HOME COOKING: With a win last night in the opener of a 7-game homestand, the Red Sox extended their season-long home winning streak to 6 games dating back to the start of their previous homestand, a 5-game sweep from 5/28-6/1…This is the club’s longest home win streak since 6 home games from 4/24-5/6/13…Their last longer winning streak at Fenway was a 9-game stretch from 7/5-24/11.
· During this 6-game home win streak, Boston has allowed just 8 total runs…The club has given up no more than 3 runs in any of the 6 games, and hasn’t had a longer such streak since going 7 straight home games allowing 3 runs or less from 8/10-24/02.
DYNAMIC DUO: According to Elias, last night was Lester’s 22nd career win in which Ortiz homered, tied for 3rd most by any pair of current teammates after Miguel Cabrera/Justin Verlander (26) and Ryan Howard/Cole Hamels (23)…Howard/Kyle Kendrick have also teamed up in 22 wins.
· Last night’s win was Lester’s 107th, moving him past Joe Dobson (106) and into sole possession of 9th place in franchise list…Bob Stanley is 8th at 115.
CENTERING DEFENSE: Jackie Bradley Jr. recorded his 6th outfield assist and 4th double play of the season last night when he doubled off Mike Aviles at 1B in the 7th inning after tracking down a Michael Bourn fly ball at the CF wall.
· His 6 assists lead all major league rookies and are tied for the ML lead among center fielders (also ARI’s A.J. Pollock)…He has the most outfield assists by a Red Sox rookie since Bob Zupcic turned in 11 in 1992.
· His 4 double plays top all ML outfielders, the most by a Red Sox rookie OF since Faye Throneberry in 1952 (5) and most by a Sox rookie CF since at least 1914.