Game over: Red Sox 8, Astros 4 Andrew Miller finished off the Astros as the Sox won their third straight against them and go for the sweep Sunday with John Lackey on the mound. Felix Doubront got the win to improve to 3-0. David Ortiz drove in three runs and is now hitting .519. Jacoby Ellsbury also drove in two runs. The game was played in 3:40 before 34,726 at Fenway.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 8, Astros 4 – The Red Sox went down in order.
Top 8th: Red Sox 8, Astros 4 – Daniel Bard couldn’t find the strike zone and walked the first two batters and was relieved by Alex Wilson. Matt Dominguez drove in the Astros fourth run with a single.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 8, Astros 3 – A Jarrod Saltalamacchia one-out double and will Midlebrooks walk, set the stage for Stephen Drew’s RBI single to center. After Ellsbury struck out, Nava singled off the wall to score Middelbrooks. Pedroia knocked in another run with a single to right.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Astros 3 – Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez is a good young player. He singled to right, moved to second on a tapper to the mound by Robbie Grossman and scored on Jose Altuve’s grounder to third. Doubront 6-2/3 innings, allowed four hits and four walks, three runs with eight strikeouts.J unichi Tazawa came on.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Astros 2 – A couple of walks to Pedroia and Ortiz, but Napoli lined hard to shortstop into a double-play.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Astros 2 – Pace picking up in this very slowly played game so far. Doubront, who did not receive the quick tempo memo, has stepped it up with another clean inning.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Astros 2 – Will Middlebrooks stroked his second hit of the game, a single to center, but the Sox couldn’t do more.
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Astros 2 – Doubront rolling, a 1-2-3 inning.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 5, Astros 2 – Daniel Nava started the inning with a double to left. After Dustrin Pedroia grounded out (moving Nava to third), Bard Peacock was removed and on came lefty Travis Blackley with Ortiz due up. Ortiz lined a sacrifice fly to left scoring the run. Mike Napoli singled to left field. But Mike Carp struck out.
Top 4th: Red Sox 4, Astros 2 – Doubront surrendered a one-out Marwin Gonzalez double, but he limits the damage.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 4, Astros 2 – The Red Sox get a Stephen Dew walk, but not much else.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 4, Astros 2 – Doubront finds himself, striking out the side (Carter, Cedeno and Corporan).
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 4, Astros 2 – The Red Sox put four on the board against Brad Peacock. Will Middlebrooks doubled high atop the left center field wall scoring Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who worked a one-out walk vs. Brad Peacock. Stephen Drew kept things alive with a walk and Jacoby Ellsbury hit a soft liner to left center that fell in scoring Middlebrooks. More damage was saved by Jose Altuve’s nice diving play to rob Nava of a hit for the second out, but Pedroia kept the inning alive with a walk before David Ortiz stroked an opposite-field double to left scoring two more.
Top 2nd: Astros 2, Red Sox 0 – Doubront was a bit more efficient. While he walked Brandon Barnes, he struck out two in the scoreless inning.
Bottom 1st: Astros 2, Red Sox 0 – With two outs, the Red Sox started something they couldn’t finish. Dustin Pedroia singled to right and David Oriiz singled to left center sending Pedroia to third on Robbie Grossman’s throwing error. But Mike Napoli struck out on a called third strike after lining a ball down the left line just foul.
Top 1st: Astros 2, Red Sox 0 – Tough start for Felix Doubront who had trouble with location. He hit a batter, walked three, uncorked a wild pitch and gave up a lead off single to Jose Altuve. He walked Chris Carter with the bases loaded, allowed a sacrifice fly to Ronny Cedeno for the second run. He then reloaded the bases with a walk to Carlos Corporan with one out before getting Matt Dominguez to pop out to short and striking out Marwin Gonzalez.