Starting winning rally caps Gomes' 4-hit night

Starting winning rally caps Gomes' 4-hit night
June 7, 2013, 1:45 am
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BOSTON – Jonny Gomes knows what is expected of him. That doesn’t necessarily make the task easier. His playing time has been limited. He’s appeared in 47 of the Red Sox's 61 games, with 109 at-bats.
His last three starts have come against some of baseball’s best lefthanders – the Phillies' Cliff Lee on May 28, the Yankees' CC Sabathia on May 31, and the Rangers' Derek Holland on Thursday at Fenway Park.  He entered the game hitting .173 overall and .155, going 9-for-58 against lefties.
He went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored, all against lefthanders, with two singles off Holland, another off Robbie Ross, and a double off Michael Kirkman.   The four hits tied a career high, the most he’s recorded in a game since May 28, 2011, while with the Reds against the Braves. Gomes had just two multi-hit games this season, with two hits each – one on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, the other May 2 at Toronto.
It was his final hit of the night – a first-pitch double off Kirkman to open the ninth – that would prove to be the most vital. Gomes was on second base, with Dustin Pedroia on first with an intentional walk, when David Ortiz hit his walk-off home run, giving the Sox a 6-3 win.
Gomes was looking for a pitch he could do something with.
“Well, you’re expecting a strike,” he said. “Sometimes  you want to take a strike, and I’ve fouled that pitch off before a many a times. But it’s definitely not a gimme.
“I don’t’ need any pats on the back or anything. The job that I’ve been asked to do, it’s tough. My last three starts: CC Sabathia, some days off, Cliff Lee, some days off, and then Holland. So I don’t’ think I’ve been struggling. I just don’t think I’ve got started yet.
“But at the same time just trying to bring my base running into the game and bring my defense in, as well. Ironically enough you look right to the right of my name and that’s my average. [But] it doesn’t sum up what I do here.”