BOSTON - Here are the quotes, notes, and stars after the Red Sox beat the Astros, 11-1, Thursday night at Fenway Park.
"I'm never over the hump. That's for people who are satisfied; I'm never satisfied. The one thing I want to be coming into a season is to be consistent, and I haven't been consistent. Today was a good day, but in five days, I want to go out and build on it." - David Price after pitching 6.2 innings of six-hit, one-run ball. He had 12 strikeouts.
"I don't know. I still feel like I've got a long way to go. I'm not doing that well. Feel like I'm dragging everybody. But whatever, as long as they keep rolling I don't mind being last if this is what we're going to do." - Mookie Betts when asked if he's been feeling better about his production lately
"This is kind of like a PlayStation, you know? I don't think even on a PlayStation you score as much runs. But it's reality and we're doing it in our hometown and our home park and our fans are definitely loving it." - Xander Bogaerts on the team's recent stretch of play
Thursday's game marked the first time in Fenway Park history the Sox have had 8+ runs and 12+ hits in as many as 6 consecutive home games.
David Price is the first pitcher to fan 10+ Astros in each of 4 consecutive starts vs. the club since Sandy Koufax (7/22/64-7/20/65, 5 GS).
Xander Bogaerts (2-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI) homered in the 1st inning for the 1st time in his career.
Jackie Bradley Jr. (2-for-4, R, RBI) extended his career-long hitting streak to 18 games...Marks the longest active hitting streak in the majors and tied Eric Hosmer (4/10-29) for the longest hitting streak in the majors this season.
Dustin Pedroia (1-for-3, R, BB) has hit .419 (44-for-105) vs. HOU over his career, the highest mark vs. the Astros in major league history (min. 75 AB).
1. David Price
Price needed a strong performance on the mound after last weekend's dud in New York, and he gave the Red Sox one. Much was made about the adjustments he was to make, and it appears as if they worked. A higher leg kick, higher hand placement, more balance . . . success. Price went 6.2 innings and allowed just one run while striking out 12. He left to a standing ovation.
2. Xander Bogaerts
Bogaerts hit his third home run of the season in the first inning, and it once again put the Red Sox offense in motion. He'd later drive in the team's 10th run of the game, giving him three RBI on the night.
3. Mookie Betts
Betts appears to be breaking out of a slump over the last few games. He homered Tuesday night against the Athletics and hit then hit a three-run home run Thursday night off Dallas Keuchel to open up an 8-1 Sox lead. Betts is hitting .253 this season, so his average isn't where he wants it to be. But perhaps the last few games can get him going.