Chicago: Brayan Bello threw six semi - brilliant innings last night and the Sox reversed their small ball curse by launching five home runs into the stands and one into the basket to extend their winning streak into the back side of the All-Star Break.
Over the Red Sox five game win streak a lot was made of the scratch it out grind it out style of ninety feet method of baseball they played to get to their fifth. Well now that number stands at six straight and nine of their last ten and in a little more than a weeks time the old town team is six games over .500 . But last night was not station to station baseball.
Raffy Devers got the show started with the first of his two home runs on the night in the second with a 417 foot shot to dead center. Adam Duval promptly deposited his own solo shot 425 feet into left. The heat was on, the wind was blowing out and the Sox were taking advantage.
Devers homered again in the top half of the third and faster than Jarren Duran can turn a single into a double the Sox were up 4-0. And the home run trots kept on coming. Triston Cases even got into the act depositing a solo shot into mommy's shopping basket that lines the ivy covered walls of Wrigley field. Justin Turner of the I now play second base Turners hit a two run shot in the seventh plating himself and Masataka Yoshida who now owns eight straight multi hit games. Yu Chang joined the gang in the top of the ninth to end the scoring at 8-3.
Brayan Bello was his usual mellow self on the hill going 6 innings striking out five and walking no one on the night, earning his fourth win in his last five starts. He scattered 8 hits though two of those were home runs off the bat of the rejuvenated Cody Bellinger. The pen did it's job until the ninth when they loaded the bases on Tayler Scott forcing Alex Cora to go to his lone all-star Kenley Jansen to throw three pitches for three strikes and the third out its the forth time in his career he's done this. only Trevor Hoffman has more with five.
The evening wasn't perfect. Boston was 0-6 with RISP but things like that always get lost in a game like we all witnessed last night in Chicago. But the Sox are doing what they couldn't for the most part of the “ first half “ of the season. They are winning games they are supposed to win. Boston is now two games over .500 on the road, four games over .500 at home, six games above .500 on the season. WOW MATH. lets see if they can keep this up and make Blooms trade deadline choice a bit harder.
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