Before Sunday night's game against the Kansas City Royals, Mike Napoli had gone 10 straight games without a home run.

That doesn't mean he wasn't tearing it up, though. Because during that 10-game stretch, the Red Sox first baseman raised his average from .194 to .254. And after Sunday night's 3-for-5 performance against the Royals, he raised his average once again, to .267.

He also raised his home run total to three, with a solo bomb onto Lansdowne Street in the first inning.

Napoli was a triple shy of the cycle in Sunday night's 5-4 loss to the Royals, and finished with two RBIs. His 20 RBI's leads the team.

"I think over the past seven-to-10 days, we're seeing his swing start to get a little bit shorter," said Red Sox manager John Farrell afterwards. "He's getting the good velocity. He's come up with some big hits for us in some RBI situations."

His solo jack in the first inning tied the game at 1-1. And his single to left-center in the bottom of the fifth scored Daniel Nava from second to give Boston a 4-3 lead.