Jackie Bradley's 2 HRs leads the Sox in a sweep of the A's
ON THIS DATE (May 11, 2016) ... Jackie Bradley hit two more home runs and drove in six runs as the Red Sox again hammered the Oakland Athletics, 13-3, before 33,282 at Fenway Park. Bradley was 3 for 5 and extended his hit streak to 17 games, the longest active run in the majors. He has homered five times in the last seven games.
Bradley had a three-run homer in the second inning, a run-scoring double in the fifth, and a two-run homer in the eighth. In the three-game sweep of Oakland, he was 8 of 14 with three home runs and 13 RBIs.
Not since Nomar Garciaparra had 14 RBIs against Seattle in May 1999 has a Red Sox player driven in as many runs in a three-game set.
Over time, Bradley learned to be more aggressive early in counts and focus on simply making good contact with the barrel of the bat. He also has gotten stronger as he has gotten older, which has helped turn singles into doubles and fly balls into home runs. In his last 83 games, Bradley has hit .306 with 48 extra-base hits and 67 RBIs.
Bradley is 26 of 64 (.406) in his streak with 5 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs, and 24 RBIs. For the season, he is hitting .322 with a .977 OPS.
The Sox lead the league in scoring and Bradley is second on the team with 28 RBIs, one fewer than David Ortiz.
Rick Porcello (6-1) was the latest Red Sox starter to benefit from bountiful run support. He went 62/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. The right-hander walked two, struck out five, and threw 115 pitches, his most this season.
Oakland recalled lefthander Eric Surkamp from the minors to start the game. He managed to get through the first inning before giving up four runs. Chris Young doubled in the second inning before Surkamp hit Travis Shaw with his next pitch. With two outs, Bradley got a fastball over the plate and dropped it on the roof of the Red Sox bullpen in right-center. Dustin Pedroia walked, stole second, and scored on a two-out double by Young in the second inning. Mookie Betts singled with one out in the fourth inning against Ryan Dull and scored when Pedroia homered into the Monster Seats. It was his sixth.
The Red Sox blew the game open in the fifth inning. Lefthander Marc Rzepczynski allowed singles by Shaw and Christian Vazquez to start the inning. Bradley followed with an RBI double to center field.
Andrew Triggs was the next Oakland reliever. Vazquez scored when Betts grounded to shortstop. With two outs, Xander Bogaerts singled and Ortiz drew a walk to extend the inning. Hanley Ramirez then lined a double to the gap in left-center and two runs scored.
The Red Sox have won four straight, six of eight, and nine of their last 12 games to improve to 21-13. In their three-game sweep of Oakland, the Sox scored 40 runs on 48 hits, 21 of them for extra bases. They have scored 13 or more runs in three consecutive games for the first time in franchise history.