J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts

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Red Sox bats come to life in yet another throttling of Orioles

John Tomase
September 26, 2018 - 4:19 pm
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Whatever issues plagued the Red Sox offense during a slow stretch between August and September, it's nothing the Orioles can't fix.

The milestones came fast and furious for the Red Sox during win No. 107 on Wednesday in the opener to a doubleheader.

The Red Sox improved to 16-2 vs. the woeful O's with their biggest slaughter yet, a 19-3 shellacking that featured monster numbers across the board.

The Red Sox recorded 21 hits to go with their 19 runs. Along the way:

-- Mookie Betts joined Jacoby Ellsbury as the only 30-30 players in Red Sox history, thanks to a steal in the third inning. Betts went 2-for-2 with a walk before taking the rest of the game off, raising his league-leading average to .346, and leaving him within sight of .350, which no Red Sox hitter has reached since Nomar Garciaparra hit .372 in 2000.

-- Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs, giving him 100 RBIs for the first time in his career. Garciaparra was the last Red Sox shortstop to reach that number, back in 2003.

-- J.D. Martinez launched a three-run homer, his 42nd of the season, increasing his league-leading RBI total to 127. He also went 3-for-5 and is hitting .330.

-- Third baseman Rafael Devers continued stating an emphatic case to start in the postseason by going 4-for-5 with two homers and six RBIs. He now has 21 homers on the season.

-- Blake Swihart went back-to-back with Devers, giving him three homers for the season.

Add all that offense together and it was another pummeling of the Orioles, who now trail the Red Sox by 60 1/2 games.

The only bit of bad news was the performance of starter David Price, who struggled with his command after being staked to a 5-0 lead. Price allowed six hits and three runs in five innings, walking three and allowing a pair of homers.

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