BOSTON – When Darren Lewis roamed center field at Fenway Park from 1998 to 2001, then manager Jimy Williams claimed there were “RBI” in Lewis’ glove.

The meaning was that Lewis, a career .250 hitter, was as valuable for the runs he prevented as much as the one he produced.

And that brings us to Jackie Bradley Jr., whose glove is praised. But his bat, until recently, has been a drag.

Bradley, 24, showed off the whole package Sunday with some sensational plays, along with a 2-for-4 day at the plate, including an 11-pitch walk.

“The extra work he is putting in is starting to pay off,” said Red Sox Manager John Farrell. “He’s starting to reproduce a more consistent swing path, using the whole field.”

Bradley is batting .218, but is hitting .295 in his last 13 games (13 for- 44).

“I’m competing and feeling really good at the plate right now,” Bradley said. “I haven’t really changed anything. I just opened my stance up for comfort.”

In the field, Bradley threw out Manny Machado, trying to score on a fly ball to center. Bradley also just missed throwing out Steve Pearce, scoring from second base on a single to center.

Bradley’s 10 outfield assists are tied for the lead in the American League with Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes and Cleveland’s Michael Brantley.

But the play of the game came in the ninth, with one runner on and two outs. Bradley twisted his way back on a deep shot by Machado, making a leaping grab before falling against the wall.

“I knew it was going to be over my head,” Bradley said. “Felt myself getting close to the wall and I wanted to get airborne before I got there.”

XANDER BOGAERTS IS desperately trying to break out of his slump and Sunday was promising – he went 2 for 4, including a sizzling single that just missed clearing the Green Monster.

Bogaerts entered the game in an 0-for-27 slump, including 0 for 4 Saturday

“Despite the results (Saturday), we saw a better approach (from Bogaerts), which slowed down his whole tempo,” Farrell said. Sunday “was a furthering of that.”

SUNDAY WAS MAINE DAY at Fenway Park, with several Mainers taking part in festivities.

Former pro pitcher Larry Gowell of Auburn sang the National Anthem. Gowell, 66, made one major league start in his career with the New York Yankees, giving up one run over five innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on Oct. 4, 1972, but lost 1-0. New York had only three hits, one of them a double by Gowell.

Gowell, a fourth-round draft pick by the Yankees in 1967 out of Edward Little High, made two major league appearances in 1972.

BRIAN BUTTERFIELD of Standish did not get to enjoy Maine Day. Butterfield, Boston’s third base coach, was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing that Orioles pitcher Ryan Webb was balking.

RYAN FLAHERTY, a Deering High graduate, was the only real Mainer playing on Maine Day, manning second base for Baltimore. He went 2 for 4 with a walk, run and an RBI.

ANOTHER FLAHERTY threw out the ceremonial first pitch, but he was no relation to Ryan. When the Red Sox announced that Eddie Flaherty was throwing out the first pitch, many media members assumed it was Ryan’s Father, University of Southern Maine baseball coach Ed Flaherty. But it turned out that Eddie Flaherty, of Baileyville, is an L.L. Bean employee (he drives the “bootmobile”). L.L. Bean sponsored Maine Day.

OTHER MAINE DAY participants included Michaela Boissonneault of Portland singing God Bless America and the Katahdin Area Council Boy Scouts acting as the color guard.

Ten recipients of Maine Red Sox Service Scholarships were also honored before the game. The 10 public high school graduates each won $1,000 scholarships, based on their academics, financial need and community service. They are: Bailey Banville (Marshwood), Brianna DeGone (Leavitt), Monique Mills (Skowhegan), Jacob Morrow-Spitzer (Portland), Katie Puiia (Mountain Valley), Keegan Quigley (Hampden), Bailey Ray-Smith (Narraguagus), Alexis Richards (Waterville), Evan Schweikert (Belfast) and Joshua Sullivan (Houlton).