When Jonny Gomes signed a two-year deal with the Red Sox, he was advertised as a hard-nosed player. A good chemistry guy not known for his glove, but adequate on defense. Someone who could get on base more than the average player, hit more than his share of home runs, and mash left-handed pitching.

The first half of the equation has borne out. The second half has been slower, but the upcoming schedule may favor the emergence of a fuller Gomes.

The night after he started against a right-hander because of Shane Victorino’s back injury and knocked in the game-winning run (also against a right-hander) with a 10th-inning sacrifice fly, Gomes was back in the lineup against left-hander Scott Diamond. He went 1-for-4 with a walk in the 12-5 win, doubling off Diamond in the fifth. It was just his 22nd start in the Red Sox’ 43rd game, but more figure to come soon. Another lefty starter, Pedro Hernandez, is on the mound this afternoon, and the White Sox will start two southpaws in the three-game series that begins tomorrow night in Chicago.

“With any player, Jonny’s track record kind of shows that early season it takes him a while to get going,” manager John Farrell said before the game. “The more regular at-bats are certainly going to help with that. On this trip, he’s going to have a number of at-bats and games played consecutively. We could sure use what he’s capable of in getting him involved in the mix.”

Gomes is batting .187, but with a respectable .337 on-base percentage slightly below the team’s .343 mark.