Red Sox Wrap: Kyle Schwarber Makes Alex Cora Look Great Against Mets

Boston dominated New York, 12-5


Absolute domination.

The Boston Red Sox on Wednesday finished off the New York Mets 12-5, extending their winning streak to seven in a game where every starter got a hit.

With the win, Boston improves to 88-65 on the season while New York falls to 73-79.

Here’s the full box score.

— The Red Sox keep making Alex Cora look really, really good.

Taking Bobby Dalbec out of the lineup wasn’t an easy decision with how hot the infielder has been at the plate, not to mention his defense. But it’s also hard to keep Kyle Schwarber out, and in his start at first base Wednesday, he went 3-for-4 with four runs, four RBI and a walk.

Schwarber got it going for the Red Sox in the bottom of the first with a 434-foot homer and did the same in the second — this time 405 feet to drive in José Iglesias and Kiké Hernández.

In the third inning, he somehow squeezed a double out of what should have been a pop fly up the first base line and ultimately ended up scoring.

— It’s heartbreaking the Red Sox didn’t acquire Iglesias six days earlier but bringing him back to Boston has paid off. Entering the game Wednesday he was hitting .406 in 14 games for the team that claimed him off waivers.

He was 1-for-3 with two runs, two RBI and a walk. Not to mention, Iglesias had barely played second base before his second stint with the team, but he turned a stunning 4-6-3 double play with a little flare.

Sadly, he won’t qualify for postseason play, but he’s made his time count.

— Chris Sale seems to make it to this section every time he pitches. Wednesday he offered five full innings and kept the K Men on the Green Monster at Fenway Park pretty busy, recording eight strikeouts. He scattered six hits but got out of a few jams and gave up just two earned runs. He made Javier Baez look absolutely silly with a slider for a swinging strikeout and improved to 5-0 with a 2.57 ERA.

— In a game where every starter recorded a hit, six of them had doubles, but Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez and Hunter Renfroe each had multi-hit games.

Boston was a favorite entering the game (-170) per DraftKings Sportsbook, and if you made a $100 wager the second you saw the team roll onto the field in their yellow uniforms, you profited $170.

The Red Sox get a day off Thursday before their biggest series yet: a three-game set against New York. The Yankees hare two games back of the Red Sox in the race for the top wild-card spot in the American League. First pitch Friday is 7:10 p.m. from Fenway Park.

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