Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox’ 12-5 win over the Texas Rangers:
“Usually he’s involved in a play where it’s going to be meaningful. And he demonstrated it in both ways today. Offensively with a home run . . . Cuts down a run at the plate [the next half inning]. He’s a smart player all the way around. Exceptional baserunner, a very good defender and had the ability to have the knack for timely hitting.” - John Farrell said on Brock Holt play Sunday and his overall value to the team.
“No, I’ve got all my faith in God. So I don’t care about that stuff. Just play the game and let it happen.” - Sandy Leon on if he was concerned about his situation with Ryan Hanigan being reactivated.
“Didn’t really think it was a matter of throwing strikes. Some of those guys -- they’re aggressive and you come at them with strikes and they can hurt you early. We were kind of trying to expand the zone a little bit. Got into some counts where they weren’t swinging at them -- I didn’t execute those pitches out of the strike zone well enough to draw swings. And then got into a situation where I had to come back into the strike zone and they did some damage on that.” - Rick Porcello on his approach in the first inning and why Texas was able to plate four runs.
“I don’t know that I’m surprised [at how I’ve bounced back]. I wish [my concussion symptoms] wouldn’t have lasted as long. I’m still working through some stuff . . . I’m not sure [on my rest schedule] they’ve been asking me how I feel and stuff like that . . . I don’t know how it’s going to play out but we’ll see.” - Holt on how he has bounced back from his concussion and still managing the issues that have come with it.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity, I didn’t know if I was going to get another one or not. I’m looking forward to being able to prepare for that next start -- and know when it is. A lot of times when you’re getting called up from the minor leagues you’re on kind of a wacky schedule. The last game I threw was on a week’s rest. So it’s nice to be able to have some type of idea to be able to plan for the next one. But yeah, very excited for the opportunity.” - Sean O’Sullivan on getting the nod to start Friday’s game.
* Dustin Pedroia’s home run in the seventh was his 500th career extra-base hit. Pedroia is the 11th Red Sox hitter to have 500 extra-base hits (359 doubles, 15 triples, 126 home runs)
* Sandy Leon had his second career four-hit game, improving his season average to .500. The switch-hitting catcher became the fifth Boston backstop to have four hits and three doubles in a game.
* David Ortiz’s two doubles move him past Carl Yastrzemski for 12th on the all time extra-base hit list with 1,159. Ortiz leads the league with 34 double and broke his own record of most doubles by a Red Sox hitter prior to the All-Star break (33 in 2004).
* Brock Holt gave the Red Sox a 5-4 lead with his two-run home run in the third. That was his fourth of the season, all of which have come with a runner on. Of Holt’s 10 career homers, five of his have given the Red Sox the lead.
1) Brock Holt
Holt knocked his first ball out of the yard since returning from the DL to give Boston the lead, and preserved that led when he gunned down Nomar Mazara at the plate after Ian Desmond’s 2-out single
2) Rick Porcello
Porcello had a rough go in the first frame, giving up four runs -- three earned -- and for five innings shut down the Texas lineup that had given Boston so much trouble a week ago.
3) Sandy Leon
Leon led the team with four hits, including three doubles -- of which he has eight on the year.