Four in a row. Against the last place Astros and last place Braves, but four in a row nonetheless.
Wednesday night the Red Sox looked quite happy to be back in Fenway Park. By the end of the fourth inning they were winning 8-2.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright continued to show why the Red Sox should keep him in the starting rotation regardless of the health of Joe Kelly and Eduardo Rodriguez.
Seven innings, one earned run, three hits, three walks and eight strikeouts. Anyone needing evidence of the movement on Wright’s knuckleball need look no further than Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan. Hanigan who is known more for his glove than his bat, allowed four passed balls. None of them ended up leading to runs, but the stat serves as a reminder that even a skilled and experienced major league backstop can struggle mightily to keep up with the erratic movement of an effective knuckleball.
David Ortiz made his first start since Sunday and looked as if he enjoyed the rest.
Ortiz went 3-for-5 with three doubles. He’s got 11 two-baggers on the season which ties him for the league-lead with Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia was also 3-for-5. He hit two home runs, including a second inning grand slam off of Peskey’s Pole in right field. That shot blew the game open, then in the eighth Pedroia lofted a home run over the green monster to make the score 9-3. The Braves got one in the ninth to make the final score 9-4
Boston has won four in a row. They’re 12-9 on the season and are a mere half game back of the first place Baltimore Orioles. They’ve got one game left against the hapless, 4-17 Braves. That game is Thursday night at 7:10 pm ET.
Clay Buchholz (0-2, 6.33) is on the mound for the Red Sox. Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 3.18) gets the start for the Braves.