From the Blue Jays clubhouse following 9-2 win over the Red Sox
Anthony Gose on his improved hitting since returning from AAA-Las Vegas:
“It hasn't been a matter of feeling comfortable, it's just been a matter of making contact. I hadn't really hit the ball. I got sent down to work on some things and hopefully I'll start making more contact, consistently. Getting back on track a little more with Chad (Mottola), getting the swing back to where it was and where it needed to be.”
Gose on his first major-league homer, giving him two hits and five RBIs:
“Yes, I got the ball. I had a month up here and didn't hit a home run. I'm pretty sure I know I'm not a home run hitter. I'll go back to my regular hitting."
Aaron Laffey on the decision to send him back out after the rain delay:
“They were allowing me to go as long as (the delay) didn't go too long. I went back into the cage and played catch a couple of times during that time period and was able to get out of that one inning. Then the next one started and that break sitting back down, getting back up, I really wasn't on top of my game after that.
Laffey on not being able to record the final out in the fifth before the rain:
“You can be frustrated. It is what it is. It's over with now, but they allowed me to go back out there after the hour-long delay the first time. I tried to stay loose. I was in a really good groove. I was having the feeling like I was going to go the whole distance when this game started. I wasn't using many pitches, throwing a lot of quality strikes. Then after the break I really didn't have it.
"Had a really great feel for my cutter, four seamer early in the game then after the break couldn't really get the feel back. Plus the balls were soaking wet every time I tried to pitch. It's disappointing to have the delays any time you're feeling like that. You felt like it was going to be one of those special nights, but that's Mother Nature for you."
Laffey on his mastery over the Red Sox with 17 ShO innings into the fifth:
“I don't think it's anything in particular. This is one of these places where when you come in you know you've really got to be on top of your game. It's one of those places where if you allow the crowd to really get into it, to get behind the team it can be a difficult place to pitch, a loud place to pitch. It can get you off your game pretty quick. So just coming into these games a little more focussed and attention to more detail warming up for the game, really make sure I'm on top of my game. Now I have to do that in every start."
Manager John Farrell on the decision to send Laffey back out after the rain and not have him finish five when another pitcher might have:
“Aaron Laffey could have come out on the mound a little quicker and threw the ball over the plate. When you look at the rain situations he was pitching in tonight, he did an excellent job without breaking his concentration.
"We wanted to give him an opportunity to get a win. He came back out, finished the fourth inning easy and when he went into the fifth inning, you could see that he had thrown two different 15-pitch segments in the batting cage to stay loose and he hit a wall."
Farrell on any missing sense of urgency in the fifth:
"Unfortunately the way that sheet of rain came through that was a surprise for everyone in the ballpark. We were getting reports consistently. No one had talked about this rain that was coming in, so you can't plan for that one."
Farrell on Colby Rasmus' basepath adventures, doubled off in the second then reading a looping flyball hit leading to an important run in the eighth:
“After not recognizing there were two outs earlier in the game where he got doubled up, he made amends and it was a great read. You think about a ball that could be caught by an outstretched (Dustin) Pedroia or (Jacoby) Ellsbury with closing speed and it was a great read. When the throw came back in he never hesitated. It was a very good, heads up play. At the point in time, we're looking at a two-run three-run game."