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Going, going, gone (again): Braves torch Sox pitching for MLB record

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Marcell Ozuna, Adam Duvall of the Atlanta Braves
Marcell Ozuna and Adam Duvall of the Atlanta Braves made MLB history when they each hit three HR in back-to-back games against the Red Sox.
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Seeing opposing hitters succeed against the 2020 Red Sox pitching staff isn't exactly breaking news.

After all, Boston pitchers have a MLB-worst 6.18 ERA, a major factor in the team's 12-25 record that's tied for the second-worst mark in the majors. 

But Atlanta's Marcell Ozuna and Adam Duvall didn't merely fare well against Boston's hurlers this week; they did something that no hitters have ever accomplished in major league history.

On Tuesday, Ozuna hit three home runs in a 3-for-5, 6 RBI performance in Atlanta's 10-3 win, becoming the first National League player in MLB history to go deep three times in a game at Fenway Park.

Then Duvall followed that up with his own 3-HR performance in the Braves' 7-5 win on Wednesday night, making the Braves the first team in history to have two players hit three home runs in consecutive games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Other teams have come close to accomplishing this feat, but Ozuna and Duvall's performance is the first of its kind.

In 1930, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig each hit three home runs in a game on consecutive days, although both days involved doubleheaders and the 3-HR games weren't back-to-back. And in 2001, Milwaukee's Jeromy Burnitz and Richie Sexson each hit three home runs in the same game against Arizona. 

However you slice it up, it's just the latest black mark against the Red Sox pitching staff in what is turning out to be an incredibly forgettable 2020 campaign.