Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves
"Any time you let a team down, you want the ball. To not have to wait too many days and be able to go out there and do it tonight, especially after such a great job Rick did..it's a big win for us.'' -- Closer Craig Kimbrel on redeeming himself after Sunday's blown save.
"He was dominating the strike zone, throwing four-seamer, sinkers, changeups, curveballs. He had it all working tonight. He was was able to pitch deep into the ballgame and set us up pretty good. He did a great job.'' -- Kimbrel on starter Rick Porcello.
"We needed a starter to go deep and he did that. He was in command the entire time out there. A quality outing and a much-needed one, the way this one turned out.'' -- John Farrell on Porcello.
"The greatest character trait for a closer is a short-term memory.'' -- Farrell on Kimbrel.
"One swing of the bat was the difference in this one. Jackie's got to be feeling good about himself the last two days.'' -- Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr.
* The Braves have not hit a homer in 14 games.
* The Red Sox improved to 153-88 in interleague play since 2003, the best mark in baseball.
* The Sox hit two doubles -- one from Mookie Betts, one from Christian Vazquez -- to add to their major-league in that category. They now have 49.
* Xander Bogaerts stole his third base of the season. The Red Sox have been successful in 16-of-18 tries this season.
* For the first time in the span of six games, the Red Sox didn't score a run in the first inning.
* Boston improved to 10-1 when leading after seven innings.
1) Rick Porcello
Porcello continued to do what he's done each time this season -- go (relatively) deep into games and leave with the lead. He barely allowed a hard-hit ball all night until he yielded a one-out double in the seventh to A.J. Pierzynski.
2) Jackie Bradley Jr.
With both Hanley Ramirez and David Ortiz out of the starting lineup, the Red Sox had to scratch for some offense and Bradley delivered the only run they'd need with a solo homer in the seventh.
3) Craig Kimbrel
After giving up a two-run homer to blow a ninth-inning lead in Houston, Kimbrel came back with a 1-2-3 inning and two-strikeouts to preserve the one-run lead.