JBJ rips two HRs, hitting streak at 17 games

JBJ rips two HRs, hitting streak at 17 games

BOSTON -- Using his poise and work ethic to his advantage, Jackie Bradley Jr. ripped two home runs and extended his hitting streak to a Major League-leading 17 games during the Red Sox's 13-3 sweep of the Athletics on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

"I've been able to do it at every level," Bradley said. "I think it was just a matter of time. Everybody moves at their own speed. Like I said, all I could constantly do is just work. No need to get mad or upset, just try and get better."

During this streak -- which is just one shy of the longest in the Major Leagues this season -- Bradley is 26-for-64 with 14 extra-base hits (five doubles, three triples, six homers) and 24 RBIs.

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Bradley had two, six-RBI games during Oakland's three-game visit to Fenway.

The center fielder wasted no time picking up his first hit, as he belted a three-run homer that was projected by Statcast™ to land 408 away in the second inning. The dinger was his fourth career home run against a lefty, this time against A's starter Eric Surkamp, who was taken out of the game in the third.

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello, who improved to 6-1 with a 3.11 ERA, enjoys watching Bradley get the limelight.

"He's been tremendous," Porcello said. "When he gets hot, there's really not one pitch that can get him out. Right now, he's putting everything together -- he's playing phenomenal defense, he's driving the ball, he's doing everything. He's a stand-up guy, one of the better teammates to have."

The left-handed hitter added another blast, this time a two-run homer in the eighth, during his last at-bat in almost the same spot as his first.

"He's looking to attack," Boston manager John Farrell said about Bradley's groove. "He feels good about his swing. He's confident. He's obviously seeing the ball really well. To come up with a couple of home runs here tonight, that's extending his ability to drive the baseball consistently right now."

The 26-year-old is one more game away from tying the Red Sox's longest hitting streak of 2016, belonging to teammate Mookie Betts with 18 games.

"I got some good pitches to hit," said Bradley. "I was able to put some good swings on them and hard contact. I think that is what you go up there and do, and I was able to do that."

The second shot over the right-field wall was Bradley's sixth of the season -- the fifth homer in his last seven games.

On Wednesday night, Bradley went 3-for-5, lifting his average to .322. Bradley said he doesn't pay attention to his flaws, instead, he focuses on how much stronger he's getting as well as treating every pitch like an opportunity to improve.

"I feel confident up there right now," Bradley said. "I'm taking what the pitcher is giving me and just trying to hit it hard."

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.