Sox homer-happy again: The Red Sox may not have the home run potential of the Yankees or the Twins, but of late, there are few teams as adept at hitting the ball out of the ballpark. After smashing three homers in the series opener Tuesday night, the Sox kept powering the ball, getting four homers at Coors Field: a two-run shot from J.D.Martinez to open the scoring; a solo shot from Rafael Devers (who broke out of an 0-for-15 with a three-hit night); and two homers from Xander Bogaerts. Together, the four homers produced six of the seven runs the Sox scored. They've now homered in 18 straight games (the franchise record is 22 straight, set in 2016) and in 30 of their last 31. Over the last 54 games -- exactly one-third of the season -- the Sox have hit exactly 100 homers, ranking them fifth in that span.
Ground made up: Part of what makes the Red Sox' wild card chase so difficult is that they've got two teams ahead of them in the race for the second wild card. So, in addition to having to win their own games, they need two teams in front of them to slip up. On Wednesday, it finally happened.