BOSTON -- Perhaps Stephen Drew was on to something when he said things were coming around at the plate Saturday afternoon.
After hitting his first home run of the season in the first game of the Red Sox's doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, Drew wasted little time collecting No. 2, homering off Ubaldo Jimenez in the fourth inning of Game 2 for his second home run on the day. He became the first Red Sox player to hit a home run in both games of a doubleheader since Jacoby Ellsbury did it in 2011 against the New York Yankees.
"It's a work in progress," Drew said. "Putting good swings on some pitches and getting some more results. That's a good feeling."
Having struck out looking on three pitches in his first at-bat, Drew got his second look at Jimenez three innings later with Mike Napoli at first following a leadoff walk. After watching a slider slip outside the zone for a ball, Drew turned on a 90 mph fastball that soared toward the right-field corner on a line for a two-run home run. The hit was Boston's first of the day and kicked off an inning in which the Sox would score all four of their runs in their eventual 7-4 loss.
"He's been working at some things, trying to get some timing," manager John Farrell said. "Good to see him get a couple of balls that he squares up to the pull side.
"It's not been a lack of work. It's not been a lack of effort by any means. Good to see him be in the mix here tonight and today."
Entering Saturday with only 66 major league at-bats this season, Drew said he's just now starting to feel as if he's coming out of spring training mode at the plate. Since going hitless in 29 at-bats from June 17 to 27, Drew has hits in four of his past six games along with four of his five RBIs on the season.
"Not being in this position before, I knew it was going to be different coming in," Drew said. "It's definitely something I've been looking forward to and hopefully it keeps going this way for me."
After the two-homer performance on Saturday, Drew hopes his success at the plate in both games is only the start of greater things to come.
"It's only a matter of time," he said. "Hopefully I can start stringing some three-, four-hit games here coming up and move on."