Up next was Benintendi, and he unloaded for a three-run homer to right, the second of his career. Benintendi delivered the home run on a first-pitch 94-mph fastball from Brad Brach.
"I was trying to get something early in the count because I feel like this entire series, it feels like I've had two strikes on me every time," said Benintendi, who is ranked the club's No. 2 prospect. "Just looking for something out over the plate and put a good swing on it."
The 22-year-old continues to show how quickly he can make adjustments and compete at the highest level -- despite being in Double-A just seven weeks ago.
"There's a lot to like," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He's a good-looking young player. You watch him in the batter's box, as we've said, no panic in his swing, very calm, very smooth in all his actions, and for a young kid who steps into this pennant race, he's responded very well."
The only thing that has knocked Benintendi for a loop so far is that left knee sprain he suffered at Tropicana Field on Aug. 24, which at the time cast a doubt on whether he would play again this season.
The left fielder returned on Sept. 13, giving the Red Sox a spark in the No. 9 spot. Don't be surprised if he moves up to the sixth spot in the coming days.
"I've thought about it," said Farrell. "When we have our normal starting lineup in there, when Hanley [Ramirez] is in our five hole, that six spot is a key spot for us. That would certainly lengthen our lineup out."
Once the Red Sox won Wednesday's game, there was only one thing left to do.