Ross enjoys career night at the plate

Ross enjoys career night at the plate
April 27, 2013, 12:45 am
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BOSTON -- After going hitless in his previous three games, Red Sox catcher David Ross went 4-for-4 with two home runs, two RBI, and three runs scored in Friday's 7-3 win over the Houston Astros at Fenway Park.

In the three games leading up to Friday night, Ross went 0-for-10 with no walks and five strikeouts. He made up for it with two solo shots that cleared the Monster seats, and getting a hit in all four at-bats.

"That was the first time ever," said Ross after the win. "I've never been 4-for-4, so, I'm pretty excited about that. It just seems like this team, it's been somebody else every night. I'm excited to be a part of this team. A lot of these guys help each other out, a lot of these guys help me out. It's nice to be able to contribute."

Ross said that offense is a "constant battle" for him, and that he had not found his rhythm at the plate, until Friday's 4-for-4 performance against the Astros.

He credited the turnaround to slowing things down.

"I just feel like I hadn't been seeing the ball real well," said Ross. "It was kind of like seeing and swinging at the same time. That's just not a good mix. So I just slowed myself down a little bit and tried to get ready a little earlier. And that seemed to just really slow me down and let me see the ball. That was the key for me."

Ross hit both of his homers off the left-handed Erik Bedard. His second home run actually ended Bedard's night.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that on Friday, you saw what Ross is capable of when he's locked in at the plate.

"Well, against left-handers, we look to match him up," said Farrell. "He's a very good fastball hitter, even in a 1-2 count, where he got a fastball from Bedard. He was able to get himself into some good counts, pick out a fastball, and he didn't miss it.

"In addition to the two home runs, just some good base-running in his final at-bat, to score that [seventh] run, which keeps us from going to Bailey in the ninth.

"He can swing the bat," added Farrell. "He obviously has some power in the bat. And when he's able to get into those counts and sit on a fastball, he's capable of doing the damage we've seen."