Aug. 6: Red Sox 15, Astros 10
After Ryan Lavarnway allowed a MLB-record four passed balls in the first inning against Houston, the Red Sox knew that rookie knuckleballer Steven Wright was not going to be the answer on Aug. 6. John Farrell turned to starter-turned-reliever Brandon Workman to essentially “start” the game in the second inning, and he struggled at first after being called into the fray so quickly and unexpectedly.
Trailing 5-0 after two innings and 7-3 after four innings, the Sox exploded to score five runs in each of the next two innings, taking a 13-7 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. The Astros scored three more runs, but the Sox scored two more of their own to secure a wild 15-10 win against the AL-worst Astros.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit two home runs and recorded three RBIs with four runs scored in the win, while Jonny Gomes hit a home run of his own and recorded two hits after pinch-hitting for Mike Carp. In addition, highly touted prospect reliever Rubby De La Rosa made his Red Sox debut, striking out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.