Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox’ 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles:
* “I was just determined to do something well today.” Mookie Betts said in an interview with NESN on why he had his big two home run game.
* “It feels tight a little bit, but it’s good . . . Felt something get tight in [my leg] and [when it] came to the fifth inning it was feeling like ‘it’s getting worse’. So I didn’t want to do something to [bother my leg]. I felt like I made the right decision to get out of the game before it got worse.” Rodriguez on his left hamstring injury.
* “I think the one thing you can state is he feels comfortable in this ballpark.” John Farrell on Betts at Camden Yards in 2016.
* “He has not changed his approach in the four-hole – doesn’t take on any added significance to the role.” Farrell on Betts changing his spot in the order.
* “I think we got this early. He felt a little bit of hamstring tightness come on towards the last hitter of the fourth inning. We checked him in between innings. There was no reduction of strength, range of motion -- but it was clear that the two pitches he threw to start the fifth, he was not right. He was definitely favoring it, so we got him out of the game at that time. He feels a little bit more loose -- I guess that’s the right word to use right now -- postgame. We’ll have a better read on this tomorrow.” Farrell on Rodriguez’s injury.
* Mookie Betts is hitting .426 with eight home runs, 17 RBI and 16 runs in 11 games against the Orioles.
* Betts owns Camden yards, posting a .476 average with seven home runs and 13 RBI in five games.
* Of his five games at Camden Yards, Betts has two two-home run games and one three-home run game.
* Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to eight games with his infield single in the third. Pedroia is 16-for-36 (.444) in that span.
* The Red Sox have won three cities in three cities in three days (vs. Arizona in Fenway, at Cleveland, at Baltimore).
* The Red Sox extend their winning streak to five games, their second-longest streak of the season to their 6-game tear from 7/6-7/16. It also marks their second five-game winning streak of the season.
1) Mookie Betts
Betts had his third multi-home run game at Camden Yards this year. The right fielder supplied all of the offense for Boston, knocking in all 5 runs with his two home runs.
2) Eduardo Rodriguez
Rodriguez was dominant in his 4+ innings of work, striking out seven Orioles hitters and only allowing two runners to reach base via the walk. Had he not injured his hamstring, he easily could’ve made a legitimate run at a no-hitter.
3) Matt Barnes
Although he had two runs to his name, Barnes deserved a better fate. He held up the no hitter into the seventh, but got zero help from Fernando Abad -- who continues to fail with inherited runners.