BOSTON – The Red Sox sent a 12 batters to the plate in the sixth inning, scoring seven runs for a come-from-behind 9-4 win over the Astros at Fenway Park Thursday night.
The 12 batters were the most in one inning since 13 Red Sox hitters went to the plate in the fifth inning on Aug. 12, 2012, at Cleveland. The seven runs are the most the Sox have scored in one inning this season.
Allen Webster, although shaky at times, earned the win, improving to 3-1, lowering his ERA from 4.91 to 4.79. He went six innings, giving up four runs, three earned on five this and three walks with two strikeouts and a home run.
Prior to the sixth inning, the Sox had been able to do little against Astros starter Scott Feldman. Trailing 4-1, the Sox had just four hits in the game. No. 9 hitter Christian Vazquez recorded the Sox’ first hit, a two-out single in the third.
But the Sox began to get to the Houston right-hander in the fourth when Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz opened the inning with consecutive singles, with Pedroia scoring when Yoenis Cespedes grounded into a double play.
After a 1-2-3 fifth, the Sox opened the floodgates in the sixth. Feldman, left-hander Darin Downs, and right-hander Michael Foltynewicz combined to throw 53 pitches in the inning, giving up seven runs, on six this, two walks, a passed ball, and a sacrifice fly.
The Sox added another run in the eighth off Foltynewicz when Bradley, Vazquez, and Holt reached on consecutive singles to open the inning.
The Astros had a 4-0 lead off Webster after four innings. Webster opened the second with consecutive walks to Dexter Fowler and Jason Castro. An error by Napoli on a ball hit by Jon Singleton allowed Fowler to score.
In the third Marwin Gonzalez led off with a double, scoring when Robbie Grossman, the next batter singled to center.
The Astros scored two in the fourth when Singleton led off with a walk, scoring on Dominguez’s home run into the Monster seats in left-center.
MVP: Dustin Pedroia
Pedroia went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBI. It is his 10th game this season with at least three hits, his first since July 6 against the Orioles, when he went 3-for-6. It is his 39th multi-hit game this season, most on the Sox.
Pedroia has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games beginning July 29, batting .379, going 22-for-58 with multiple hits in nine of those games.
GOAT: Scott Feldman
Given a 4-1 lead entering the sixth, Feldman allowed the first three batters to reach before recording an out. He faced seven batters in the inning, with sixth scoring.
He went 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks with one strikeout.
The Astros had runners at second and third with one out in the seventh, threatening to reduce the deficit after the Sox’ seven-run sixth, when Jose Altuve hit what could have been a sacrifice fly to Daniel Nava in right. But Nava made strong throw to Christian Vazquez to cut down Jake Marisnick by several steps, ending the inning.
TWEET OF THE GAME:
NUMBERS TO KNOW:
The seven runs in the sixth were the most the Sox scored in one inning since scoring eight runs in the bottom of the sixth on Sept. 4, 2013, against the Tigers. It was the first time this season the Sox have scored at least nine runs without hitting a home run, and first time since June 25, 2013, against the Rockies…In eight games at Fenway, the Sox have outscored the Astros 52-13…The Astros have yet to win at Fenway Park…The four-run lead the Astros blew matches their largest lead lost this season. The Astros have lost six consecutive road games since July 23…This was the Sox ninth straight game in which a starting pitcher has allowed four or fewer runs, posting a combined ERA of 3.26, allowing 21 earned runs in 58 innings. The Sox are 6-3 in those games…Daniel Nava went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored and a walk, recording multiple extra-base hits in a game for the first time since Sept. 15, 2013, against the Yankees. He recorded his sixth outfield assist of the season, throwing out Jake Marisnick at the plate in the seventh. Only Jackie Bradley, with 13, has more outfield assists while playing for the Sox this season…Brock Holt went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to eight games, in which he is batting .278, going 10-for-36…Will Middlebrooks’ bases-loaded, RBI single in the sixth tied the game. He is batting .409, going 9-for-22, with 26 RBI in 23 career plate appearances with the bases loaded. He is 3 for his last 4 with the bases loaded…Bradley’s bases-loaded walk in the sixth was the Sox’ sixth bases-loaded walk of the season, and first since David Ortiz’s on July 13 at Houston. It was Bradley’s first walk since July 24, a span of 46 plate appearances…Christian Vazquez went 2-for-3 with an RBI. It was his fourth multi-hit game since being called up July 9. His sixth-inning sacrifice fly was his third…Jose Altuve has a five-game hitting streak in which he is batting .450, going 9-for-20…Matt Dominguez’s two-run home run was his 14th of the season, and first since July 28 against the A’s…Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. It was his third career game with multiple extra-base hits, and his first since Aug. 26, 2012, at the Mets.
WHAT IT MEANS:
With the win, the Sox are now riding a four-game win streak, their longest since a five-game streak from July 13-21, their longest of the season. It is their third winning streak of at least four games this season.
The Red Sox and Astros play the second of their four-game set at Fenway Friday at 7:10 p.m. Right-hander Clay Buchholz (5-7. 5.99) is scheduled to start, opposed by left-hander Dallas Keuchel (10-8, 3.07).
Buchholz faced the Astros in Houston on July 13, recording a complete-game shutout and season-high 12 strikeouts. He has recorded four double-digit strikeout games in his career, two against the Astros.
In his last five starts, Buchholz is 1-2 with a 7.50 ERA, allowing 25 earned runs in 30 innings with 37 hits, 15 walks, and 21 strikeouts.
Keuchel has faced the Sox just once in his career, going two thirds of an inning last season, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk. He took the loss in his last start, Aug. 10 against the Rangers, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks in six innings. The Astros are 11-11 in his 22 starts this season.