13-21/14…The Red Sox’ last longer win streak was a 7-game run from 5/26-6/1/14…Boston was the last AL team put together a win streak as long as 5 games in 2015, leaving the Reds and Rockies as the only ML teams yet to do it.
· In these 5 wins, the Sox have outscored opponents 32-5…The win streak began with a sweep of the Orioles at Fenway Park on 3 straight shutouts…Elias says it marked just the 2nd time the Red Sox ever swept a 3-game set while recording 3 shutouts, the other being 9/19-21/58 with 3 consecutive 2-0 victories over the Washington Senators at Fenway Park.
STATE OF THE SOX: Last night’s win put the Red Sox 3 games under .500 for the 1st time since ending play on 5/25 with a 21-24 record…They have not been 2 games under .500 since finishing 5/24 with a 21-23 record.
· With yesterday’s win and Baltimore’s postponement, Boston moved into sole possession of 3rd place for the first time since 5/24…In the past 4 days, club has moved from 5th to 4th to T-3rd to 3rd place.
PLUS/MINUS: Boston has the 2nd-best run differential in MLB since 8/14 at +79 (MLB-high 253 runs scored, 174 runs allowed)…Only the Blue Jays rank higher (+83).
· Yesterday’s 10-4 win pushed Boston’s full-season run differential from -2 to +4 (735 runs scored, 731 runs allowed), moving positive for the first time since 4/25 (+4)…The Sox were a season-worst -76 on 7/29…They were a season-best +15 after play on 4/11.