BOSTON Cody Ross powered the Red Sox offense on the way to a 9-4 win over the Braves at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon.
Ross went 2-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored, and five RBI. It was his second multi-home run game of the season, along with April 23 at Minnesota. He now has 11 home runs this season, just three behind his 2011 total. The five RBI are a season high and matches the second-highest total of his career. It is the most hes collected since June 2, 2009, with the Marlins against the Brewers.
The win also gave the Sox a second win in the three-game series. They have won 11 of their last 15 series since May 10, with three losses and a tie.
Ross first home run a three-run blast into the Monster seats in the fourth inning, scoring Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks, who had both walked put the Sox on the scoreboard for the first time in the game. Adrian Gonzalez, the next batter, followed Ross with a solo shot. It was the third time this season and the first time since Middlebrooks and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the fourth inning on May 19 at Philadelphia the Sox have hit back-to-back home runs.
The Braves cut the lead to one run in the top of the fifth.
But the Sox answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning, capped by Ross two-run home run, scoring Daniel Nava.
Ross has five home runs in his last eight games.
Im feeling good, said Ross, who is hitting .277. The main thing is just getting out there and contributing and feeling like part of the team again. It was a big series for us, this series. Weve been playing well lately. Today was a good example of a good team win. We kept adding on runs and they kept fighting, trying to get back into it and we kept tacking runs on and our pitchers shut them down. Just a good way to end the series.
Since returning from the disabled list on June 19 after missing 27 games with a fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot, Ross is 7-for-22 (.318) with three doubles, three home runs, and 10 RBI in six games.
He appeared in two rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket before being activated.
Ive been on the DL enough times where I know that sometimes you go for too long you can find yourself in a funk, he said. Pitchings different in Triple-A than it is here. Its still the same game, but I felt like I was seeing the ball well enough where I could tell them that I was ready to go. My foot felt, obviously, fine and its just nice to start off on the right foot . No pun intended.
Ross reached double-digit home runs in his 43rd game, the second-fastest in a season after 41 games with Florida in 2008. He has at least 10 home runs in a season for the seventh time in his career, all since 2006. He is tied with Carl Crawford for the second-most seasons among all major leaguers hitting 10 or more home runs behind David Ortizs 13.
He definitely gives options and its a threat every time he has a bat in his hands, said manager Bobby Valentine. He feels healthy, obviously. And, two home runs, that works for me any day.