Red Sox notes: Drew ups hitting streak to 12

Red Sox notes: Drew ups hitting streak to 12
August 11, 2013, 8:00 pm
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KANSAS CITY – Stephen Drew went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday’s season-series 4-3 loss to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. He extended his hit streak to 12 games, matching his career best, a 12-gamer from July 23-Aug. 5, 2010, while with Arizona.
 
With Oakland’s Eric Sogard going 0-for-5 in a win over the Blue Jays, Drew now has the longest active streak in the majors. It is the longest hit streak by a Sox shortstop since Alex Gonzalez hit in 12 straight games from Aug. 26-Sept. 9, 2009.
 
In his streak Drew his batting .422, going 19-for-45, with three doubles, two home runs, and eight RBI, raising his average to .255 with a .340 on-base percentage and .441 slugging percentage.

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The Sox fell to 47-11 when they score first.

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The Sox dropped the season series with the Royals, 2-5, and now trail the all-time series, 221-223.

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John Lackey fell to 3-4 in his career against the Royals, 1-1 at Kauffman Stadium.

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Ryan Lavarnway went 2-for-4 with two RBI. In two games on the road trip he has four RBI.

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In his second game back with the major league team, Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-3 with a walk. He is a combined 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored in his last two games, raising his average to .200, the highest it has been since the same mark on April 16.

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Mike Napoli reached base a season-high four times Friday night, going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, getting hit by a pitch, a run scored, and three RBI. But in the last two games of the series he combined to go 0-for-7 with six strikeouts and a walk, lowering his average to .249.