BOSTON – Call it Cody’s Revenge.
It’s the kind of game any player wants to have against the team that opted not to re-sign him. Before the game Cody Ross said he “absolutely” had extra motivation to do well against the Red Sox, who let him get away in free agency after last season. Ross’ motivation showed, as he went 4-for-5 -- one hit shy of his career high set July 6 against Colorado -- with a home run, two doubles, three RBI, matching a season high, two runs scored, and a stolen base.
The home run, his seventh of the season, was the decisive run in the Diamondbacks’ 7-6 win over the Red Sox Friday night at Fenway Park.
“Obviously I want to come in here and perform and play well,” Ross said after the game.
“Any time you play against one of your old teams you want to do that. But I have no hard feelings toward anybody in this organization. This is a first-class organization. It’s just nice to be back here and playing again."
Ross, a fan favorite last season, and one of the few stabilizers in a season filled with turmoil and dysfunction, was looking forward to this series.
"I had this game circled on the calendar for a while,” he said. “I was excited to get back and see a lot of familiar faces and a lot of friends
“It definitely feels good to get this first one, especially after last night we had a tough night, and not a whole lot of energy in Texas [a 7-1 loss to the Rangers]."
But Ross was not looking for revenge.
“I don’t feel like I proved a point,” he said. “I was just going out there and trying to help my team win, obviously it feels good to have success against your old team or any team that lets u go, it was the same way when I played the Marlins back in 2011 [after Miami exposed put him on waivers at the end of 2010-. I wanted to beat the crap out of them.”
Ross was greeted by warm applause in his first at-bat, but with each hit, his next at-bat was met with fewer cheers and more boos.
“It was nice,” he said. “It was good. Obviously a lot of fun to get back out there and play and be in front of this great crowd. And obviously the victory was the most imp. We haven’t been playing all that well as of late.”
· The loss snapped the Sox three-game win streak, dropping them to 3-5 in their last eight games, 8-6 since the All-Star break.
· The loss also snapped the Sox five-game win streak against Arizona, dropping to 7-6 all-time, 5-5 at Fenway.
· Right-hander Pedro Beato was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket after the game. The Sox will add to the roster before Saturday’s game.
· Jacoby Ellsbury's lead-off triple in the first inning was his team-leading eighth triple of the season. It is his second highest total for triples in a season, behind 10in 2009. It was the fourth time in his career and third time this season he hit a triple as the Sox first batter of a game. He now has a lead-off hit in three consecutive games.
Ellsbury extended his overall hit streak to eight games, going 2-for-5 with a triple and a run scored. During the streak he is batting .324, going 12-for-37, with two doubles, a triple, a home run, and six runs scored. Ellsbury has hit safely in all 10 of the Sox interleague games this season, batting .477, going 21-for-44, and has a hit in each of his last 13 interleague games since June 30, 2011.
· Against his former team, Stephen Drew hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, his eighth home run of the season. He went 2-for-2 with a run, walk, and three RBI. This was his first career game against his former team. Since his two-homer game on July 27, he is 9-for-25, batting .360, with nine RBI in seven games. He has reached base three times in three consecutive games, matching the longest such streak of his career, which he set on May 27-30, 2011 with the D’backs.
· David Ortiz hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the first inning. It was his first home run at Fenway since June 9 against the Angels. He hit seven home runs on the road since then. Ortiz has reached base safely in his last 16 games, going 20-for-62, batting .323, in that stretch.
· Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch for the 12th time this season, tying him with the Twins’ Josh Willingham for the most among AL players. It is the most times a Sox batter has been hit by a pitch since Kevin Youkilis with 14 in 2011.
· Left-hander Matt Thornton made his longest relief appearance of the season, with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. It was his longest outing since going two innings on July 4, 2012, with the White Sox against the Rangers.
· The 16 hits Sox pitchers allowed were three shy of their season high.
· The Diamondbacks’ 16 hits were the most they’ve recorded in interleague play since getting 20 hits on June 10, 2005 against the Royals.