Postgame notes: Ortiz unstoppable vs. Astros

Postgame notes: Ortiz unstoppable vs. Astros
August 8, 2013, 4:15 am
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HOUSTON – In this three-game series with the Astros it seemed that David Ortiz was virtually invincible. And for Astros pitchers -- at least from the sixth inning on Monday until the seventh inning on Wednesday -- he was. In that stretch, Ortiz reached base in 10 consecutive plate appearances, going 8-for-8 with eight singles and two walks.
 
Ortiz went 4-for-5. He led off the ninth with his fourth single of the game, with Drake Britton entering to pinch run for him. Britton and Jonny Gomes scored on Stephen Drew’s decisive three-run homer.
 
“Impressive,” said manager John Farrell. “They shift on him, he goes the other way. They don’t put the shift on, he hits it back up the middle. We’ve seen he can get into those stretches where he sees the ball as good   as anyone. It’s  impressive  what he’s doing. He’s  hitting [.332].  I think any time you string together [eight] consecutive hits there’s a lot going for you. But you also  got to be a pretty damn good hitter to be doing that.”
 
“Hey, that ain't bad, huh?,” Ortiz said of his stretch.  “You've got to take those hits. I was driving [Astros second baseman Jose] Altuve crazy today. He didn't know where to play me  today.
 
“It is what it is. All that matters is that we won the game,” Oritz said.
 
Ortiz went 9-for-12 with eight singles and two walks. In seven games against the Astros this season, he hit .630, going 17-for-27, with two doubles, two home runs, and 10 RBI.
 
He tied his career high for the second straight game with four hits, giving him 21 career four-hit games. It was the first time in his career he did so in consecutive games. The last Sox player to have back-to-back four-hit games Carl Crawford on May 25-26, 2011 at Cleveland.
 
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The Red Sox have come from behind to win six of their past seven wins since July 30.

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Drew’s three-run, home run was the first go-ahead home run by a Sox shortstop in the ninth inning or later since Nick Green's in the ninth inning on June 21, 2009, at Fenway Park against the Braves.

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Gomes' two-run home run in the seventh cut the Astros lead to one run. Gomes has now hit a home run in back-to-back games for the first time since he did so in three straight games from Aug. 7-12, 2012.

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Dustin Pedroia went 12-for-27 in the season series against the Astros, batting.444, with four doubles and six RBI in seven games.

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Shane Victorino was ejected in the top of the seventh after getting called out on a checked swing by third base umpire Brian Knight with the bases loaded to end the sixth. It was his fifth career ejection and first since  Aug. 5, 2011, against the Giants while he was with the Phillies. It was the sixth team ejection for the Sox this season. ... Astros manager Bo Porter was ejected in the bottom of the ninth. It was the first ejection for the Astros this season. ... The Sox went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, leaving 11 runners on base. They left runners in scoring position in every inning but the third, eighth, and ninth.