August 11, 2021

Red Sox Dump 20 Runs On Tampa Bay In Wednesday Rout


Rays    - 000 001 007 -  8  8 0
Red Sox - 320 540 06x - 20 19 0

Wednesday's rout of the Rays was only the 18th time the Red Sox have scored at least 20 runs (and the 12th at home). It's only the fifth time in the past 27 seasons (since 1995). 

But wait – Runs were scored in seven different half-innings. And those run totals were 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7! It's the first game since at least 1901 (no surprise, really) to have at least seven run-scoring half-innings with the runs scored all being a different number. It is likely the first major league game to have 0 through 7 in the linescore, even with some numbers repeated. Plus the hit totals include an 8 and a 9. Amazing!

J.D. Martinez went 4-for-4, Enrique Hernandez and Hunter Renfroe both went 3-for-5. Martinez, Renfroe, and Xander Bogaerts scored three runs each. Bobby Dalbec drove in five runs and Renfroe and Bogaerts each had four RBI.

That seven-run ninth inning featured a grand slam from Brett Phillips, his third slam in his last nine games (July 29, August 8). He now holds the Rays record for most slams in a season.

Boston's first game of 20+ runs came on May 2, 1901, when they beat the Philadelphia Athletics 23-12. That's also the only time they scored 20+ runs without hitting a home run.

The only Red Sox team to score 20+ runs more than once in a season was the 1950 club. They did it three times - all of them in June, including against the Browns on consecutive days: 20-4 on June 7 and 29-4 on June 8!

It's the 11th major league game to end with a 20-8 score, but only the seventh one since 1901.

Updated! More stuff (thanks to Doug Kern):

The Red Sox are the first team in the modern era (since 1901) to allow a 7+-run inning and still win by 12+ runs.

Hunter Renfroe and Bobby Dalbec are the first Red Sox teammates to each have four RBI without hitting a home run since Marty Barrett and Wade Boggs, on August 21, 1986 at Cleveland.

Bobby Dalbec is the first Red Sox #8 or #9 batter to have five RBI without homering since Coco Crisp hit three bases-loaded singles against the White Sox on July 21 2007.

Hunter Renfroe is the first Red Sox batter with three hits, three runs scored, and four RBI without homering since Jack Clark, on August 12, 1991 at Blue Jays.

This was the first game in the modern era in which both teams had a reliever (Tampa Bay's Francisco Mejia and Boston's Phillips Valdez) allow 6+ runs while getting ≤ 3 outs.

Phillips Valdez is the first Red Sox reliever to give up 7+ runs while getting ≤ 3 outs since Rob Stanifer (June 19, 2000, against Yankees).

Francisco Mejia is the first Rays pitcher not named Ryan Rupe to allow 6 runs and hit 2 batters while getting ≤ 3 outs. Rupe did it twice in one homestand in 2001: May 6 (vs CLE) and May 9 (vs BAL). [Those were consecutive outings for Rupe. He also allowed seven runs on June 2, nine runs on June 25, and 11 runs on August 16.]

Josh Fleming is the first Rays starter to give up 10 runs and not get out of the 4th since Jeff Niemann (August 25, 2010, at Angels). Fleming is also the second pitcher in Rays history to allow 17+ baserunners in an outing of any length. Tanyon Sturtze needed seven innings to do it against the Red Sox on May 6, 2002.

Last time Rays allowed 20 runs: July 22, 2007 at Yankees (4-21).

Last time Red Sox scored 20 runs: August 15, 2015 vs Mariners (22-10).


The Pirates were held to two or fewer hits in consecutive games (one last night and two today; two losses) for the first time since May 31 (G2) and June 1, 1915 against the Cubs (they won 1-0 and lost 0-2). Pittsburgh also won the first game of that May 31 doubleheader 1-0 (they went wild in that one, banging out four hits).

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