For a slumping team that had had difficulty scoring runs for the last nine games, the Red Sox were ready to take offensive contributions from anybody.
But Stephen Drew was an unlikely hero at the plate in their 7-3 win over Baltimore.
Drew, who had been just 1-for-15 since coming off the disabled list a game into second half, busted out in a big way Saturday. He singled and scored the first run in the third inning. In the fourth, he smacked a three-run homer that gave the Sox a 4-0 lead.
And finally, he offered a two-run homer in the sixth, capping the scoring.
"I've been feeling great at the plate,'' Drew said, "and had no luck. So it's just good that to kind get a turnaround and get a good outcome. And also, it was a good win. That's what we really needed.''
Drew had some good at-bats Friday night and knew that some hits were going to come for him soon.
"It was just no outcome,'' he said. "That's the way baseball is. You put good at-bats together and that's all you can do. You can't control once it left the bat.''
"He had good swings to his pull side,'' manager John Farrell said. "That was much needed, obviously. He's a guy that we've come to know this year that when he's had some down time, he's very much a rhythym hitter to get his timing down. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come.''
Drew had to wait a bit before getting his second homer officially confirmed. After the ball hit the top of the grounds crew's shed in right and bounced back onto the field, Drew raced around the bases and headed home.
As he neared the plate, it appeared the Orioles had him in a rundown but he eluded the tag. THe official scorer ruled that Drew had an inside-the-park homer, but after Farrell came out and argued the original call, umpires reviewed the video and called it a conventional homer.
"I'm hitting first and going to second and I could see it (go out) and no call,'' said Drew. "I'm looking at (Jarod Saltalamacchia, the lead runner) and he saw the same thing. Apparently it was just an all-around weird play.
"We started taking off running and the ball was still rolling. Salty scores and by the time I get around third, (Brian Butterfield) held me, and I figured it was too late, the ball's coming in. You get in a rundown, you never know. I kind of juked and made a good move. Either way, it was kind of weird.''