Thursday, August 23, 2018

Bogie Goes Yard Twice, Benny Rakes, Bullpen Holds In 10-4 Win Over Tribe

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This one was definitely needed. The Red Sox remained the only MLB team to avoid a four-game losing streak by drubbing the Indians last night, 10-4. After falling behind 2-0 in the first (on one of two HRs by Edwin Encarnacion), Boston stormed back with one in the bottom of the opening frame. Then, the deluge. The Red Sox plated five runs in the fourth—highlighted by the first of two solo HRs by Xander Bogaerts and a bases-clearing three-run double by Andrew Benintendi. Boston starter Brian Johnson could only make it through 4.1 innings—yielding three earned runs. Five bullpen arms closed things out, with Matt Barnes earning his fifth win of the year. Other offensive contributors were: Mitch Moreland (2-4, HR, R, 2 RBIs); J.D. Martinez (2-4, 2 RBIs); Blake Swihart (104, R, RBI) and Jackie Bradley, Jr. (2-4, 2 R). The win—coupled with a loss by The Evil Ones—pushed Boston's lead in the AL East back up to nine games.