Same old story.

Red Sox score a bunch of runs. Steven Wright pitches well enough to hold the lead. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts get some hits.

This time the formula added up to a 10-3 win over the Rockies, giving the Red Sox their 13th win in their last 15 games at Fenway Park.

Christian Vazquez and the Red Sox continue to feel pretty good about themselves. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Christian Vazquez and the Red Sox continue to feel pretty good about themselves. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Same old story.

Red Sox score a bunch of runs. Steven Wright pitches well enough to hold the lead. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts get some hits.

This time the formula added up to a 10-3 win over the Rockies, giving the Red Sox their 13th win in their last 15 games at Fenway Park.

It was Bogaerts who once again defined the hosts relentless attack, kicking off a four-run fourth inning with his fifth homer of the season, launching a Chad Bettis offering well over the left field wall.

The homer extended the shortstop’s hit streak to 18 games, and increased his American League-leading hit total to 66.

Bradley Jr. also once again did his thing, stretching his hitting streak to 29 games with an opposite field single in the fourth inning. He would add a seventh-inning double to boost his batting average to .350, tops in the American League. and just slightly ahead of Bogaerts’ .349. (For more on JBJ’s hitting streak, click here.)

Also doing his part was Wright, who kept his ERA at 2.52 after allowing two earned runs over seven innings. He struck out seven, and walked two in throwing 117 pitches (the second-most the knuckleballer has totaled this season).

It was the seventh time this season Wright has allowed two or fewer earned runs while pitching 6 2/3 or more innings.

(For a complete box score, click here.)

Closing Time note

The Red Sox came into Wednesday night leading the majors with 205 runs scored in Innings 1-6, with Cleveland a distant second at 166. John Farrell’s team added seven more to the total in their latest win.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

– Bradley Jr. showed off his arm once again, gunning down Carlos Gonzalez trying to stretch a ball off the left field wall into a double in the eighth inning. Bogaerts did pay the price on the play, getting spiked on his left hand, leading to the Red Sox medical staff bandaging the wound on the field. Bogaerts would ultimately be replaced for the final two half innings by Josh Rutledge.

– Travis Shaw, who came into the game having gone just 1-for15 on the homestand, rebounded with a two-hit night that included a double and three RBI.

– The Red Sox claimed four more doubles, giving them a major league-leading 121 on the season.

– Blake Swihart notched his first two extra-base hits of the season, both triples. It was the third time a Red Sox player had managed two triples in game this season, with Mookie Betts and Bradley Jr. each accomplishing the feat.

WHAT WENT WRONG

– Ryan Hanigan was forced to leave the game in the fourth inning due to illness. Hanigan was having a rough go of it with Steven Wright, succumbing to four passed balls.

– Also leaving the game early was Dustin Pedroia, who exited in the fifth inning with right hamstring tightness after leading off the frame with a double down the left field line. He was pinch-run for by Marco Hernandez.

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Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Dustin Pedroia left Wednesday night’s game in the fifth inning as what the Red Sox termed as a “precaution” due to right hamstring tightness. It is the same hamstring that sidelined Pedroia for much of 2015.

Pedroia exited the contest after doubling down the left field line to start the inning. He would be pinch-run for by Marco Hernandez.

Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia left Wednesday night’s game in the fifth inning as what the Red Sox termed as a “precaution” due to right hamstring tightness. It is the same hamstring that sidelined Pedroia for much of 2015.

Pedroia exited the contest after doubling down the left field line to start the inning. He would be pinch-run for by Marco Hernandez.

In his previous two at-bats, the second baseman flew out to right field and grounded out to third base. He is currently hitting .304 with an .834 OPS. Pedroia has played in all but two of the Red Sox’ games this season.

Ryan Hanigan also was forced to leave the game early, exiting in the fourth inning due to illness. Prior to being replaced by Christian Vazquez, Hanigan had allowed four passed balls while catching Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Jackie Bradley Jr. is still going.

The Red Sox outfielder extended his hitting streak to 29 games with a fourth-inning single against Colorado starter Chad Bettis. The opposite field single came on Bradley Jr.s first pitch in his second at-bat.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is still going.

The Red Sox outfielder extended his hitting streak to 29 games with a fourth-inning single against Colorado starter Chad Bettis. The opposite field single came on Bradley Jr.s first pitch in his second at-bat.

