BOSTON – Making his first start since June 27, Mike Carp went 2-for-4 with a double, scoring the Red Sox first run of their 2-1 win over the Padres at Fenway Park Wednesday night. Carp led off the fourth with a single to right, scoring on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s double to center. It was the Sox lone run until Jonny Gomes’ game-winning led-off home run in the ninth.
Carp has now reached safely in 12 of his last 13 games, batting .350, going 14-for-40, with six walks. Overall he is batting .316, going 37-for-117, with a .377 on-base percentage and .650 slugging percentage. Of his 37 hits this season, 21 have been for extra bases, with 11 doubles, two triples, and eight home runs.
Carp was in the starting lineup, playing first base, batting sixth. He has appeared in 47 of the Sox’ 86 games this season, making 21 starts in left field, 15 at first, two in right, and serving as the designated hitter in five.
"In his second at-bat he got the base hit between the 3-4 hole and made an excellent read to score from first on the ball hit off the wall,” manager John Farrell said. “Much like we talked about Gomes' preparation, Carp is much in the same sentence. They stay ready, they know what to do when called upon. In a spot start he's given us a great contribution."
· The Sox are 7-1 on their current nine-game homestand, with the finale set for Thursday afternoon. They improved their American League-best record to 52-3, with a winning percentage of .605. They are a season-high 18 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.
· This was the Sox’ eighth walk-off win of the season, tied for the most in major leagues – The Giants had eight entering Wednesday. The eight walk-off wins are the Sox’ most in a season since also recording eight in 2010 and 2011. Their last season with more was 2006, when they had nine such wins. Of the Sox’ 30 home wins in 2013, 26.7% have ended in walk-offs. It was their third win on a walk-off home run in 2013. The last also came on Jonny Gomes home run in the second game on June 18 against the Rays.
· The Red Sox have won the first two games of the three-game series with the Padres, guaranteeing their major league-leading 18th series victory this season. They have won four of their last five series.
· The Sox went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position, leaving nine runners on base.
· Jacoby Ellsbury's third-inning single extended his hit streak to a season-high 13 games, his longest streak since a 13-gamer from Sept. 16- 28, 2011. .During the streak he is hitting .400, going 22-for-55 with five doubles, seven RBI, four walks, and two stolen bases. He has hit in 27 of his last 30 games since May 26, batting .382, going 50-for-131.
· Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit an RBI double in the fourth inning, and has now reached safely in his last 11 games, going (9-for-39, with six walks. He has hit in 17 of his last 24 games with a plate appearances, batting .271, going 26-for-96. Of his 60 hits this season, 28 have been for extra bases, with 20 doubles and eight home runs.
· David Ortiz drew two intentional walks, giving him 13 this season. .He entered today tied with Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, and Joey Votto for the major league lead.
· Will Middlebrooks went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double, eight RBI, and two runs scored for Triple-A Pawtucket 11-5 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Wednesday night. He hit a three-run home run and a grand slam, tying a franchise record for RBI.