The biggest hit? That would've been Jarrod Saltalamacchia's three-run home run, which helped turn a one-run game in the fifth inning into a giggler.

The most cathartic hits? Without question, they belonged to Adrian Gonzalez.

It wasn't so much that the Red Sox first baseman had begun stressing over the 0-for-14 drought he lugged into Kauffman Stadium last night. On the contrary, Gonzalez spoke calmly and even analytically before batting practice about his swing, typically as gorgeous as a supermodel but out of whack for nearly a month.

But when the early MVP frontrunner goes four games without a hit — and 82 plate appearances without a home run — everyone around him starts to wonder if something is wrong.

So, for Gonzalez to record three hits, including a pair of doubles, and a sacrifice fly in the Red Sox' 7-1 rout of the Royals, it allowed for some perspective.