Adrian continues torrid tear in Sox's win streak

Adrian continues torrid tear in Sox's win streak

Adrian continues torrid tear in Sox's win streak
TORONTO -- No one has relished the Red Sox's nine-game win streak quite like Adrian Gonzalez, who has taken full advantage of his opportunities over the run.

Gonzalez has at least one RBI in all nine games and is hitting .417 (15-for-36), with five doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs over the span. He's also just the second Red Sox player to have driven in a run in nine or more consecutive games with Boston winning each contest after Dwight Evans did it in 1989.

The Red Sox traded a bounty of prospects to acquire Gonzalez in the offseason with hopes of him putting up some big numbers against the tough pitching in the American League East. But not many thought he would be this good.

Gonzalez had started every single one of the Red Sox 65 games this season and leads the AL in hits (91), doubles (22), RBIs (60), batting average (.341) and total bases (156).

"He's been exactly what we hoped for. When you see it in person, it's kind of fun," manager Terry Francona said. "You hear all the stories and look at the scouting reports and watch games on TV, but when you get to watch it every day, it's been a lot of fun."

Gonzalez has also adapted well to a new clubhouse after spending his last five big league seasons with the San Diego Padres. Gonzalez hasn't looked out of place for a moment at Fenway Park, even taking on a leadership role with the team.

It reminds Francona of what Victor Martinez did when he came over to the Red Sox from the Indians in 2009. Martinez immediately became a leader and a veteran presence in the clubhouse for a Boston team that finished with the third-best record in the AL at 95-67.

"They're different personalities. But from Day 1, [Gonzalez] has been very active and very vocal, and I think pretty comfortable," Francona said. "I think that will grow, too. ... I don't know how he feels inside, but if he was having some reservations, it certainly didn't look like it."