Bogaerts takes Felix deep with 10th home run

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SEATTLE — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has already matched his home run total from last season.

The right-handed hitter lofted a solo shot to left-center in the top of the sixth inning against Felix Hernandez on Thursday night at Safeco Field to give Boston a 2-1 lead.

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SEATTLE — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has already matched his home run total from last season.

The right-handed hitter lofted a solo shot to left-center in the top of the sixth inning against Felix Hernandez on Thursday night at Safeco Field to give Boston a 2-1 lead.

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In 2018, Bogaerts hit 10 homers in 571 at-bats. It took him just 209 at-bats to hit double figures this season.

Bogaerts joins teammates J.D. Martinez (22), Mookie Betts (18), Andrew Benintendi (12), Mitch Moreland (10) and Rafael Devers (10) to give the Red Sox a Major League-high of six players with 10 homers or more on the season.

By hammering a 2-2 pitch for the homer, Bogaerts notched his 28th hit of the season with two strikes. Fifteen of those two-strike hits have been for extra bases. Bogaerts has 276 two-strike hits since 2015, 16 more than any other hitter over that span.

Video: BOS@SEA: Bogaerts slides, tags second to start DP

Bogaerts also did some work in the field in the sixth inning. He started a double play with a nice sliding stop, tagging second with his glove for the first out before firing to first for the second out.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.