Top of the 8th, Astros 10, Red Sox 7
A huge clap of thunder and some lightning have given way to pouring rain. The game was delayed at 3:51 p.m., and I can’t imagine they’ll play any more today. The players pretty much ran off the field.
Top of the 7th, Astros 10, Red Sox 7
Papelbon was pulled out of the game after giving up a broken-bat single that scored yet another run. Six runs, five earned. Ramon Ramirez in to try and clean up the mess.
Top of the 7th, Astros 9, Red Sox 7
It’s Game 3 all over again as Papelbon is getting rocked. He has given up five runs on four hits, a hit batter, a walk and an error. Three of the hits were doubles and all were crushed. This is his first slip-up of the spring and it’s a doozy. Houston has sent nine men to the plate.
Top of the 7th, Red Sox 7, Astros 4
Changes aplenty for both teams including Michael (brother of Nomar) Garciaparra now playing for Houston. Papelbon pitching for the Sox. Houston scored a run in the top of the sixth but the Sox came back with two. Looks like rain is coming.
Top of the 6th inning, Red Sox 5, Astros 3
Lester is done with his day. His line: 5.1 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts, 1 home run, 75 pitches/54 strikes. Okajima in to relieve him with the bases empty in the sixth.
End of the 4th, Red Sox 5, Astros 3
Jon Lester is out for the fifth inning.
Middle of the 3rd, Red Sox 5, Astros 3
Kaz Matsui does it again. After Jason Bourgeois reached on a bunt single, Matsui lined a homer over the fence in left. Lester has allowed four hits over three innings — three for extra bases.
Bottom of the 2nd, Red Sox 5, Astros 1
Who says the Red Sox lack power. Mike Cameron has hit a two-run shot and Dustin Pedroia a three-run shot. It’s 5-1 and Astros starter Bud Norris has been chased after throwing 57 pitches over 1.2 innings. The tragically named Pat Urckfitz now pitching.
Middle of the 2nd, Astros 1, Red Sox 0
Ellsbury singled in the first inning, went to second on a wild pitch and third on an error. But he was stranded. Lester just retired the side in order in the second inning.
Top of the 1st, Astros 0, Red Sox 0
It’s a little overcast but 79 degrees here in the Fort. The state hoop champs from Fort Myers High were honored before the game. Nice work, Green Wave. Jon Lester about to take the mound.
Middle of the 1st, Astros 1, Red Sox 0
Kaz Matsui and Geoff Blum had doubles for the Astros off Lester but he ended the inning by stranding Blum on third.