OAKLAND, Calif. A few late-night notes after the Sox moved to a season-best 21 games over .500:
Andrew Bailey continued to pitch well, throwing a scoreless eighth inning. He has pitched 5.1 scoreless innings in his last four outings, allowing two hits and striking out seven.
John Lackey on the double play Dustin Pedroia started in the fifth inning when Josh Donaldson crushed a ball up the middle on a hop: "It was either make the play or die. That ball was smoked."
Said Pedroia: It was self defense. ... Thank God it landed in my glove or it would have made a hole in my chest."
Brock Holt in seven games since being called up: 7 of 22 (.318), 3 runs, 7 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 sacrifices, 2 sacrifice flies.
"Hes a smart player. He understands the situations to which he's asked to execute differently in," John Farrell said. "He gives himself a chance. Hes not a dead pull hitter. He stays inside the baseball well."
Shane Victorino was smoked on the base of the right thumb by a 96-mph fastball from Sean Doolittle in the eighth inning. He had his hand iced afterward but said it was just a bruise.
Victorino must have had, no kidding, 15 pounds of ice wrapped around various parts of his body after the game.
Pedroia on Matt Thornton: "I think it's great. He's got great stuff from having faced him over the years. That's a power arm. Hopefully he'll help us out a ton."
The Red Sox (58-37) have the best record in the AL. Only the Cardinals (56-35) have a better record overall.