September 10, 2022

Red Sox Rout Orioles 17-4, Set Franchise Record With All 12 Batters Scoring At Least One Run

Twelve different batters had plate appearances in the Red Sox's 17-4 rout of the Orioles on Saturday and every one of them scored at least one run. It was the first game in team history in which as many as 12 players batted with all of them eventually crossing the plate.

In 122 years of Red Sox baseball, there have been only two other games in which 12 Boston players scored at least one run:

July 25, 1979: The Red Sox beat the Athletics 16-4 at Fenway Park. Three of Boston's 15 batters went to the plate and did not score.

April 12, 1994: In the Red Sox's 22-11 pasting of the Royals in Kansas City, one of the thirteen Boston players with a plate appearance failed to score.

The previous team record was set way back on August 23, 1910, when all 11 players with a plate appearance  scored a run. That 13-11 victory over the St. Louis Browns was played at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds in Boston, before the construction of Fenway Park, which opened in 1912.

The record for the most players to score a run in a game is 15, set by Atlanta on October 3, 1999, in an 18-0 shutout of the Marlins. No Atlanta player scored more than two runs.

The Red Sox got started early on Saturday. In the top of the first, Tommy Pham walked, Alex Verdugo singled, Xander Bogaerts was hit by a pitch, and Rafael Devers crushed a 425-foot grand slam to left-center. It was Devers's 26th home run of the season, his second grand slam of 2022, and the fourth of his career (he hit two in 2018). All four slams have been hit on the road.

Devers's next home run will be #139 and will tie him with Mookie Betts for 20th place in team history. Reminder: Devers is only 25 years old and is still younger than the majority of players for the Red Sox's AAA team.

Only five Red Sox players have hit 100+ home runs before turning 26.

                   HR    AGES
Tony Conigliaro   160   19-25
Rafael Devers 138* 20-25
Jim Rice 133   21-25
Ted Williams 127   20-23 (did not play age 24-25-26 seasons)
Mookie Betts 110  21-25 *: 22 games remaining in age-25 season

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