Game over: Red Sox 7, Astros 5 – Koji Uehara is a strike-throwing machine, the Astros are completely inept and Stephen Drew’s three-run homer in the top of the 9th sealed the deal as the Red Sox came away winning two out of three vs the Astros. They are now off to Kansas City for a tough four-game series. There were 22,205 on hand at Minute Maid for a game which lasted 3:53. David Ortiz stroked four hits to improve his average to .332, Jonny Gomes added a two-run homer to pace Boston’s 12-hit attack. Uehara now has 11 saves.
Top 9th: Red Sox 7, Astros 5 – Stephen Drew sent a hanging breaking pitch by Josh Fields into the rightfield bleachers with Drake Britton and Jonny Gomes aboard to turnaround a 5-4 deficit into a 7-5 lead. David Ortiz, 4-for-5, singled to lead off the inning. Jonny Gomes walked on a 3-2 pitch before Drew struck. Fields had saved Houston’s first win in the first game of the series.
Bottom 8th: Astros 5, Red Sox 4 – Tazawa tosses another solid inning. Keeps the game close.
Top 8th: Astros 5, Red Sox 4 – Top of the Red Sox order bows out to Chia-Jen Lo.
Bottom 7th: Astros 5, Red Sox 4 – Astros went down in order vs. Junichi Tazawa.
Top 7th: Astros 5, Red Sox 4 – Jonny Gomes smacked a two-run homer to left with Mike Carp (single to left) aboard to pull Boston to within a run. The rally came with two outs. The Red Sox extended it with a Drew single and Salty walk, but after the second pitching change of the inning, Brandon Snyder, pinch-hitting for Brock Holt, ran the count to 3-2 before striking out against righty Chia-Jen Lo.
Bottom 6th: Astros 5, Red Sox 2 – The Astros opened things up vs. the Red Sox. Grossman, smacked a double to rightcenter and scored after he advanced on a wild pitch to third and came in on Jose Altuve’s infield single to third. Castro doubled in the second run and Marc Krauss’ sacrifice fly accounted for the third run.
Top 6th: Red Sox 2, Astros 2 – Good relief work by Wesley Wright and Josh Zeid. The Red Sox loaded the bases with three walks (Gomes and Drew vs. Coasart) and Holt vs. Walker. Walker struck out Salty and Ellsbury and Zeid struck out Victorino. Yes, the old 3k-3BB inning.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, Astros 2 – Astros are retired in order by Dempster who has a good split-fingered pitch tonight.
Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Astros 2 – David Ortiz has reached base 10 straight times with seven singles and three walks after his third hit tonight. His single moved Dustin Pedroia to third (after a walk), but Mike Carp knocked into a double-play to end the threat.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Astros 2 – After a Jason Castro single, Krauss knocked into a double-play and Brett Wallace struck out to end the inning.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Astros 2 – With two outs, Jarrod Saltalamacchia stroked his second hit, a single to left field. After Brock Holt walked, Jacoby Ellsbury K’d.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Astros 2 – Robbie Grrossman homered off Dempster with a shot to the right field second deck with Jake Elmore aboard. It was the 22nd homer Dempster has allowed. Elmore had reached with a ground-rule double and one out.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Astros 0 – Good base-running by David Ortiz helped get the Red Sox their second run. Dustin Pedroia had reached on an infield single to shortstop and Ortiz singled to center sending Pedroia to third. Carp hit a routine grounder to first, as first baseman Brett Wallace stepped on first for the out and then Ortiz got himself caught up between first and second before he got tagged, but not before the run had scored.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Astros 0 – Castro and Krauss struck out before Brett Wallace singled. But Matt Dominguez flew out to center
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Astros 0 – The Red Sox scored first. Gomes walked and Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled to right field. Brock Holt grounded out to second base scoring Gomes.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Astros 0 – Easy inning for Ryan Dempster, who retired the side in order. Dempster has not lost in his last seven starts but allowed seven runs on nine hits over six innings vs. Seattle on August 1st.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Astros 0 – The Red Sox produced two hits but no runs against rookie righty Jarred Cosart, Shane Victorino singled with one out and David Ortiz singled to an abandoned spot through the infield at third base for the second hit. But with two outs, Cosart broke Mike Carp’s bat as he bounced back to he pitcher for the final out.