Rafael Devers hit a pair of home runs with six RBIs and Xander Bogaerts drove in four runs to reach the 100-RBI mark as the Boston Red Sox added to their franchise-best victory total Wednesday with a 19-3 rout over the visiting Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a day/night doubleheader.
Five of the Red Sox’s 22 hits were home runs, including one for Bogaerts and one for J.D. Martinez, whose 42nd of the season also gave the Red Sox their 200th on the year. Boston hit 168 home runs last season.
Martinez is now tied with Dick Stuart (1963) for most home runs in a debut season with the Red Sox. Devers has 21 home runs while Bogaerts hit his 22nd. Blake Swihart added a homer, his third.
The Red Sox took control in the opening inning with a two-run double from Bogaerts, and a three-run double from Devers. The game was scheduled after Tuesday night’s game was rained out.
The Red Sox became just the 15th team to win at least 107 games, and the first since the 2006 Seattle Mariners won 116. With just 51 defeats, the Red Sox matched a season high by moving 56 games over .500.
The Orioles lost for the 112th time this season, tied for sixth most in the modern era with the 1952 Pittsburgh Pirates. It is the most losses in a season since the 2003 Detroit Tigers lost 119 games.
The Orioles hit two second-inning home runs, getting a solo shot from Trey Mancini, his 24th, and a two-run shot from Renato Nunez, his eighth. Baltimore then loaded the bases on a single and two walks with one out before Red Sox starter David Price escaped that jam.
Price (16-7) gave up three runs on six hits over five innings with three walks and six strikeouts. The left-hander’s victory came after his six-decision win streak was snapped last Wednesday when he gave up six runs to the New York Yankees.
The Red Sox also had nine doubles, by nine different players, to increase their major league-leading total to 344. Devers had four hits, while Martinez and Andrew Benintendi had three hits each. MVP candidate Mookie Betts reached base three times.
In his first career start and 17th career appearance, Orioles right-hander Ryan Meisinger (2-1) recorded just one out, giving up five runs on four hits with a walk. It was his first career loss.
–Field Level Media