Game over: Red Sox 10, Astros 4
The Red Sox unleashed a 13-hit attack against Astros pitching to take their second game of the series. Andrew Miller (2-0) pitched his third strong game, lasting six innings. Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis hwd three hits apiece, while Darnell McDonald belted a three-run homer.
Yamaico Navarro also hit his first major league homer as a pinch-hitter.
Dan Wheeler allowed a run in the ninth when Matt Downs singled in Michael Bourn (4 hits).
Time of game was 3:05 before 39,021 at Minute Maid Park.
Top 9th: Red Sox 10, Astros 3
Gonzalez doubled to right, his third hit and rode home on Kevin Youkilis' RBI single, his third hit. The 2-3-4 batters: 9-for-15, 4 RBI. Let's see if Dan Wheeler can finish it out.
Top 8th: Red Sox 9, Astros 3
The Sox scored four runs. Three straight singles by Gonzalez, Youkilis and Reddick and a sac fly by Salty accounted for the first run. McDonald then struck for a three-run homer, a long, towering shot to left field.
Boy did McDonald need that.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 5, Astros 3
Alfredo Aceves came on to pitch. Heretired the first two batters, but then allowed back-to-back hits to pinch-hitter Jeff Keppinger and Michael Bourn. Matt Downs, pinch-hitting for Angel Sanchez, walked on a 3-2 count.
That brought out a Pence-ive Terry Francona. He replaced Aceves in favor of Daniel Bard.
Pence walked to force in Keppinger. Bard then retired Lee on a grounder for the final out.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Astros 2
Miller was pinch-hit for by Yamaico Navarro, who homered in his first at-bat since being recalled from Pawtucket. It was his first major league homer.
Miller went 6 innings, allowed seven hits, two runs and two walks. He struck out three. He threw 85 pitches.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 4, Astros 2
Hunter Pence homered to left. His third hit vs. Miller. Red Sox people really like him. Why not? High-energy, rightfielder with a good arm and righthanded.
Sox made defensive changes. Ortiz out at first. Gonzales moved from right to first. Josh Reddick went to left. Darnell McDonald moved to right.
Top 6th: Red Sox 4, Astros 1
Darnell McDonald 6-4-3 doubleplay. Getting tough to watch.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, Astros 1
Andrew Miller has thrown 77 pitches through five. Michael Bourn singled off his shoulder, but Miller seemed OK as he retired Sanchez for the final out.
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Astros 1
Dustin Pedroia stroked an RBI double to left scoring Jacoby Ellsbury (double to right) with his third hit. Top of Sox order - Ellsbury and Pedroia - 4-for-5 with a walk. With two outs and Pedroia at third, Youkilis grounded out to end the inning.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Astros 1
Sox get a 6-3 double-play courtesy of Clint Barmes to end the inning.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Astros 1
Terry Francona commented before the game he'd like to get Darnell McDonald going, but the extra outfielder is now 4-for-35 (.114) vs. lefties.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 3, Astros 1
Hunter Pence has his number with two hits, but otherwise Andrew Miller has been effective, though certainly not overpowering.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Astros 1
It's always hard to tell with slow runners whether they're really, really slow or they're not busting it down the first baseline. Adrian Gonzalez hit a grounder that Angel Sanchez clanged. The ball bounced a couple of feet away, but he still managed to pick it up and retire Gonzalez by more than a step.
The misplay avoided a double-play as Dustin Pedroia, who led off the with a single, advanced to second base. But Happ was able to retire Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 3, Astros 1
Miller doesn't seem to have his usual zip, throwing his fastball at 91 mph. This is a guy who can rear back and give you 96 and 97. He walked J.R. Towles, but got the pitcher Happ for the third out.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 3, Astros 1
The Sox go down in order. Marco Scutaro (4-3), Andrew Miller (strikeout) and Jacoby Ellsbury (ground out) settled Happ down.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 3, Astros 1
Andrew Miller has drawn rave reviews in his first two starts with the Red Sox, but third time wasn't a charm. At least at the outset. Leadoff hitter Michael Bourn tripled to leftcenter and scored on Angel Sanchez' single to center.
Hunter Pence ripped a single up the middle and Carlos Lee lined out hard to left.
Miller wasn't fooling anyone.
Jason Michaels bailed Miller out by knocking into an inning-ending double play.
Top 1st: Red Sox 3, Astros 0
J.A. Happ (less) allowed three runs in the top of the first inning. Things didn't go so well right off the bat when Jacoby Ellsbury, returning from a one-day absence with the flu, walked. After Dustin Pedroia reached on an infield hit with Ellsbury streaking to third on Carlos Lee's dropped throw at first base, he scored on Adrian Gonzalez' single to right field.
Kevin Youkilis followed with a single to left field scoring the second run. After David Ortiz, playing first base (with Gonzalez in right), walked, Jarrod Saltalamacchia knocked into a double play allowing the third Boston run to score.