CLEVELAND -- Luke Scott busted out of his slump in grand style Friday night with a two-run homer in the fifth against the Indians to snap an 0-for-41 stretch.
When asked what it felt like to finally get a hit, he replied: "Just take a 300-pound gorilla and pull it off my back. Just been a lot of weight. A lot of pressure. And I hope this is the start of getting back on track."
Scott, who established a team record for most consecutive at-bats without a hit, went 0-for-2 to start Friday night's game. He looked bad in his second at-bat, when he struck out swinging at a 3-2 pitch well out of the strike zone.
But in Scott's third at-bat, he swung at the first pitch he saw from Justin Masterson and deposited the ball 388 feet from home plate into the stands in right-center field.
"No, I didn't think I got it," Scott said. "I knew I hit it well, but when you go to the middle part of the park, you've got to hit them at a 45-degree [angle] or lower, and that one took off at a high angle and I'm like, 'another warning track fly ball,' but I back-spun it good enough to get it out."
Scott had called the hitless stretch the toughest stretch of his career. He thanked his teammates for their support afterward.
"They've been supportive of it all," Scott said. "Through this difficult time, we've been looking for a way to laugh it off. This stuff will drive you crazy and really get you down. But they've been great through it all and very supportive. I'm blessed to have them as my teammates."
Scott finished five at-bats shy of the current Major League record for a position player, held by Eugenio Velez, who compiled an 0-for-46 streak for the Giants and Dodgers from 2010 through 2011.