It took only a few weeks last year for David Ortiz to rate Adrian Gonzalez among the most impressive hitters he ever has laid eyes on. So, he didn't need to see Gonzalez get three hits last night to know the slugging first baseman's two-month funk won't last all season.

Of course, a little reassurance never hurt either.

"It was good, but he's going to hit regardless," Ortiz said after the Red Sox broke a three-game losing skid with a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. "He's a good hitter. We all walk into that kind of stuff, but we always figure a way out of it."