BOSTON – Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-5 win over the Astros:
“It feels good. Hitting is the toughest part of the game. Being able to produce, even in my last season, being able to help this ball club is something I work extremely hard [to do]. And it’s not over . . . I thought they were going to pitch around but I tried to stay aggressive.” - David Ortiz on his play early in the season and his approach against Michael Feliz after a wild pitch moved Xander Bogaerts into scoring position.
“We travel to all these ballparks and he’s presented gifts, but I think our fans are getting the greatest gift of all -- and that is what David [Ortiz is] doing game-in and game-out. I don’t know that we’ve seen too many triples, but to see that big guy rumbling around the bases and the energy that he had; and then come up in an opportunity where we thought they might not even pitch to him . . . What David’s doing -- it really is incredible to watch David.” - John Farrell on another clutch performance by David Ortiz.
“Didn’t need a double, didn’t need a triple or need a homer. Just needed a base-hit to [bring] Papi home and everybody was playing back. If I get the bunt down -- how it’s supposed to be done -- he would’ve scored . . . It’s not about me, it’s about winning the game. That’s the thing, I’m not a selfish guy. I don’t care about the hit, I just want to bring that guy from third to home plate and win the game.” - Hanley Ramirez on electing to bunt in the ninth inning after David Ortiz’s game-tying triple.
“No I didn’t try to treat it any different. I just wanted to get hits and help the team out.” - Jackie Bradley Jr. on batting second in Boston’s lineup with Dustin Pedroia taking the day off.
“Really frustrating. We play to win and we won, [so] that cures a little bit of it. It’s got me scratching my head at points . . . [I’ve] got to find a way to minimize the damage in the first couple of innings.” - Clay Buchholz on his less than impressive start to his five-run outing.
* David Ortiz’s game-winning double the 600th of his career and his 20th regular season walk-off hit. He now joins Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds as the only players to hit 600 doubles and 500 home runs.
* Jackie Bradley, Jr. extended his hitting streak to 20 games with his first inning single -- his only hit of the game. This marks Boston’s longest streak since Ortiz’s 27-game run from 7/2/12-5/7/13.
* Xander Bogaerts has had multiple hits in his last six games, a career long streak. He’s hit safely in 10 of his last 11, including seven multi-hit games.
1) David Ortiz
Boston’s designated hitter continues to defy time, tying the game in the ninth and winning it in the eleventh with an extra-base hit. He also hit his 10th home run of the season -- clearing the bullpen in right-center.
2) Xander Bogaerts
With all the hype surrounding Ortiz, Bogaerts was tied in to four of Boston’s six runs, scoring three and knocking in one. His last two were the game-tying and game-winning runs.
3) Junichi Tazawa
On a day where pitching got away from Boston, their seventh inning reliever righted the ship, entering the game with two runners on base and getting out of the jam. He would throw a scoreless inning after, with Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara following suit.