Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox' 7-6 loss to the Houston Astros:
"I can't say that the rain had an effect on the action to the knuckleball. It may have caused some issues with grip; that's the one thing we were a little concerned about going into the game.'' - Farrell on Steven Wright and the weather.
"The most frustrating part is giving up the homer, period. Whoever it was, it doesn't really matter in that moment. It's giving up the homer to give them the lead.'' - Matt Barnes on allowing game-winning homer to his former college teammate, George Springer.
"Huge factor. It got the point where I couldn't keep anything dry, which, when you're trying to throw a pitch with your fingertips it makes it slippier and hard to get any pressure.'' - Wright on the rain.
"I thought about it, but at the same time, if I'm going to get beat, I'm going to get beat with my best pitch regardless.'' - Wright on whether he thought about throwing more fastballs and curves, which he could better grip.
"It's a really good lineup, from top to bottom. Guys are sticking with their approach and passing it on to the next person. Nobody's giving away any AB's.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on the Sox' offense.
* The loss was just the second in eight games against teams from the A.L. West this season.
* The five-run second inning marked the fifth time this season the Red Sox have scored five or more runs in a single frame this year.
* Travis Shaw's homer in the sixth extended the Red Sox' consecutive homer streak to 14 games, the team's longest since 2002.
* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 19 games, longest in the big leagues this season.
* Bradley has had multiple hits in each of his last six games.
* Of Shaw's 18 career homers, 12 have come at Fenway
* Since April 20, Xander Bogaerts leads the majors in hits with 38.
1) George Springer
The Astros outfielder got the best of the matchup against his former college teammate at UConn, Matt Barnes, drilling a two-run homer to left. Springer has three hits and four RBI and two runs scored.
2) Jose Altuve
The pesky second baseman reached base four times (three hits and a walk) and scored twice while knocking in a run.
3) Jackie Bradley Jr.
The hits keep coming for Bradley, who had three more hits -- a single to left, another single to center and double to right.