Boston to ride momentum of strong homestand

Despite loss to Mariners on Sunday, Red Sox satisfied with 5-1 showing at Fenway

Boston to ride momentum of strong homestand

BOSTON -- While the Red Sox's offense produced a dud in Boston's 5-0 loss to Seattle on Sunday, manager John Farrell won't let the result put a sour note on the team's successful homestand.

The Red Sox started the week just one game over .500, having dropped three out of four games to Oakland over the weekend. The team righted the ship this week by going 5-1 at Fenway Park -- sweeping the Rangers and winning two against the Mariners -- and they now sit at 27-22 with only three games separating them and the Yankees atop the American League East.

"I think any time you go 5-1 in a homestand that it's a good week of baseball here," Farrell said after Sunday's loss. "We go out on a lengthy trip through three very difficult cities, but we come out with momentum in our favor."

The Red Sox put in some stellar offensive performances early in the week, scoring 26 runs over their three-game series with the Rangers. They didn't have to adjust their style to get more production on offense, either, as Boston hit just three home runs over the six-game span.

The Red Sox are last in the Majors in home runs (41), but they are among the leaders in on-base percentage (.344).

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia said the key to the team's success this week was that they never hit the panic button during the turbulent series in Oakland. He highlighted the nature of a 162-game season, and that the team's ability to stay cohesive during the stretch speaks volumes.

"You have time where you play good and others where you don't," Pedroia said. "We know that. We're pretty confident in our group."

Rick Porcello, Sunday's losing pitcher, repeated that sentiment, saying the team has been congruent mentally through winning and losing streaks.

Porcello's two-run outing

"We feel great," Porcello said. "Coming out of St. Louis -- and even Oakland -- we felt good, but coming back home and playing the way we did, we have some momentum, and things are starting to get in sync. We feel good, and we're excited about the upcoming road trip."

As the Red Sox head out for a 10-game trip that includes stops in Chicago, Baltimore and New York, Farrell expressed satisfaction with the outings he received from his bullpen against Texas and Seattle.

"The ability to win on the road will challenge our bullpen," Farrell said. "You've got to pitch well in the bullpen when on the road, and our guys were throwing the ball well as of late."

This last week will prove to be a cut-off point in the Red Sox's season, as it is the last before David Price joins the active roster for the first time all season. Price makes his season debut Monday against the White Sox, and his arrival should provide a shake-up in Boston's rotation.

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