Asked how many more games he thinks Bradley can keep it going, Ortiz said "70," before adding an expletive and a smile that said he didn't want to get into the business of making predictions.
"These kids, they work extremely hard. They want to be good," the 40-year-old designated hitter said on Tuesday night after twenty-somethings Bradley and Xander Bogaerts each had a pair of hits in an 8-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
"I'm having so much fun watching it," said Ortiz, who had two hits and four RBI. "They make me feel like I'm a part of it. ... They make me feel like I'm their age."
In a rematch of the 2007 World Series, which Boston swept in four games, David Price (7-1) scattered five hits over seven innings and Bradley extended his major league-leading hitting streak to 28 games. Dustin Pedroia added three hits and Christian Vazquez hit his first career triple to help Boston win its third straight.
Price was spotted a 2-0 lead after one inning. Boston made it 4-1 after two and 7-2 in the fourth, when the Red Sox chased Jorge De La Rosa (1-4).
"To go out there, knowing you don't have to be perfect, it's huge," said Price, who allowed three runs, walked one and struck out six to earn his third consecutive win. "At some point, we're going to struggle offensively. That's when the pitchers are going to have to come together."
DE LA ROSA'S RETURN
De La Rosa made his first start after spending almost a month on the disabled list with a left groin strain. He left with one out in the fourth with two on and one run already in.
It was his first appearance in Fenway Park. Asked if he would always remember the experience, he said with a laugh: "I don't want to remember. It was good to pitch here."
Ortiz had a two-run single and a two-run double in his first three at-bats. When he came up in the eighth with one out and a runner on second, he was intentionally walked.
"He's a great hitter, one of the best of certainly our era here," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "You're just in a tough spot there when he comes up with guys on base."
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