LAST NIGHT’S NEWS: The Sox defeated the Tigers last night at Fenway Park, 11-1, securing a 2-games-to-2 victory in the series…The Sox tallied 20 hits, the club’s most since an 11-4 win on 6/25/13 vs. COL (also 20 H)…The club allowed only 3 hits, outhitting the opposition by as many as 17 for the first time since 5/28/05 at NYY (BOS-27, NYY-8)…The Sox had not recorded 20 hits of their own while holding an opponent to 3 or fewer hits since 7/2/98 vs. MON (outhit the Expos, 20-3).
· Eduardo Rodriguez started and earned the win, allowing 1 run on 3 hits with 6 SO in 7.0 IP…He is the first AL left-hander since at least 1914 to allow 1 or no runs in 7 of his first 11 career outings, all starts.
· All 9 players in Boston’s starting lineup recorded at least 1 hit…Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with a double, 2 RBI, and a walk and has reached base safely in 9 consecutive games since 7/12 (.367, 11-for-30, 4 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB)… Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a season-high 3 runs and a double and has hit .364 (8-for-22) in his current 6-game hitting streak.
DAVID’S CAREER DAY: Last night, David Ortiz went 4-for-5 with 2 homers and 7 RBI…The 7 RBI were his most in 2,200 career ML games, most by a Red Sox since Will Middlebrooks on 9/25/13 at COL (7 RBI)…At 39 years old, he became the oldest major leaguer ever at the time of his first career 7+ RBI game…He also became the oldest player in history to record at least 4 hits and 7 RBI in a game.
· Ortiz now ranks 38th on MLB’s all-time RBI list with 1,587…Last night, he passed Hall of Famers Rogers Hornsby (1,584), Harmon Killebrew (1,584), and Al Kaline (1,582)…He also passed Dwight Evans (1,346) for the 4th-most RBI in club history (1,349).
· It was his first multi-homer game of the season, the 48th of his career…His 46 multi-HR games as a Red Sox are most in team history (Ted Williams next at 37) and 2nd most in MLB since 2003 (Albert Pujols, 49).
BUT A NUMBER: Last night the Red Sox received 4-hit games from 22-year-old Xander Bogaerts and 39-year-old David Ortiz…It was Bogaerts’ 5th career 4-hit game, tying his single-game high, including his AL-leading 4th this season…He is tied with Howie Kendrick for the most 4-hit games in MLB this year.
· In the last 100 years, the only Red Sox with more 4+ hit games at age 22 or younger are Ted Williams (8) and Carl Yastrzemski (6)…Tim Tabor also had 5.