First impressions from the Red Sox' 13-2 win over the Minnesota Twins:
1) This was a return to form for Steven Wright
Wright had been roughed up a bit in each of his previous four starts, having given up at least three earned runs in those.
On Thursday, Wright retired the first 13 hitters he faced and allowed just two runs -- only one of them earned.
By his own admission, Wright had been guilty of throwing too many fastballs -- and throwing them in predictable counts -- over the last few weeks.
Last week in New York, he got back to basics, but in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium, encountered trouble.
There was no such wall he hit Thursday night. He allowed just five baserunners all night and struck out nine, tying a career high.
His consistency remains incredible: he's turned in 14 quality starts in 19 tries and has pitched through the sixth inning in 15 of those.
2) . . . And speaking of consistency, there's David Ortiz. Run-scoring single. Run-scoring single. Two-run homer.
That means that over his last 50 games - just shy of a third of the season -- Ortiz reached base safely in 48 of those and he's knocked in 45 runs.
Put another way, Ortiz has averaged .90 RBI per game over almost the last two months.
Even when he's not hammering balls into the bleachers, swatting them off the Wall, or lodging them in the Pesky Pole, Ortiz still manages to deliver runs.
For the season, he has 79 RBI in 87 games played. And some of those games were late-inning pinch-hitting appearances.
So make it 79 RBI in 81 games started. Remarkable.
3) Talk about table-setters
The top third of the Red Sox lineup was unstoppable.
Combined, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts were 11-for-14 with nine runs scored, five RBI and five extra-base hits.
Offensively, the Red Sox didn't need the other six hitters in their lineup to beat the Twins.
When the top three in the order are producing like that, there are plenty of RBI opportunities for Ortiz, and trouble for the opposition.
Thanks to the top three, the Red Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, the kind of quick-strike the offense hasn't seemed capable in weeks.