PAWTUCKET, RI -- Shane Victorino heard PawSox manager Kevin Boles shouting at him as he lay on the dirt after sliding headfirst into the third base bag.
"Stay here! Stay here! Stay here!" Boles, who is also the team's third base coach, ordered.
But Victorino was urged to do otherwise.
He had gone from first to third on a single and the throw ball to get him had bounced into foul territory. Nagging hamstring and back injuries be damned, he sprinted for home and scored.
"It's instincts of the game," Victorino said after he helped the PawSox beat Buffalo 5-2. "That's what it's about. The positive thing is I felt good. I couldn't test myself any more than I did tonight."
Victorino has been limited to 21 Major League games this season and has been on the disabled list since May 24. He took a big step toward a return to the big leagues by playing nine innings in Thursday's rehab game.
He had four at-bats -- and was on deck for a fifth in the ninth inning -- going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. His first of two singles into the hole between short and third broke what had been a 1-for-33 slump in his rehab outings.
He is scheduled to be back in Pawtucket for one more game, but he told reporters on Thursday night that he held out hope he could sweet-talk the Red Sox into allowing him back to Boston for Friday's matchup with the Royals.
"Hopefully I can do some smooching and talk my way back into being there tomorrow but who knows?" he said. "I'm scheduled to come back tomorrow here and get another one under my belt but that could change."
That trip around the bases in the sixth inning gave Victorino's hamstring and back a good test, as did his brief sprint when he scored from second on a Travis Shaw double in the seventh.
"I feel good," he said. "We'll see how I feel tomorrow . . . I tested in pretty much every way I could possibly test myself. I don't know what else I could do. [But] it's also about playing back to back games."
If it's up to him, though, he'd be back in Boston to stay starting Friday.
"As I said, they scheduled me to be here tomorrow for one more game, but hopefully I can do some talking and change that. But it's about continuous play. That's what they're nervous about. They want to make sure I can play continuous games back to back."