Christian Vazquez and the Red Sox continue to feel pretty good about themselves. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)
Same old story.
Red Sox score a bunch of runs. Steven Wright pitches well enough to hold the lead. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts get some hits.
This time the formula added up to a 10-3 win over the Rockies, giving the Red Sox their 13th win in their last 15 games at Fenway Park.
It was Bogaerts who once again defined the hosts relentless attack, kicking off a four-run fourth inning with his fifth homer of the season, launching a Chad Bettis offering well over the left field wall.
The homer extended the shortstop’s hit streak to 18 games, and increased his American League-leading hit total to 66.
Bradley Jr. also once again did his thing, stretching his hitting streak to 29 games with an opposite field single in the fourth inning. He would add a seventh-inning double to boost his batting average to .350, tops in the American League. and just slightly ahead of Bogaerts’ .349. (For more on JBJ’s hitting streak, click here.)
Also doing his part was Wright, who kept his ERA at 2.52 after allowing two earned runs over seven innings. He struck out seven, and walked two in throwing 117 pitches (the second-most the knuckleballer has totaled this season).
It was the seventh time this season Wright has allowed two or fewer earned runs while pitching 6 2/3 or more innings.
(For a complete box score, click here.)
The Red Sox came into Wednesday night leading the majors with 205 runs scored in Innings 1-6, with Cleveland a distant second at 166. John Farrell’s team added seven more to the total in their latest win.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
– Bradley Jr. showed off his arm once again, gunning down Carlos Gonzalez trying to stretch a ball off the left field wall into a double in the eighth inning. Bogaerts did pay the price on the play, getting spiked on his left hand, leading to the Red Sox medical staff bandaging the wound on the field. Bogaerts would ultimately be replaced for the final two half innings by Josh Rutledge.
– Travis Shaw, who came into the game having gone just 1-for15 on the homestand, rebounded with a two-hit night that included a double and three RBI.
– The Red Sox claimed four more doubles, giving them a major league-leading 121 on the season.
– Blake Swihart notched his first two extra-base hits of the season, both triples. It was the third time a Red Sox player had managed two triples in game this season, with Mookie Betts and Bradley Jr. each accomplishing the feat.
WHAT WENT WRONG
– Ryan Hanigan was forced to leave the game in the fourth inning due to illness. Hanigan was having a rough go of it with Steven Wright, succumbing to four passed balls.
– Also leaving the game early was Dustin Pedroia, who exited in the fifth inning with right hamstring tightness after leading off the frame with a double down the left field line. He was pinch-run for by Marco Hernandez.