BOSTON –Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the Red Sox’ 8-2 homestand-finale win over the Padres Thursday afternoon. It was the seventh game in the last 10 in which he’s recorded two or more hits. In that stretch he is batting .474, going 18-for-38.
“What we’re seeing of late is he’s starting to pull the ball with more frequency,” manager John Farrell said. “Whether that's a by-product of getting pitched in a little bit more because he’s gotten so many hits the other way, we know that when either an off-speed pitch stays in the middle of the plate or a fastball’s on the inner part of the plate, he’s always been a dead-pull hitter in those locations of pitches. But still he’s been in the middle of this offense from day one and continues to be so.”
Pedroia, though, prefers not to put too much analysis into his success.
“I try to hit the ball where it’s pitched,” he said. “If I’m pulling the ball, that means there’ throwing the ball in a little bit more.”
· The Sox improved their American League-leading record to 53-34 (.609) and are a season-high 19 games over .500, their best mark since they were 19 games over on Sept. 27, 2011. With a Pirates loss today, the Sox now lead the majors with 53 wins. With an Orioles loss, the Red Sox are now a season-high 4 1/2games up in the AL East, their largest lead since June 24, 2009, when they were five games up.
· With eight wins on the nine-game homestand, it marks the Sox best homestand of at least nine games since June 11-20, 2010, when they were also 8-1.
· It was the Sox sixth sweep of the season, fourth at Fenway Park.
· The Sox improved to 37-7 (.841) this season when scoring first.
· The Sox recorded 18 hits -- two shy of their season high on June 25 against the Rockies -- for the fourth time this season, all coming since the beginning of June. All nine batters in theSox starting lineup had at least 1 hit, and eight had at least two hits. The last time eight Sox starters had multiple hits in a nine-inning game was May 25, 2011, at Cleveland.
· Jose Iglesias now has two consecutive multi-hit games. It was his 20th time in 40 games with a plate appearances this season recording multiple hits
· Jonny Gomes has a six-game hitting streak, with an RBI in five of those games. During the six-game streak he is batting .421, going 8-for-19, with four doubles, a home run, and five RBI. Since June 6, he is batting .365 (19-for-52) with six doubles, three home runs, and 11 RBI.
· Brandon Snyder second-inning solo home run was his first home run with the Sox, and firs since May 15, 2012, while with the Rangers against the Royals. Of his four hits this season, three have gone for extra bases with two doubles and a homerun. He has driven in at least one run in three of his four starts this season, with six RBI total.
· Andrew Bailey pitched a perfect seventh with two strikeouts. It was his first scoreless outing since June 21 at Tampa Bay, ending a career-high five-game streak giving up a run.
· Right-hander Jose De La Torre is joining the Sox for the West Coast trip. No roster move has been announced. He will be with the team in case a move is needed. The Sox currently have six relievers in the pen. De La Torre made his major league debut earlier this season. In three games, spanning 5 1/3 innings, he has posted an ERA of 5.06, allowing three earned runs, with five strikeouts and four walks.