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Carl Crawford’s sudden surge fuels another Red Sox rout

Carl Crawford, Terry Francona, Dustin Pedroia

Boston Red Sox’s Carl Crawford (13) is greeted at the dugout by manager Terry Francona, right, and Dustin Pedroia after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, May 25, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)


Although he was just a triple away from the cycle, Carl Crawford was pulled early from Wednesday’s rout of the Indians. As if to make up for it, he tripled twice today as part of a second straight four-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 14-1 in a rain-shortened game.

It’s the first time in his career that Crawford has had back-to-back four-hit days and the eighth time he tripled twice. He homered and doubled twice on Wednesday, giving him five extra-base hits in two days, and he’s raised his average from .212 to .240.

With Crawford streaking, the Red Sox have won their last two games by a combined score of 28-3. Today they roughed up one of the AL’s best pitchers in Max Scherzer. They’re the first team since the Rangers on Aug. 10 & 12, 2008 to score 14 runs in back-to-back games.

(Incidentally, the 2008 Rangers lost the second of those games, 19-17, to the Red Sox.)