It’s now three consecutive games with a home run from Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, the latest coming in Tuesday night’s win over the Oakland A’s. A three-run shot from Devers in the fourth inning gave Boston a 6-0 lead, who eventually won 6-1.
Devers is one of the league’s best offensive players this season, leading the MLB in hits with 84. He’s also got a batting average of .332 (4th in MLB), .978 OPS (7th), 15 home runs (14th), and 38 RBIs (28th). Of all hitters, Devers is also 3rd in wins above replacement (WAR) at 3.4.
According to Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe, Devers is the first Red Sox player since Manny Ramirez in 2001 with 15-plus home runs and 80-plus in the first 62 games of the season, and the sixth Boston player ever.
The Red Sox average 4.6 runs in the past three games, and Devers is a major reason why. He’s 3-of-11 in that span with 3 homers, five runs and seven RBIs. His two-run shot against Seattle Sunday was the only scoring in the entire game, giving Boston the 2-0 win.
Boston is red-hot in the month of June, winning 9-of-11 games to improve to 33-29. They’re 12 games back of the New York Yankees, but currently claim the third American League Wild Card spot.
Devers and the Red Sox run it back with Oakland Wednesday night, where first pitch is at 7:35 p.m. ET.