Xander Bogaerts signed a six-year contract extension with Red Sox, and he knows what that means. The organization expects him to win, and that’s exactly what he is doing.
Bogaerts has been an essential part of Red Sox this season. On Wednesday, he became a 30-100 player with two home runs and three RBIs in Boston seven games over Colorado. They completed the series with a two-game sweep against Colorado and proved a point in the wild-card chase.
Red Sox are now favorites after both Oakland and Tampa Bay lost on Wednesday. Red Sox still has 28 games play for the spot.
Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez won for the third time, though he wasn’t that effective. He got back up from Rafael Devers, Bogaert and J.D. Martinez.
Red Sox lead 2-1 in the fifth inning. Mookie Betts struck out on three pitches; Bogaerts hit his 29th homer to the right adding lead of 4-1. Martinez continued with a single, with two out, Christian Vazquez’s RBI put Sox 5-1.
Rodriguez gave up one out, Nolan Arenado homered, and Desmond doubled down the left-field in the fifth inning. Yonathan Daza and Tony Wolter took a chance when Arenado failed to score, and Rodriguez struck Ryan McMahon, they narrowed the lead to 5-3.
Cora ended Rodriguez night with a hit in the ninth. He earned three runs, three walks, and five strikeouts in five innings.
In the sixth, Josh Taylor was scoreless, Bogaert leads the seventh with his 30th homer. He is the only Red Sox shortstop to reach 30 homers. He also gave him 100 back to back RBI, Garciaparra is the last player to have done so in the 2002-03 season.