Nationals

Trea Turner spends weekend setting records in Boston

Nationals

Trea Turner tied a Nationals record on Sunday when he picked up his eighth consecutive hit during a weekend torching of the Boston Red Sox. He also went on to set others.

His hitting streak ended when he struck out to end the top of the fourth inning. However, Turner singled in his next at-bat to start a new streak and set two records.

Turner’s 11 hits to that point set a Nationals record for most hits in a three-game series. The previous high of nine was achieved three times: Cristian Guzman against the Dodgers in 2008, Denard Span in 2014 versus Cincinnati, and Brad Wilkerson versus Philadelphia in 2005.

Turner also tied the record for most hits against the Red Sox in a three-game series with 11. Chuck Knoblauch put together 10 hits in 1999. Marty McManus (1929) and Sam Rice (1924) each had 11 hits in a series against Boston.

The torrid series vaulted Turner’s average from .309 to .360. He entered Sunday with the seventh-best OPS in Major League Baseball. Much of his work in this recent run has been up the middle or to the opposite field. The latter was previously rare for Turner, who explained Saturday he thinks allowing the ball to travel further has enabled him to produce better contact to the opposite field.

Juan Soto gathered enough plate appearances over the weekend to qualify for the league’s leaderboards. So, he and Turner are now tied at .360 for the major-league lead in batting average.