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Sox pitching has no answers for Mariners’ bats

Sox pitching has no answers for Mariners’ bats

RED SOX NOTES (51-27)

THE RED SOX dropped the middle contest of this 3-game series….Have lost 3 of their last 5 games and 5 of their last 8.
· Marks their largest margin of defeat since 6/7 vs. DET (7-2 loss)…Have lost just 7 games by 4+ runs, tied for the 2nd-fewest such losses in the majors…Are the only team in the majors that has not lost a game by 7+ runs this season.
· Have split the first 2 games of the series…Are tied 3-3 in their season series vs. SEA with 1 game to play…The Red Sox are 6-1-1 in the clubs’ last 8 season series.
· Allowed their opponent to take the lead in the 1st inning for the 2nd straight game and 3rd time in their last 4…Have allowed 49 runs in the 1st inning this season, more than in any other frame.
· Have surrendered 1st-inning runs in 16 of their 27 losses this season (59.3%), including 12 of their last 17.
· Marks the first time this season the Red Sox have allowed 7+ runs in consecutive games (last 9/26-28/17, 3 G)…Have allowed 14+ hits in consecutive games for the first time since 8/2-25/17 (2 G).
· Were held scoreless through 8 innings before plating 2 in the 9th.
· Fell to 14-16 in games in which they commit at least 1 error…Are 37-11 in errorless games.
· This is the 5th time in the club’s 118-year history they have won at least 51 of their first 78 games, having also done so in 1912 (53-25), 1946 (53-23-2), 1978 (54-24), and 1986 (51-27).

MITCH MORELAND (2-for-4, R, 3B, RBI) hit a 2-out single in the 1st inning and drove in the Red Sox’ first run with a 3B in the 9th.
· Has tripled in each of the last 2 games, his 2nd pair of consecutive games with a 3B this season (also 5/26-27)…Has more triples in 61 games this season (4) than he had in 922 career games entering 2018 (3).
· Extended his hitting streak to 6 games (.478/11-for-23, 8 R, 2B, 2 3B, 5 RBI, 3 BB)…Has 4 multi-hit games over the streak and 17 this season.
· Has driven in a run in 3 straight games, and has scored 7 runs in his last 4.
· In 24 games batting 4th, has hit .357 (35-for-98) with 5 2B, 3 3B, 7 of his 10 HR, and 24 of his 37 RBI.
· Is hitting .344 (33-for-96) with 4 3B at home this season.
· Since joining the Red Sox in 2017, has hit .311 (51-for-164) vs. the AL West, his former division…Has a .362 AVG (25-for-69) in 20 games vs. the division this year.

J.D. MARTINEZ (2-for-4, R) singled twice in his team-leading 30th multi-hit game, trailing only Jean Segura (32) for the AL lead…Has 6 hits in the last 2 games and 8 in his last 3.
· Has reached base in 25 of his last 49 PA (.510 OBP), going 17-for-41 (.415) with 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 7 BB, and 1 HBP.
· In 31 career games vs. SEA, has hit .342/.400/.556, going 40-for-117 with 7 2B, 6 HR, and 18 RBI.
· Has reached base in his last 28 home games, a career-long streak, the longest active in the majors, and the longest in the majors this season.
· Of his first 74 games with the Red Sox, has hit safely in 54 (73.0%) and reached base in 64 (86.5%).

ANDREW BENINTENDI (1-for-4) singled in the 3rd inning…Has 5 hits in his last 3 games.
· Has reached base in his last 13 home games, batting .364 (20-for-55) with 14 runs, 5 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, and 12 RBI.
· Is batting .355 (50-for-141) at Fenway this season, reaching base safely in 32 of 35 games at the venue.
· Is 46-for-136 (.338) with 7 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, and 29 RBI in his last 36 games…In his last 53, is batting .324 (67-for-207) with 43 R, 14 2B, 3 3B, 12 HR, and 37 RBI.

EDUARDO NÚÑEZ (1-for-3, RBI, BB) drove in a run for the 2nd straight game with an RBI single in the 9th.
· Has a .325 career AVG (25-for-77) vs. SEA, including a .393 mark (11-for-28) since the start of 2016 (8 G).
· Is 8 for his last 20 (.400) with RISP…Has hit .344 (55-for-160) with RISP since the start of last season, ranking 14th among ML hitters in that time.

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