In what could have easily been a hangover lost after a good performance by David Price, Steven Wright and the Red Sox righted (see what I did there?) the ship and pushed Boston into a tie for first place in the American League East. Wright was sharp, per usual, hurling 7.1 innings, while relinquishing three runs on six hits and striking out four.
In what has become a trend the past couple of weeks, the top half of the Red Sox lineup fueled the offense and propelled Boston to an eventual win. Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz, and Hanley Ramirez registered multi-hit games, as the Red Sox were able to string together six runs after the first three innings. Hanley Ramirez launched a mammoth home run over the Green Monster for his fifth home run of the year in the third inning, as well. Unfortunately, the 6-9 hitters in the lineup were only able to get two hits. This could become an area of concern for manager John Farrell, one by which President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski may have to address at the Trade Deadline.
Aside from Tazawa surrendering two hits and an earned run in his .2 innings of work, the Red Sox were sharp in all categories. Craig Kimbrel came in for the second night in a row and made hitters look silly trying to guess if he would throw a 100 MPH fastball or a 85 MPH curveball/slider. Kimbrel now has a measly 2.13 ERA to go along with 15 saves and 38 strikeouts in 25.1 innings of work.
All in all, the Red Sox put together a good effort against a great team. Next up, Eduardo Rodriguez will get the ball in the rubber match of this series. Check back in for a full game preview.