BOSTON -- While the Red Sox continue to set a high-water mark in the wins department, their players continue to do the same with individual numbers down the stretch.There were numerous standout performances in the first half of Boston's day-night doubleheader versus Baltimore, with Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Xander
BOSTON -- While the Red Sox continue to set a high-water mark in the wins department, their players continue to do the same with individual numbers down the stretch.
There were numerous standout performances in the first half of Boston's day-night doubleheader versus Baltimore, with Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts adding additional stamps to the season in Wednesday afternoon's 19-3 win, its franchise-best 107th victory, at Fenway Park.
"We put up some good at-bats," said manager Alex Cora. "Obviously, I just start looking at individual accomplishments -- Xander with 100 RBIs, 30-30 [Betts], 20 homers [Rafael Devers], 40 doubles [Andrew Benintendi], it's good for them. To put good at-bats after good at-bats after good at-bats, that's a good sign."
After sending all nine batters to the plate in a five-run first inning, Betts led off the second with a walk. On an 0-2 pitch to Benintendi, Betts broke for second base. Arriving just ahead of the tag, the Red Sox's center fielder recorded his 30th stolen base of the season, a career high that also put him in exclusive company, as he became the 40th player in MLB history to collect 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a season.
Betts joined Cleveland's Jose Ramirez as the second player to do so this season, and Jacoby Ellsbury (2011) as the second Red Sox player to accomplish the feat.
In the fourth inning, Martinez took a 2-0 offering from John Means and launched it over the Green Monster Seats in left field, onto Landsdowne Street. It was the 42nd long ball this season for Boston's designated hitter, tying him with Dick Stuart (1963) for most home runs by a player in their first season with the Red Sox. Martinez's blast traveled 404 feet with an exit velocity of 105.9 mph, according to Statcast™.
"They've been doing everything, Mookie with 30-30, J.D. just swatting balls out," said Bogaerts. "We're having an amazing time this year. This is the best team I've been a part of, talent-wise and the coaching staff. It's just been amazing."
Bogaerts got into the long-ball fray in the sixth, directing his 22nd home run of the season, a two-run blast, 409 feet to dead center. The Red Sox's shortstop, who drove in two with a double in the first inning, collected his career-best 100th RBI of the year on the homer.
"It's probably one of the best accomplishments I've had so far," said Bogaerts. "Especially to do it in that way and on a win, I think it's even much better."
"Bogey kind of flies under the radar, with Mookie and J.D. stealing all the headlines," said Red Sox starter David Price. "For Bogey to drive in 100 runs -- and that's hitting after J.D., who has driven in almost 130 runs, which means J.D. isn't leaving a whole lot of guys on base for Bogey to drive in. So that means Bogey has come up with a lot of big hits with runners on base. He's swung the bat extremely well with the bases loaded this year, and that's always big."
Boston's 22 hits included doubles from nine players and five home runs -- two from Rafael Devers, who drove in six.
Price allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over five innings to pick up his 16th win of the season.
The Red Sox's 14 extra-base hits are the most in a single game by any team this season and the most by a Boston lineup since it put up 17 against the St. Louis Browns on June 8, 1950.
HE SAID IT
"Man, he does not leave anything for no one. He just racks up all the RBIs by a home run. The home run he hit he just brought everyone home, and now I've got to hit with no one on and try to go [for a] two-run homer. It's just not going to happen." -- Bogaerts, on hitting behind Martinez
Boston turns to left-hander Chris Sale (12-4, 2.00 ERA) for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against Baltimore, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Red Sox southpaw is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in three starts vs. the Orioles this season, having struck out 29 batters in 16 innings.
Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com.