Swihart leads PawSox with career day

Red Sox's No. 2 prospect ties personal best with four hits, plates two

Blake Swihart has hit safely in all seven games and has nine RBIs for Pawtucket. (Carl Kline/MiLB.com)

By Robert Emrich / MiLB.com | April 18, 2015 3:54 PM ET

Blake Swihart's career afternoon was a microcosm of the way the Red Sox were hitting the ball on Saturday.

Boston's No. 2 prospect tied a career high with four hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in a pair of runs to lead Triple-A Pawtucket to a 13-3 rout of visiting Rochester.

After striking out in the first inning, Swihart put together four straight hits, starting with an RBI single in the third. He capped his game with an RBI double in the seventh. The 23-year-old catcher also scored twice.

"Just trying not to do too much," Swihart said. "Doing anything I can to put a good swing on a ball, and it worked out. When the whole team is hot, it makes hitting easier."

Swihart last had four hits on April 26, 2014 with Double-A Portland. Saturday's matinee raised his batting average 73 points to .406.

"It feels great," the 2011 first-round pick said. "Anytime you get a hit, it feels great. To be able to get four of them, it's a great thing to do. It makes the game fun."

It was Swihart's third straight multi-hit game, a stretch during which he's 9-for-13, and third straight contest with at least two RBIs. He leads the Red Sox's top affiliate with nine RBIs. MLB.com's No. 19 overall prospect said there's been no change to his approach during the hot streak.

"I'm just trying to get good pitches to hit, not trying to do too much and try to put a good swing on the ball," he said.

Humberto Quintero homered twice and drove in five runs for Pawtucket, which racked up 17 hits, including four long balls. Matt Spring slugged a three-run shot and Quintin Berry added a two-run blast. Red Sox No. 14 prospect Sean Coyle scored three times.

"The whole lineup can hit," Swihart said. "Everywhere in the lineup, there is a weapon, we don't really have a weak spot. Quintero put great swings on good pitches."

PawSox starter Eduardo Rodriguez (1-0) earned his first win after giving up three runs -- two earned -- on four hits over six innings while striking out five. Even though Swihart served as the designated hitter on Saturday, he praised Boston's fourth-ranked prospect.

"He just has that confidence on the mound that you hope your starting pitcher has," Swihart said.

Brock Peterson homered for the Red Wings.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobertEmrich. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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