Drew does work at the plate in Sox win

Drew does work at the plate in Sox win
May 7, 2013, 2:00 am
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BOSTON – Stephen Drew essentially had no spring training, getting sidelined by a concussion on March 7 against the Twins. He was activated from the disabled list on April 10, but has been slow to show much of an offensive spark.
 
That was not the case Monday night against the Twins at Fenway Park, when he led the Sox offense to a 6-5 win in 11 innings.
 
Drew went 4-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI.  His seventh-inning solo home run tied the game and his 11th-inning double scored the game-winning run.
 
"He's been swinging the bat much better of late,” said manager John Farrell. “A key at-bat to walk it off and a home run earlier to get it closer.
 
"The one thing we talked with Stephen about is the last few days or so it’s almost like the end of spring training with his at-bats getting up. You can see his timing getting better and better.”
 
With two outs in the 11th inning, Jarrod Saltalamacchia reached on an infield single off Twins right-hander Jared Burton. Will Middlebrooks followed with a single to left, sending Saltalamacchia to second. With the count 0-and-1, Drew sent a Burton fastball toward the wall in left. The ball, appearing to be catchable, fell at the base of the wall between left fielder Josh Willingham and center fielder Aaron Hicks, as Saltalamacchia scored the winning run.
 
“I knew I hit it good, but you never know here,” Drew said of his game-winner. “Sometimes I think I hit the ball good to right and it gets held up. Just a good night. Everybody battled. Salty ran out his (infield)  hit and Middlebrooks gets a big hit. Nobody gives up here. We’re winning games and having fun.”

It was the third walk-off hit of his career, and the first since April 17, 2011, against the Giants, with the Diamondbacks. It was the 13th four-hit game of his career.
 
He has two home runs this season, both in the last five games after going 16 games without a homer. Drew pulled his game-tying home run, off Casey Fien on a 3-and-1 count in the seventh into the right field seats.
 
“I got into a good count,” Drew said of that at-bat. “Got a pitch I wanted and put good a swing on it.”
 
He was also thrown out at the plate, after an RBI single with two outs, ending the inning.
 
“For me, initially, I know you can’t argue and do that stuff,” he said. “I know it was bang-bang I knew I had my hand in there and then I felt the tag. It’s one of those things where he actually came back to tag me again. So anyhow, it is what it is. Tonight just worked out for us.”
 
Drew, who was a triple shy of the cycle, raised his average from .182 to .225.
 
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It was the third walk-off win this season for the Sox, who improved to 2-1 in extra innings.

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It was the Sox’ first win of the season when trailing after six innings. They are now 1-7 in such situations.

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Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5, including a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth in a 10-pitch at-bat. It was his first home run of the season, and his first since Sept. 11, 2012 against the Yankees, ending a career-long 48-game homerless streak. His three hits matched a season high for the third time. He is now 21-for-60, batting .350, in 17 home games this season, including 13-for-27 (.481) in a seven-game hitting streak.
 
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Shane Victorino  went 3-for-5 with a solo home run  leading off the fourth. It was his first home run of the season.
 
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David Ortiz eighth-inning double extended his hitting streak to 14 games this season, and  26 games since July 2, 2012. In that time he is batting .430, going 40-for-93 with 11 doubles, six home runs, 23 RBI and 17 walks. His 26-game hit streak is the longest by a Sox since Manny Ramirez hit safely in 27 straight contests from  July 15 – Aug. 12, 2006. Ortiz has hit in all 14 games played this season, the longest season-starting hit streak by any ML player in 2013 and the longest by a Red Sox since Kevin Millar in 2003  in the first  14  games. Ortiz has at least one extra-base hit in 12 of his last 13 games this season with nine doubles and four home runs.