Victorino has career night in big Sox win

Victorino has career night in big Sox win
August 28, 2013, 12:30 am
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BOSTON -- Shane Victorino is used to scoring the runs that others drive in. On Tuesday night, the Red Sox right fielder did all the work with his bat.

Victorino drove in a career-high seven RBI, thanks to a two-run homer in the third inning, a three-run homer in the fifth, and a two-run double in the seventh. He finished Boston's 13-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park 3-for-3 with four runs scored, seven RBI, a double, two home runs, a walk, and he was hit by a pitch.

"I don't know that you can do much better," said Red Sox manager John Farrell after the win. "On base all five times, seven RBI's, a couple of home runs, he makes a couple of very good plays in right field."

He becomes the first Red Sox player with seven or more RBI in a game since J.D. Drew also had seven in 2007. His seven RBI were the most by a Red Sox player in a game at Fenway since Nomar Garciaparra drove in eight in 2002. And he is the first Red Sox player with four runs scored and seven RBI in a game since Dwight Evans in 1988.

"He's kind of the table-setter," said Jonny Gomes after the win. "We've been knocking him in for a long time. And he kind of took the bull by the horns.

"He's been around for a while," added Gomes. "He's got a World Series ring on his finger. He's a championship caliber player."

Victorino's first home run of the night came as a two-run shot in the third inning, and gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead that they never lost. It was a low liner into the first row of the Monster seats. And it was also Victorino's 100th career home run.

"When I hit it I was, like, hoping that it got to the wall," said Victorino. "Obviously I know I hit it well, but it was able to rise up over the wall, so that was great, to get my 100th career home run there."

Victorino continued to hit from the right side of the plate on Tuesday night. But he remains adamant that he's still a switch hitter. He's just "working on it."

"I'm still working on trying to get back to the left side," he said afterwards. "Although many people may differ, I'm still a switch hitter. That's what I was brought here to do. I'll take it one game at a time, and continue to work and see how I feel."

Farrell pointed to Victorino's toughness, as he noted his right fielder has clearly played through some pain this season.

"Even when he was in and out of the lineup a couple times, he fought it, didn't want to come out," said Farrell. "He's got a very high pain threshold, as we've come to learn of him. The fact that he's gone to the right side of the plate has minimized how he's aggravated that left hamstring, even against good right-handed pitching. He's a good player, and he's a tough player."