BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 5-2 win over the Indians:
“I was overthrowing and kind of out of my game a little bit. So really the third inning I was trying to get the ball down and get some quick outs.” - Rick Porcello said about adjusting after Cleveland’s two-run fifth inning.
“The way everybody’s hitting on this ball club is just . . . I will say takes a little bit of focus off the pitchers . . . It’s fun. You look at this lineup and when was the last time we had a lineup hitting like the way we are right now.” - David Ortiz on how he’s enjoyed being a part of Boston’s potent lineup.
“I think a lot of guys are flying under the radar . . . Up and down this lineup, it’s pretty special.” - Jackie Bradley Jr. said on Boston’s offense.
“We were all pretty disappointed.” - Mookie Betts said about Ortiz’s second ground-rule double bouncing out of play.
“I was hoping the fan could slap it back in play or something. I think I heard him mutter, ‘Man it was going to be hard to go three with a flat tire.’ So we kind of got a laugh out of that.” - Bradley said about Ortiz’s second ground rule double and the team’s reaction after the eighth inning ended.
* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a one-out single lined to right in the fifth off Danny Salazar.
* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 16 games in the first with a single through the right side off of Salazar. He has 12 RBIs during the stretch. He’s also hit safely in 28 of his last 30 games.
* Craig Kimbrel has now held hitters 1-29 (.034) in his last 10 games, striking out 15 over 10 innings.
* With his three RBIs, David Ortiz passed Gary Sheffield for 27th on the all-time RBI list with 1,678. Ortiz’s four hits tie a career high, a mark he’s reach 26 times in his career.
* The Red Sox home run streak stretched to 22 games after Ortiz launched his 11th home run of the season, the 514th of his career.
1) David Ortiz
Finishing just a triple shy of the cycle -- thanks to a bad bounce -- Ortiz drove in three of Boston’s five runs in a 4-4 day with two ground rule doubles and a homerun.
2) Xander Bogaerts
In addition to extending his own hitting streak, Bogaerts scored once and knocked in a run in his 3-5 performance.
3) Jackie Bradley Jr.
The streak is still alive and well, despite pitchers continuously making life harder for Boston’s center fielder.