Gonzalez triples for 1,000th career hit

Gonzalez triples for 1,000th career hit

Gonzalez triples for 1,000th career hit
BOSTON -- Adrian Gonzalez has three triples this season, three more than Jacoby Ellsbury, who's notched as many as 10 in a year. Gonzalez, in fact, is only one off Carl Crawford's team-leading tally of four.

"I was telling Jacoby, 'I got more triples than you do, what's going on?'" Gonzalez said after Boston's 12-3 romp over Milwaukee on Sunday. "He just said, 'Hey, you're faster than me.'"

Three in a season ties a career high for Gonzalez -- whose foot speed doesn't come close to matching that of his bat -- and when he notched his third on Sunday, in the bottom of the fourth inning, it gave him a milestone. Not only was it his 100th hit of the season, it was the 1,000th of his career.

"It's definitely something that you don't think about when you come into the league, but it's nice to get, and we'll move on," said Gonzalez, who legged out the hit, which went to the deepest part of Fenway Park, in center. "I've always said statistics aren't really something I really focus on. It's nice to get there, but it's already behind me."

"He hit it at that 420 [mark]," said Ellsbury. "You hit it there, you've got to get a triple."

There was no play at third after the relay throw from second baseman Rickie Weeks went past Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee. The hit chased Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo, too.

Third-base coach Tim Bogar made sure the ball was kept for Gonzalez after it briefly entered the Brewers' dugout.

Gonzalez, who's hitting a Major League-best .348 and went 2-for-5 on Sunday with a pair of RBIs and a strikeout, last collected three triples in 2007, when he was with the Padres.

"He's not going to stop there," manager Terry Francona said of the 1,000 hits. "You'll probably see 2,000 somewhere down the road here. He's a pretty good hitter."

Gonzalez has more extra-base hits, 42, through the team's first 71 games than any Sox hitter since David Ortiz, who had 44 in 2004.

Ortiz, who would be a thrilling matchup with Gonzalez in a foot race, chalked up the three-bagger to the holiday.

"You don't get that every day," Ortiz said. "That might be a Father's Day gift."

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.