BOSTON – Although it was Mookie Betts who literally went to the Red Sox with a 4-3 win on Wednesday against Rangers at Fenway Park, it was the resurrectable Andrew Benintendi's sweet swings earlier in the game that put Red Sox in instead of a victory, they really
BOSTON – Although it was
It was a day that started with Boston back at .500. The disappointing record has been due to more people performing their expected performance levels ̵
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And therefore, it has been so important to see the left-handed hitter get his blow back. As the No. 2 hitter in the lineup, Sox will be so much better when he creates traffic for Betts and in front of JD Martinez, Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts.
Benintendi's 3-for-4 performance gave him a solid line at .327 / .389 / .612 since May 29, which is the day before he went back to No. 2 instead in batting order, that he played so well last season.
"I just think I was trying to do too much," Benintendi said. "I swung in bad places and didn't hold me in my zone. A combination of these things will not hit the ball well."
While Lance Lynn held the head of Boston's crime in his seventh consecutive quality start, Benintendi was the one who had his number.
In the first, Benintendi went perfectly on the pitch and hammered a double down on the left field. He then scored on a single by Rafael Devers.
Benintendi struck in third, unloading for an RBI triple of the wall in the middle. And in the fifth, he launched a double from Monster in the left center of another RBI.
"Today he took some good swings," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "It began to go the other way. We need him to start running the ball. It's not a drag side. It's not homers. He can hit 40, 45 double rooms, and we would take it. He's a It was good to see him swinging the bat as he did tonight, yesterday he put a good turn on the ball right in the middle and the home runs the other day. He is in a good place right now. "
There are adjustments that led to Benintendi's cover, even though he is not quite ready to disclose what they are.
"I want it to come," said Benintendi. "It has been a silt in almost the whole year trying to find my turn again. I think I've talked to many guys and I think we've found something the last few days that I will try to continue So I feel I am more consistent the last few days, just go from there. "
Benintendi admitted after the game that this is the longest he can ever remember trying to find his turn.
"It's wild," Benintendi said. "You don't even understand it until you are 25 games in and your swing just kind of adjusts everything else to how you feel. It's good to come down and watch video and go and talk to other players. I have ever tried to find it. "
And now that he has found it, he hopes to keep it. The red sox needs him – and several other important finders – to climb out of the 7 1/2 games deficits they currently have in the US league east.
"I mean, this is a game that everyone knew we needed to win and Rick [Porcello] went out there and after that he threw the ball very well and gave us a shot to win," Benintendi. "Yes, it's a big victory, so hopefully we can build it out."
This search becomes easier if Benintendi keeps shaking.
"He's swinging the wellbore. He's carrying that wall in the left middle right now," Porcello said. "He looks great."
Ian Browne has covered Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.