C Jesus Sucre didn't have much of an explanation for how ex-Ray Nick Franklin (swiping with his left hand) and Andrelton Simmons (going underneath) slid in ahead of his tags to score runs. "That was crazy," Sucre said. "I thought I got them."
RHP Chris Archer attributed his slow start — 45 pitches in the first two innings — to being "a little sluggish, a little rusty" in his first start in a week. He also said he was "content" with dodging most of the trouble and allowing just two runs, but five walks is not good enough.
Manager Kevin Cash took solace in the series win and the ninth-inning comeback, and both have merit. Winning the first two games out of the All-Star break carried over the momentum from the previous Red Sox series. The intensity of the ninth inning at-bats bodes well.