"Like a good laugh or Ebola, hitting can be contagious."

For the Red Sox it's certainly felt that way of late. When it's gone poorly, seemingly everyone has gone in the tank. On a night like Friday's, when the team put together a season-high for runs in its 10-3 win over Cleveland, all Boston bats cackled.

Every Red Sox hitter reached base against Cleveland's never-ending march of mediocre arms -- Tribe manager Terry Francona tried seven in all -- and the only Sox hitter without a hit was David Ortiz, who walked three times (twice intentionally).

It was a group effort unlike the team had seen to this point in the season.

"When there's contributions up and down the lineup, then there's certain guys who don't feel like they have to get something done if they're at the plate with runners in scoring position," Sox manager John Farrell said. "To know and trust one another up and down the lineup, that's what makes us tick best."

Part of being able to trust everyone in the lineup is to have talent there. Daniel Nava's return to form since he re-joined the team on June 4 from Triple A Pawtucket, along with that of Mike Napoli, has added some much needed depth to the Sox offense.

On Friday, Nava had two hits in the game and scored a run in Boston's three-run first against Indians starter Justin Masterson. That followed up a three-hit night the switch-hitting outfielder put together on Thursday.