Bradley Jr.’s streak is now the fourth-longest in Red Sox history, surpassing Wade Boggs’ stretch in 1985. The only Sox players ahead of the lefty hitter are Dom DiMaggio (34, 1949), Nomar Garciaparra (30, 1997), Tris Speaker (30, 1912) and Johnny Damon, who also managed a streak of 29, in 2005.

In his first at-bat of the night, Bradley Jr. grounded out to the pitcher.

Coming into Wednesday night’s game, Bradley Jr. had led the majors in batting average (.412), slugging percentage (.784), OPS (1.271), RBI (29), and triples (3) since the streak started on April 24.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
We sit down with the manager of the Sox John Farrell for our weekly discussion about all things Red Sox.

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Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday to talk the latest with the Red Sox, including the bullpen with Carson Smith being lost for the season. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

Dave Dombrowski

Dave Dombrowski

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday to talk the latest with the Red Sox, including the bullpen with Carson Smith being lost for the season. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

With Eduardo Rodriguez nearing a return, the Red Sox will be faced with six starters for five spots. Both Dombrowski and manager John Farrell have said a six-man rotation is not an option so it seems like one pitcher will have to shift to the bullpen.

While no specific conversations have been had, as the team waits for everything to come into place, it seems like Dombrowski would be hesitant to move Joe Kelly, who naturally felt like one of the top options, to the bullpen.

“Well, for me first of all you look at performance,” Dombrowski said. “It is a situation the way he pitched the other day was outstanding and he has outstanding stuff. He’s a guy that can shutdown good hitting clubs with not only his fastball velocity when he commands it, it’s also a situation with his breaking ball, his changeup. I saw him pitch just when I came in over the last 6-7 weeks of the season (last year) and he was outstanding at that point. I think he won eight straight starts and he pitched very similarly to the other day.

“When you look at a Joe Kelly — I know a lot of people talk about maybe throwing him into the bullpen, but the way he’s throwing the ball at this point and the way he’s been in the situation in the past, over that last 6-7 weeks, I think it’s really tough to take him out of the rotation. He’s pitched so well that I think he’s earned a spot.”

The Red Sox will be looking internally at options to fill Smith’s role and Dombrowski specifically mentioned Matt Barnes, noting his recent uptick in velocity as a potential player to do that before they looked outside at a trade.

Also with Smith going down, the usage of Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa comes into play and Dombrowski said as he’s done all season, Farrell will keep a close eye on those two pitchers.

“That was why we wanted a fourth guy out there because it does give you the ability to keep them fresher,” Dombrowski said. “All of a sudden if they pitch 2-3 days in a row, you’re not going to go to them that extra day. That is where now we need to see if [Matt] Barnes can say step up and be that other guy for us. Carson gave us that lee-way. John [Farrell] has done a really good job in not over pitching those guys. We went through that one stretch where our starting pitching really scuffled to give us innings so we had to use those guys more. He really watches Koji closely. He watches [Tazawa] closely. He does a good job in handling his bullpen. It is something we have to be aware of. We need to be careful. We need to make sure they are healthy as the year progresses.”

Rodriguez made his fifth rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday going seven innings and went giving up just four hits and one run while striking out seven and walking none. The biggest thing with Rodriguez coming back from the knee injury has been his velocity, which was increased, but not what it was last year when he was consistently around 93-94 mph.

“That is a good question. I don’t know that answer,” Dombrowski said when asked why his velocity has been down. “I don’t think any of us know the answer exactly. It has continued to tick up outing-by-outing. Just a little bit at a time. Even if it goes up another half mile per hour per outing all of sudden over 4-5 outings he may be up to there. I don’t really know that. He’s in a position where he’s been cleared from a health perspective so that is good. He looks like he’s made a little bit of an adjustment went his delivery. Simplifying it somewhat. It is a very solid delivery. Will he dial it up a little bit more when he gets under the big lights here at Fenway? Only time will tell.

“His velocity is still solid, but it’s not as good as it’s been in the past. His changeup was outstanding yesterday. He had a good cutter. He’s very close to pitching at the big league level. We will have to sit down and discuss the situation over the next couple of days.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (22-23): W, 2-1, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies)