Nava's bat contributes to Red Sox win

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Nava's bat contributes to Red Sox win

BOSTON -- Daniel Nava has hit leadoff five times this season. Each time, the Red Sox have won.
Nava can't take all the credit, of course. But it can be said that Nava has been a contributing factor.
In Thursday's 7-0 shutout of the Baltimore Orioles, Nava had five plate appearances and reached base four times with a single, double and two walks.
Then again, this month, it hasn't hasn't mattered where Nava has hit in the order -- he's reached base in 17 of his 30 plate appearances since June 1. During that span he's hit .400 (8-for-20) with four doubles and four walks.
"It feels good to get on base for the guys hitting behind me,'' said Nava. "They can obviously do some damage, and so if that's my job to get on base at the top of the lineup, I'm happy to do it. If it's hit in the No. 9 hole, so be it.
"Tonight, we had (Adrian Gonzalez) getting three hits and (Kevin Youkilis) got a couple, so I think it helps the rest of the lineup just to see more pitches.''
Whether he's hitting first, ninth or somewhere in-between, Nava tries to keep the same basic approach at the plate -- with one exception.
"Starting the game off is a little different,'' he allowed. "But I think that's the only time -- the first time through -- is maybe when I'll see more pitches. But after that, it's the same approach for every other at-bat.''
For the season, Nava has a .445 on-base percentage and has essentially become the regular left fielder -- at least against righthanders. On Thursday, the switch-hitting outfielder got a chance to be in the lineup against the lefthanded Brian Matusz and made the most of the opportunity.

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:

QUOTES:

* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.

NOTES:

* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.

STARS:

1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.