Rusney Castillo's first extra-base hit of the season, a home run in the eighth inning, jump-started the Red Sox' comeback bid. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Rusney Castillo: 'Very exciting and very rewarding' to hit HR to jump-start Red Sox' comeback win

Ryan Hannable
June 07, 2015 - 2:49 pm

With one swing of the bat Sunday, Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo changed the entire game. Castillo crushed a solo home run over the Green Monster in the eighth inning, making it a 4-1 game at the time, but more importantly the home run chased A's starter Kendall Graveman from the game and set the stage for the Red Sox' 7-4 come-from-behind win. Graveman had shutout the Red Sox to that point in the game, retiring 13 straight batters before the hit in his 7 1/3 innings, which were a career-high. He was removed from the game following the homer, going 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits, while walking two and striking out six. The Red Sox would then go on to score six more runs against Oakland relievers in their comeback win, including another RBI single from Castillo for the final run. "It kept building," manager John Farrell said of the eighth inning. "Like I said, the solo home run from Rusney kind of jump starts us. Then Pedey [Pedroia] and Brock with back-to-back base hits and you could feel it happening there. Knowing that Hanley is swinging the bat as well as he has over the past 7-10 days, you're always a swing away with Hanley at the plate. We continue to pass the baton and it was the beginning of a big inning." Added Castillo through a translator: "Obviously it's very exciting and very rewarding to know that kind of sparks that kind of win. More than anything, just excited that we got the win as a result of that and second to have finally hit my first home run of the 2015 season." For Castillo it was his first home run, and first extra-base hit of the season. He had gone 48 plate appearances without an extra-base hit before Sunday. He is now hitting .245 and has hit safely in nine of 13 starts. "What was key was to really stay discipline and stay with a routine," Castillo said. "Obviously at first I didn't get the results I wanted, tough breaks here and there, but stayed with it, stayed disciplined and were able to break though." The outfielder, like the rest of the team, is hoping to use Sunday's big win as a jumping off point to keep the momentum rolling into the upcoming road trip and beyond. "It's obviously a good feeling," Castillo said. "Makes for a lot of preparation and a lot of work and staying discipline with where we were at and things finally worked out the way I would have liked them to."