David Ortiz's two home runs and seven RBIs led the Red Sox over the Tigers Sunday night. (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

After tough start, David Ortiz (7 RBIs) getting back on track

Ryan Hannable
July 26, 2015 - 9:15 pm

Back on May 27, David Ortiz was batting .216 with six home runs and 18 RBIs and the designated hitter was benched for the first two games of a series in Texas with the hope of finding his swing. Even with some people in and around the game doubting him, Ortiz has figured things out and is looking like the player many expected to see going into the season. Following the left-handed slugger's 4-for-5, two homer, career-high seven-RBI performance against the Tigers Sunday night, his average is up to .243 and he's hit 19 home runs and has 54 RBIs this season. Since those two games down, he's batting .269 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs over 46 games. Manager John Farrell had no doubt at the time Ortiz would return to his usual self. "No, personally there was no doubt because while some might suggest -- because of his age there were a lot of comments around decreased bat speed. We didn't see that," he said. "It was more timing and getting his front foot on the ground a little more consistently. He's hit left-handers better of late as well, but no, there was no concern that he at the end of the year when you look back, his numbers would be close to where they've been year in and year out." While his numbers have gotten much better of late, Ortiz said he doesn't put much stock in them. He says it's all about winning. "I don't really worry about my numbers. I worry about winning," Ortiz said. "I worry about being able to walk out with a 'W.' That doesn't just go for me, it goes for everybody in this room. It doesn't matter if I go deep every night. If we end up not winning, who cares? The one thing that we always look for is having somebody doing something different every night to win ball games. Hopefully this thing carries over to tomorrow and the couple months that we have left." It's been a different type of season for the Red Sox as even with their win Sunday they are 11 games below .500 and 12 games out of first place in the AL East. The designated hitter admitted he may have been trying to do too much earlier in the year, single-handedly trying to jump start the Red Sox offense. "It's a long season and you work extremely hard to have a good season every year, but this is the kind of year that things are going different direction and not just for me, for everybody," he said. "But in my case I just keep on working and keep on trying every night to do something." "I got to be on top of my game every time I take the field because the pitcher tries not to make a mistake with me," he added. But, even with everything that has taken place this season, Sunday was all about Ortiz and he showed why he still is one of the best hitters in the game, despite what happened the first two months of the year. "I feel good. One of those nights where I got pitches to hit and put a good swing on it," he said.