Rafael Devers wasn’t trying to make history, but he did.
The Boston third baseman became the first major league player to hit six hits and four doubles in a single game when the Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 7-6 in 10 innings Tuesday night.
Devers was 6-for-6 and drove in three runs for the Red Sox, who won after blowing a 6-1 lead.
The 22-year-old Dominican hit doubles in the first, sixth and 10th innings and singled in the third and eighth.
“Every hit was like a missile,” said teammate Jackie Bradley Jr., who homered in the 10th to help Boston win for just the fourth time in 16 games. “He hit the ball hard every time.”
Devers also made a costly mistake that allowed the Indians to close 6-5 in the seventh.
“I just tried to have a good at-bat at every opportunity,” Devers said. “I always feel confident, every day, every shift. Sometimes it happens that I don’t have a good game when I feel like this ”.
Chris Sale, the Red Sox starter who made his own history by becoming the fastest hitting 2,000 strikeout pitcher, was impressed with Devers’ achievement.
“Incredible,” he said. “That (his stats) is all there is to say. He is one of the best players in the league and has a chance to be the MVP. That is very special ”.
Devers wasn’t upset about the error, which occurred when he couldn’t deal with a routine roll.
“It happened,” he said. “It is a mistake that as soon as it happened, I tried to leave it behind. It’s a play I should have made. There are no excuses, but it gave a rare rebound ”. AP