BOSTON - When it comes to save opportunities, Koji Uehara is a human victory cigar.
Uehara once again came on for the save in Boston's 5-2 win Thursday night, and once again converted it.
He retired the side in order, getting Ryan Raburn to ground out, Nick Swisher to strike out, and Yan Gomes to ground out to end the game.
It was Uehara's 14th save this season in as many chances. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 18.0 innings pitches and has converted each of his last 30 regular-season save opportunities dating back to July 9, 2013, the longest active streak in MLB.
Uehara's dominance is truly something special. But it almost seems expected at this point after the continued success he's had closing games.
"I would hope people aren't taking him for granted," Jon Lester said. "What he's been able to do over the last year, year and a half, is pretty incredible. If people don't know who he is by now with the World Series and what he did in the playoffs, they're not really paying attention. I'm glad he's on our team, I'm glad he's in the back end of our bullpen. It makes our lives a lot easier."
Stephen Drew is still on the mend from a strained right oblique, but it looks like he could - could - avoid an MRI on the injury and return sooner than later.
Before Thursday's game, John Farrell said Drew would go through testing to see if an MRI was needed. Drew felt the oblique "grab him" on Wednesday, prompting the tests Thursday.
"At this point there was an ultrasound done," Farrell said after the game. "An MRI is still a possibility if the increased baseball activities tomorrow warrant it. The plan is for him to not have it right now. He'll ramp up the activities. If there's any kind of reproducing of the symptoms then it would be administered at that point.
"Hopefully he gets through tomorrow and we're looking for game activity on the weekend."
Jonathan Herrera played shortstop Thursday night, finishing the night 2-for-4 with a triple and a run. He did, however, ground into a 2-3-2 double play with the bases loaded and zero outs.
- David Ortiz's two-run home run in the 5th inning extended the Red Sox lead to 3-0. It was his 15th home run of the season and 446th of his career, moving him within three homers of Vladamir Guerrero and Jeff Bagwell for 37th on MLB's all-time home run list. Interesting note: There were two outs and a man on third, and Terry Francona elected to pitch to Ortiz. Oops.
Ortiz and Albert Pujols are the only players with at least 15 home runs in all 14 seasons from 2001-14. He's done it as a member of the Red Sox the last 12 seasons, tying him with Dwight Evans and Jim Rice for the club record streak.
- Brock Holt continues to swing a hot bat for the Red Sox. Holt went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI Thursday night. He's hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games and has reached base safely in 19 of 21 games hitting leadoff this season and 28 of 32 games overall.
- Grady Sizemore had his first career his against his former team.
- The Indians lost their 3rd game in a row, falling to 33-34 on the season. It's their 5th losing streak of three or more games this season.