Bogaerts' 3-run dinger – MLB.com

BOSTON — If the early power from Chris Sale (nine strikeouts in five innings) and J.D. Martinez (two-run rocket in the first) wasn’t enough for the Red Sox to put away the pesky Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night, a towering three-run shot by Xander Bogaerts helped do the job.

Bogaerts, demonstrating the type of swing that was his norm in the early part of the season, belted one high and far over the Green Monster and onto Lansdowne Street in the bottom of the sixth in what wound up being the biggest hit of Wednesday’s 6-4 victory over the Athletics.

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BOSTON — If the early power from Chris Sale (nine strikeouts in five innings) and J.D. Martinez (two-run rocket in the first) wasn’t enough for the Red Sox to put away the pesky Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night, a towering three-run shot by Xander Bogaerts helped do the job.

Bogaerts, demonstrating the type of swing that was his norm in the early part of the season, belted one high and far over the Green Monster and onto Lansdowne Street in the bottom of the sixth in what wound up being the biggest hit of Wednesday’s 6-4 victory over the Athletics.

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“I mean, we were up 3-2, it was a tight game after [Marcus] Semien hit that home run,” said Bogaerts. “Just trying to get Sale some extra runs and get into our bullpen, since we knew he had a lot of pitches and was probably coming out.”

The win allowed the Red Sox to salvage the finale of a three-game series against Oakland, a team that took four of six from Boston for the season. Boston leads the Majors in wins with

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