Rockies-Red Sox Preview
With Jackie Bradley Jr. in the midst of a historic streak, the Boston Red Sox are riding the major league's best offense during a dominant run at Fenway Park.
They're hoping those trends continue with reliable Steven Wright on the hill.
While Bradley chases the team's longest hitting streak in 11 years, Boston goes after its 13th win in 15 home games Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies.
Bradley wasted little time matching Wade Boggs (1985) for the fifth-longest streak in Red Sox history on Tuesday when he doubled in his first at-bat. He ended up 2 for 4, raising his average to .412 with eight homers and 29 RBIs over a 28-game run.
The outfielder can now match Johnny Damon's 29-game streak in 2005 for the fourth longest run in club history. Dom DiMaggio, whose brother Joe had a MLB-record 56-game streak in 1941, holds the franchise record with a 34-gamer in '49.
Bradley has contributed to a Boston offense that has averaged 8.7 runs and batted .352 with 20 home runs in the last 13 of a 12-2 stretch at Fenway. David Ortiz also stayed hot with two hits and four RBIs in Tuesday's 8-3 series-opening victory, while Dustin Pedroia added three hits and Xander Bogaerts had two.
Ortiz is hitting .365 with eight homers and 25 RBIs over a 21-game stretch, while Bogaerts is batting .408 with 12 RBIs in his 17-game hitting streak.
''I'm having so much fun watching it,'' said Ortiz, who is in his final season. "They make me feel like I'm a part of it. ... They make me feel like I'm their age.''
They'll try to make up for the poor run support given to Wright in his last start. He allowed three runs over eight innings in Wednesday's 3-2 loss at Kansas City.
Wright (3-4, 2.52 ERA) has held opponents to three runs or less in seven of eight outings. The only blemish came May 13 when he gave up five runs over 4 1/3 innings while struggling with his knuckleball in the rain in a 7-6 loss to Houston.
"He's been very steady for us all year long, very good," manager John Farrell told the league's official website.
Wright will get his first look at a Colorado team that has totaled 19 runs and hit .229 while dropping five of its last six games. Gerardo Parra drove in two runs and Charlie Blackmon hit his third home run on Tuesday.
The Rockies (21-23) will try to put up some runs for Chad Bettis in the second of this three-game interleague series. After allowing nine runs over 12 1/3 innings in his previous two starts, the right-hander got back on track Tuesday when he surrendered one run and five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a 3-1 win at St. Louis.
"Something that I try make sure I do every time I go out is keep the ball down and make them roll over to our infielders," he said after forcing 11 groundball outs.
In his first career start against the Red Sox (28-17), Bettis (4-2, 4.18) will try to help the Rockies avoid their 25th loss in their last 30 games at AL ballparks.
Hanley Ramirez's status is uncertain for Boston after he left in the fourth inning Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch on his right big toe. X-rays were negative.