Bradley's hitting streak reaches 19 games

Bradley's hitting streak reaches 19 games

BOSTON -- Jackie Bradley Jr.'s success at the plate has been such a constant as of late that the Red Sox's center fielder is nearly out of words when describing how locked in he feels.

"I don't know," Bradley said after a 7-6 loss to the Astros on Friday night at a rainy Fenway Park. "I'm just trying to focus on one at-bat at a time, trying to make it tough for the pitcher and get on for the guys behind me."

With three hits, Bradley extended his hit streak to a career-long 19 games, which marks the longest streak in the Majors this season.

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Bradley has a .431 batting average, with six doubles, six home runs and 26 RBIs during the streak. He's also had multiple hits in his last six games.

Part of what has made Bradley's run so impressive is his ability to use the entire field. In Friday's game, he began by legging out an RBI double to right field in the second inning, then hit an opposite-field single in the sixth and finally smoked a single up the middle in the eighth.

"I got some pitches I could pull, and obviously when I see the shift, I think about how I can beat the shift and stay back on the fastball and almost jam myself," said Bradley.

With all of Bradley's success, plenty has been said about moving him out of the No. 9 spot. However, Red Sox manager John Farrell likes the flow of the lineup with him there.

"We're operating pretty efficiently, and that's a reflection of the work that's done long before a game starts," Farrell said. "It's all about taking what the pitcher gives you. So many guys are going the other way. Any time you can go the other way, for an opposing pitcher, that's challenging, because you don't have a hole in the swing that can be attacked."

Quinn Roberts is a reporter based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.