The Boston Red Sox blew out the New York Mets Wednesday night, behind Kyle Schwarber and his two long balls that equated for four of Boston’s 12 runs.
Schwarber’s first big fly, a solo shot, put the Sox on the board 1-0, and J.D. Martinez made it 2-0 with an RBI single later that inning.
Kiké Hernandez kept the damage going in the second, as he drove in one with a double, before Schwarber belted a three-run shot into the right field seats on a high fastball well above the zone to make it 6-1.
Alex Verdugo added an RBI double in the third, before Jose Iglesias knocked in two with a triple to put New York’s deficit at nine. Rafael Devers added his name to the many with RBI as he knocked in one while grounding into a double play in the fourth.
The Sox remained relentless, as Iglesias grabbed the 10th run on an RBI groundout while Travis Shaw made it 11-1 in the fifthth with an RBI on an error. Verdugo rounded it out with an RBI on a groundout in the sixth for Boston’s 12th run.
Chris Sale moves to 5-0
Chris Sale went five strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while he struck out six Mets batters.
The lefty gave up a run after walking Javier Baez to start the inning, as Jeff McNeil roped a two-out double into left for New York’s first run of the game.
Another leadoff walk lead to a run in the fifth — Sale walked James McCann, and he was moved over on a groundout before being driven in by a Francisco Lindor single. Sale moves to 5-0 on the year, and has a 2.57 ERA since returning.
Matt Barnes struggles
Matt Barnes wasn’t his best, as he couldn’t even make it out of the sixth inning without some help. He walked J.D.Davis to begin the inning, which was followed up by a Jonathan Villar single.
The righty got one out via a flyout but loaded the bases on another walk before being relieved by Ryan Brasier.
Brasier got out of the inning only allowing a run that came on a sac fly.
With the win, the Sox extend their Wild Card lead and move to 88-65 on the year. With the sweep of the Mets for their seventh straight win, they’ll host the Yankees for a three-game weekend series.
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