Bogaerts singles as hit streak reaches 25

AL batting leader five games shy of Garciaparra's Red Sox shortstop mark

Bogaerts singles as hit streak reaches 25

BALTIMORE -- Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts extended his career-high hitting streak to 25 games, blooping a single to center field in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 13-9 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards.

For the second straight night, Bogaerts extended his streak in his fourth at-bat, connecting on a 2-2 pitch from reliever Brad Brach. In his previous plate appearances, Bogaerts struck out and grounded out against starter Mike Wright and popped out against reliever Vance Worley.

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Bogaerts owns the Majors' second-longest hitting streak of the season, trailing only teammate Jackie Bradley Jr., who had a 29-game hitting streak snapped Thursday.

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The 23-year-old shortstop leads the American League with a .347 batting average and has hit safely in 37 of his past 39 games. He finished 1-for-5 for the second straight night and is batting .384/.420/.589 (43-for-112) during the streak.

Bogaerts is five games shy of tying Nomar Garciaparra for the longest hitting streak by a Red Sox shortstop. Garciaparra hit safely in 30 straight in 1997.

Ben Raby is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.