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Saturday, June 11, 2011
Red Sox stay red hot


On May 11, the Boston Red Sox lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, falling to 17-20. With their win vs Toronto Saturday, they are now an MLB-best 21-6 since that loss. The Red Sox are in the midst of a season-high eight game win streak thanks to an offensive explosion.

They tallied a season-best 16 runs in their latest victory over the Blue Jays and have scored five or more runs in each of the wins during the streak. That streak of eight straight wins with five runs scored in each game is the longest in the majors this season.

It's the longest such streak by the Red Sox since they did it in 10 straight games in 2006. Since 1980 Boston has done so only one other time, when they had a 10 game streak during the 1995 season.

As a team the Red Sox are batting .319 with a .530 slugging percentage during the streak. They have 100 hits over this stretch, 40 of which have been extra-base hits.

At the forefront of this offensive explosion has been David Ortiz who hit his 16th home run of the season on Saturday (June 11). That is the earliest he has hit his 16th home run since 2006, when he went on to hit 54 home runs.

Ortiz is one of three Red Sox regulars hitting .400 or better during the win streak joining Jacoby Ellsbury (.450 batting average) and Adrian Gonzalez (.406). Gonzalez, with an RBI on Saturday, has now driven in a run in each of his last eight games, the longest streak of his career.

Elsewhere around the diamond:

• Despite a loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jose Reyes (2-for-4) of the New York Mets notched his MLB-leading 32nd multi-hit game this season in just 61 games played. Reyes is the only player in franchise history with 30 or more multi-hit games in the teams first 64 games played of a season.

It's still early but if Reyes can keep up this pace, according to Elias he would be the first player since Joe Medwick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1937 to finish a season with multiple hits in more than half of his games (minimum: 100 games played).

• Tim Lincecum allowed a career-high seven earned runs in four innings pitched in the San Francisco Giants loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

How bad of a day was it for Lincecum? Game score, a metric devised by Bill James, measures a pitcher's single-game performance based on on IP, runs, hits, strikeouts and walks. The average score is around 50 and most games are between 0-100. According to this metric, Lincecum's performance was the worst of his career.