Since Daniel Bard went two innings the night before, he was an unusable option in the Red Sox' bullpen, so manager Terry Francona made the call for Atchison in the sixth inning. He went on to pitch two shutout innings for the Red Sox, striking out three in his fifth hold of the season.
"With Bard not being available, the way Atch pitched was huge," Francona told NESN's Heidi Watney in the postgame. "With Bard down, if Atch struggled, we probably would have gone through multiple guys. He really did a good job."
Francona also praised the consistency of Adrian Beltre, who belted his 25th home run of the season in the win.
"The consistency of it has really been fun to watch," Francona said. "He goes out there — whether he's banged up or not — and just continues to produce."
Watch Francona's entire postgame interview from Red Sox Extra Innings below.
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