Postgame notes: Iglesias hit streak ends at 18

Postgame notes: Iglesias hit streak ends at 18
June 20, 2013, 1:15 am
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Jose Iglesias will take his talents to Detroit after being traded to the Tigers in a three-way deal.

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BOSTON -- Jose Iglesias went 0-for-2 with a walk, ending his 18-game hitting streak. It had been the longest active hit streak in the majors, tied with the White Sox’s Alex Rios  for the longest by an American League player this season.

With the walk, Iglesias has reached base safely in a career-high 22 consecutive games with a plate appearance, with a .431 average, going 31-for-72, with six doubles, a home run, six RBI, and seven walks in the streak. The 22-game on-base streak is tied for the longest by a Red Sox this season, with Dustin Pedroia. It marks the longest single-season, on-base streak by a Red Sox rookie since Jacoby Ellsbury’s 26-game run from in 2007.
 
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Jonny Gomes went 2-for-4 Wednesday, driving in the Sox only two runs with RBI singles in the second and fourth innings. He is batting .379, going 11-for-29, with two doubles, two home runs, and six RBI in his last eight games. Gomes has multiple RBI in two games this series after entering the set with only one multi-RBI game all season (5 RBI vs. the Twins on May 8).

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Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-4 and has  recorded a hit in 53 of his 57 games this season, the most among major league leadoff batters. He has multiple hits in 10 of his last 18 games, with a .375 average, going 30-for-80 in that stretch.
 
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught all 27 innings in three games the past two days, including both ends of the doubleheader on Tuesday. He doubled in the fourth inning and now has 18 doubles in 57 games this year, surpassing his total in 121 games last year. His 18 doubles this season rank second among American League players as a catcher.
 
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Rays catcher Jose Molina went 3-for-4 Wednesday and is 12-for-23 (.522) against the Red Sox this season, his highest average  against any team in 2013 and the second-highest average for an opponent against the Red Sox this season (with a minimum of  20 at-bats) after Adrian Beltre (.524). Both of his three-hit games this year have come against the Sox (May 14 in Tampa Bay).  Overall, he is hitting .266. ... The Rays ended a five-game losing streak at Fenway Park. They scored six runs after totaling a combined five runs in their first five games at Fenway  this season.
 
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Right-hander Clayton Mortensen, on the disabled list with a right groin strain, will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket tonight at Columbus.