First Impressions from the Boston Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels
* John Farrell faced a tough call with Steven Wright in the sixth.
Wright doesn't fare well in wet weather, as the Red Sox learned earlier this season when he tried to pitch in a steady rain against Houston. With a downpour, Wright wasn't able to grip his signature knuckler, and the results showed.
In the fifth and into the sixth, the rain was picking up. By the start of the sixth, the rain intensified, and Wright began to struggle. He allowed a leadoff double to Albert Pujols, hit Jefry Marte and walked Daniel Nava to load the bases.
Farrell had Matt Barnes warming, but the manager was clearly trying to get his starter through the sixth and limit the bullpen workload, having gone to the pen in the third inning Monday and the seventh inning Wednesday.
The move backfired when C.J. Cron hit a grand slam. Wright has been terrific this season, but his inability to pitch when there's any rain at all creates a unique challenge for his manager.
* Brock Holt made his presence felt right away.
Holt missed more than a month with a concussion, and admitted before Friday's game that he still wasn't 100 percent recovered.
But that hardly seemed the case Friday night. In the field, Holt fielded a line drive in the corer by C.J. Cron and fired a strike to second, cutting down Cron attempting to stretch a single into a double.
At the plate, meanwhile, Holt clubbed two doubles to left.
Holt used that same inside-out swing both times to take pitches the other way, expertly using the Wall and Fenway to his advantage.
For the past week, the Red Sox were shuffling a few outfielders, none of whom had had much experience -- or success -- at the big league level. Even if he's not 100 percent and can't be counted on every day yet, Holt could provide a nice jolt to the bottom third of the order.
* Ortiz continues to pile up records.
His solo homer in the fifth - a line shot that curled past the right field foul pole, into the box seats -- was No. 522 of his career. That enabled Ortiz to move past three Hall of Famers: Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams -- with one swing.
Ortiz had been tied with the trio in 19th place for most career homers.
The homer also marked his 2,000th hit with the Red Sox. He became the seventh player to amass 2,000 hits in a Red Sox uniform. The others: Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, Bobby Doerr and Wade Boggs.
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