September 26, 2018

G158: Red Sox 19, Orioles 3

Orioles - 030 000 000 -  3  8  0
Red Sox - 500 322 34x - 19 22  0

Rafael Devers (4-for-5) hit two home runs, a double, and a single. He drove in a career-best six runs.

Xander Bogaerts's four RBI gave him 100 for the first time in his career. He hit a two-run homer in the sixth.

J.D. Martinez belted a three-run shot in the fourth. His 42nd home run of the year tied Dick Stuart (1963) for the most dong by a player in his first season with the Red Sox. JDM also doubled, singled, and scored three times.

Mookie Betts (2-for-2) stole his 30th base of the season, joining Jacoby Ellsbury (2011) as the only Red Sox players with a 30 SB/30 HR season. Betts also began an 8-6-2 play that nailed a runner at the plate to end the third. Betts is batting .346; no Boston batter has topped .350 since Nomar Garciaparra hit .372 in 2000.

Every Red Sox starter had at least one hit and scored at least one run. Nine different players doubled and four hit home runs.

Ryan Meisinger (0.1-4-5-1-0, 21) faced only six batters in his first major league start (and 17th appearance), as Boston batted around in the first inning. Jace Peterson, a Jack-Of-All-Trades who has played five positions this season, pitched the bottom of the eighth and allowed four runs.

The Red Sox's rallies in the fourth and eighth innings began with no one on base and two outs. In the fifth, they mixed it up, scoring twice before making an out. Devers and Baa-la-kay Swihart opened the seventh with back-to-back home runs. Devers also homered in the eighth.

David Price's (5-6-3-3-6, 88) only bad inning was the second, in which he walked four batters and gave up two home runs. However, he got out of a bases-loaded/one-out jam, with a strikeout and a force play, leaving three men on.
Ryan Meisinger / David Price
Betts, CF
Benintendi, LF
Martinez, DH
Bogaerts, SS
Moreland, 1B
Kinsler, 2B
Devers, 3B
Swihart, RF
León, C
This is the makeup of last night's postponement, the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Red Sox Seasons With .650+ Winning Percentage
1912:  105-47-2    .691    Won World Series
2018:  106-51      .675    ?                    (5 games remaining)
1946:  104-50-2    .675    Lost World Series
1915:  101-50-4    .669    Won World Series
1903:   91-47-3    .659    Won World Series
If the Red Sox win all five of their remaining games, their .685 winning percentage would rank 19th all-time (since 1900).

In the last 50 years, only four teams have finished above .670: 1969 Orioles, 1995 Cleveland, 1998 Yankees, and 2001 Mariners.

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