Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-4 win over the Blue Jays:
* “Today was a hard one to get it over the plate. The five walks definitely hurt me. I’ve got to give credit to [Toronto], they made me throw a lot of pitches . . . Five innings to me is a little bit of a let-down . . . So it’s nice that [the bullpen] came in and picked it up.” - Steven Wright said on his start, and the bullpen’s four-inning performance.
* “It was an aggressive send by [third base coach Brian Butterfield], a very good decision on his part. Blake [Swihart] not giving up and one heck of a slide to avoid the tag at the plate -- that run looms large.” - John Farrell said about Blake Swihart scoring in the sixth on a close play at the plate.
* “I’m not happy it’s over -- obviously you want to have more games with a hit . . . You have no idea how relieving it is to wake up in the morning and start over again and try to do it from scratch again. No pressure. I have the whole island back at home rooting for me when I had that streak going on, so it was a bit nerve-wracking. But it was fun. But it’s over now.” - Xander Bogaerts said about his 26-game hit streak ending and bouncing back with a 3-4 performance the next day.
* “He’s done it for so long, so he knows how everything goes. It’s just fun being a part of more than amazing. I think he’s got more left, too.” - Mookie Betts said on David Ortiz after Boston’s DH went 1-3 with a walk and two RBI in the win over Toronto.
* Dustin Pedroia extending his hitting streak to 12 games with his first inning double off of Marcus Stroman. Pedroia’s now 7-15 in his career against Stroman and batting .392 (20-51) with six doubles during his streak. Pedroia has not hit safely in his last 25 games against Toronto, tying Vladimir Guerrero for the second longest streak against Toronto in MLB history.
* Xander Bogaerts has now had a hit in 39 of his last 42 games, batting .394 in that stretch. He leads the AL with 25 multi-hit games, second in all of baseball. Mookie Betts and David Oritz are tied for second in the AL with 23 multi-hit games.
* With his two RBI in the game, David Ortiz leads the majors with 53 RBI and 17 multi-RBI performances.
1) Xander Bogaerts
After seeing his hitting streak snapped Friday night, Boston’s shortstop went 3-4 with a double and two runs. He also made a heads up base running decision in the third.
2) Blake Swihart
Although he left in the seventh with an ankle injury, Swihart reached base safely in all of his three plate appearances, scoring once and knocking in a run with his second inning double. He also was able to avoid Russell Martin’s tag on a play at the plate, which proved to be a pivotal run in the two-run win.
3) Steven Wright
With the starting rotation teetering, Boston’s knuckleballer went five innings, allowing three unearned runs, plenty enough for Boston’s lineup.
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