Aug. 7: Red Sox 7, Astros 5
One night after coming back from five runs down to win a 15-10 game, the Red Sox once again found themselves down to the worst team in the American League, this time going into the top of the ninth inning. With the prospect of losing a series to a team that was almost 40 games below .500, the Red Sox were saved in the inning by a guy who keeps coming up with clutch hits, but is still questioned by fans as to why he played so much: Stephen Drew.
Facing a 5-4 deficit entering the top of the ninth, David Ortiz led off the inning with a single. John Farrell then elected to pinch-run for Ortiz, not an unusual idea, but with an unusual player, as he sent out relief pitcher Drake Britton to run at first. After Mike Carp lined out to left field, Jonny Gomes walked to bring up Drew with two on and one out. Drew took the first pitch from Josh Fields for a strike, but smacked the second offering 375 feet into the right field bleachers, turning the Red Sox one-run deficit into a two-run lead. Koji Uehara came in to close the game in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the side to help the Red Sox steal the series from Houston.