The Boston Red Sox have won five of their last seven games despite some less-than-stellar pitching.
And they have Xander Bogaerts in large part to thank.
Bogaerts stayed scorching hot Monday night, going 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored to help the Red Sox defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8 at Fenway Park.
With that performance, the Sox shortstop now has recorded at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored in seven consecutive games. That puts Bogaerts in some very elite company.
Xander Bogaerts is the 6th Red Sox player to record at least 1 hit, 1 run, and 1 RBI in 7 straight games. The others are Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Jimmie Foxx, Joe Cronin, and Troy O’Leary. Williams had an 11-game streak in 1950.— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) July 16, 2019
Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Jimmie Foxx and Joe Cronin all have their numbers retired at Fenway Park and are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, while Troy O'Leary was a solid outfielder for Boston in the late 1990s.
Bogaerts still has four games to go to catch Williams (the Chicago Cubs' Ray Grimes owns the MLB record of 17 consecutive games with an RBI) but he's still put up some eye-popping numbers of late.
The 26-year-old has amassed 12 hits in that seven-game span to raise his batting average to .307 while adding 12 RBIs and four home runs since July 4.
Bogaerts has been Boston's best hitter in a lineup with plenty of big bats as he continues to earn every dollar of his recent contract extension.
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