Bogaerts extends hitting streak to 20 games

Bogaerts extends hitting streak to 20 games

TORONTO -- There is another hitting streak to follow when it comes to the Red Sox. Sizzling shortstop Xander Bogaerts has now hit in 20 straight games after drilling a single in Friday night's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays.

The career-long streak by Bogaerts is the second best in the Major Leagues this season.

Only Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who had his 29-game streak come to an end on Thursday, has had a better streak this season.

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"I'm just trying to go out there and get on base," said Bogaerts. "We have a lot of guys that can drive me in. I'm just trying to do the best I can."

The gifted right-handed hitter has reached safely in 32 of his last 34 games.

Since the start of the 2015 season, Bogaerts leads the Major Leagues with 264 hits.

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Over that span, Bogaerts has a .326 average, topped only by the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.