The Red Sox offense exploded for sixteen hits - including a pair of home runs from Mookie Betts - in an 11-1 win over the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park Tuesday night.
The victory, combined with the Yankees losing to the Rays, increased Boston's lead to four games over New York in the American League East. Both teams have eighteen games remaining in the regular season.
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Eduardo Rodriguez was the beneficiary of the Boston hit parade, turning in one of his better outings of the year. He went six innings allowing a first-inning run on just one hit. He walked four and struck out nine to even his record at 5-5.
The Red Sox scored five times in the bottom of the second, to erase an early 1-0 Athletics lead. Bogaerts, Vazquez and Pedroia each had RBI singles and Betts drove in two with his first triple of the season.
Boston scored twice in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach.
Betts now has 21 home runs and he became the first player in team history to produce back-to-back 20/20 seasons - home runs and stolen bases.
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