Red Sox hitters came through in the clutch in Game 4

Boston scored seven of its eight runs with two outs and converted in six out of seven innings that it had a runner in scoring position.

Jackie Bradley Jr. home run Game 4.
Jackie Bradley Jr. hits a home run in Game 4 of the ALCS. –Jim Davis / Globe Staff

Game 4 of the American League Championship Series will mostly be remembered for Andrew Benintendi’s clutch catch in left field and Mookie Betts’s controversial play in right – and deservedly so – but the Red Sox wouldn’t have emerged with an 8-6 win had it not been for incredibly timely hitting.

Boston scored seven of its eight runs with two outs and converted in six out of seven innings that it had a runner in scoring position.

The Red Sox have now averaged 6.5 runs per game in the playoffs. Granted, that stat is a bit skewed by the 16-1 shellacking against the Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, but it’s an accurate representation of the big picture trend.

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Boston has put up 7, 8, and 8 runs in the past three games against the Astros, who had by far the best ERA in baseball this season with a 3.11 mark. It’s been a string of timely hits from a variety of sources, and Wednesday was no exception.

The Red Sox jumped on starter Charlie Morton – who finished the regular season 15-3 with a 3.13 ERA – right away, and he only lasted 2 1/3 innings. Rafael Devers floated a single to left-center that plated Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez with two down, as the Red Sox scored two runs in the first inning for the third consecutive game.

Xander Bogaerts delivered a single to center that drove in Benintendi to make it 4-4 in the fifth, then Jackie Bradley Jr. continued his torrid stretch with a mammoth two-run shot to right. Again, there were two outs, and again the Red Sox produced.

That fifth inning was particularly noteworthy, as Christian Vazquez and Bradley made something out of nothing with two down. Brock Holt walked to bring home Martinez with two outs in the seventh, then Martinez singled home Betts with a pair retired in the eighth.

The only time the Red Sox didn’t convert with runners in scoring position was in the ninth, when Josh Reddick robbed Betts of a key hit. Benintendi had the last laugh, though, and now the Red Sox are one win away from the World Series.

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