ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Red Sox waited three weeks for Shane Victorino to get healthy from a hamstring injury, and about the time Victorino was activated, installed Dustin Pedroia as their leadoff hitter.
Saturday night, they finally clicked together.
Pedroia reached base four times and scored one run and knocked in another while Victorino added three hits, a sacrifice fly and four RBI as the Red Sox romped over Texas, 8-3.
Together, the two set the tone as the Red Sox bounced back from an embarrassing 8-0 loss in the series opener.
"What Pedey and Vic were able to do at the top of the order (was impressive),'' said John Farrell. "They had a number of base hits. More than anything, they were seeing a number of pitches and seeing some sequences they're trying to execute against our righthanders, and with any lineup, guys are getting on base, and with the guys behind them, this was a good offensive night up and down the lineup.''
Pedroia, who had adjusted well to the top spot, drew a walk in the second inning, singled and scored in the fourth, walked in the sixth and singled home a run in the eighth.
He's been waiting to make an impact at the top with Victorino, to provide a kick for the lineup.
"It's always important,'' he said. "We've got to get on base and start the offense. We've just got to go do what we do, and we'll be fine.''
Until Saturday night, Victorino had just three RBI in his first 11 games. But he topped that season total in one game, delivered base hits in each of his first three plate appearances, and added the last run of the game in the eighth with a sacrifice fly.
* David Ortiz continues to find himself in elite company.
Ortiz belted his seventh homer of the season leading off the third inning against Martin Perez. That gave him 448 career homers, moving him into a tie for 40th all time with Andre Dawson and Jason Giambi.
It also gave Ortiz 380 homers in a Red Sox uniform, passing Dwight Evans and leaving him just two behind Jim Rice. Only Rice, Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams have more homers in Red Sox history.
"It means I'm getting old,'' joked Ortiz. "You come play the game and the last thing you're thinking about is having your name mentioned with those guys. But once it happens, you know, it's an honor.''