Drew's slam snaps skid at plate

Drew's slam snaps skid at plate

BOSTON -- For all the talk about the slump of David Ortiz, J.D. Drew was perhaps in an even bigger tailspin, at least until the bottom of the third inning on Wednesday night.

That was when Drew took a swing that he hopes will change his recent misfortunes. The right fielder lined a grand slam down the right-field line that erased a three-run deficit and proved to be a key in Boston's 8-7 win over Texas in 12 innings.

Drew, as is often the case following home games, had already left Fenway Park by the time the clubhouse was open to the media.

His teammates were more than happy to talk about what they hope will be a turning-point moment for the veteran left-handed hitter.

"It was good," said Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis. "J.D.'s [homer] was great. Right down the line, a grand slam and it put us right back in the game. That was huge. That was the swing of the game. That's just a good thing for J.D., just for his psyche. [He's been] having good at-bats and he's been swinging the bat sometimes and lining out. It was very good that ball went in the right spot for a grand slam. J.D. is going to be good down the road. He's going to do some good things. He just has to figure it all out."

Drew has hit second the past two days in manager Terry Francona's reshuffled batting order. He went 1-for-5 on Wednesday night and is hitting .140 with two homers and six RBIs.

"He stayed back enough and used his hands, and hit it right where we needed him to hit it," said Francona. "So that changed the game in a hurry."

It was the fifth grand slam of Drew's career.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.