Sox bats 'come to life' in sixth inning

Sox bats 'come to life' in sixth inning
August 15, 2014, 12:30 am
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BOSTON - This game had the makings of so many others this season.

The Sox had a handful of hits and one run as they went into the 6th inning trailing the Astros, 4-1.

There wasn't much reason to believe things would change, but boy did things change in a hurry.

Just ask Astros starter Scott Feldman, who still doesn't know what hit him - or what didn't hit him in this case.

The Sox sent a season-high 12 men to the plate on their way to a season-high seven runs in the 6th inning.

It started with a single-turned-double by Brock Holt and spiraled out of control for the Astros from there.

The Sox scored twice before loading the bases for the first time for Will Middlebrooks, who singled in another run. That would end Feldman's night, but the Sox were not done, scoring four more runs off Astros relievers. When the dust settled, they had an 8-4 lead and wouldn't look back.

"Yeah, we came to life," John Farrell said. "We were able to combine some base on balls with some base hits. Seems like we got a couple pitches up on the plate from Feldman, which for the first time or two in the order he kept us in check, kept us off-balance. But good to see us break out. A very good offensive night overall, particularly by Pedey (Pedroia) and particularly with the two-run double to cap that 6th inning. To come from behind, a good win."

That 6th inning is obviously a major outlier of this season. The Sox still rank dead last in the AL with 461 runs and an average of 3.84 runs per game. Thursday's win marked just the third time over the last 21 games that they've scored more than four runs, however they've now done so in back-to-back games.

They're dead last in the AL East, 14.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. They're 10.5 games out of a wild card spot, too. In other words, there isn't a whole lot of hope surrounding their postseason chances this year. But Boston has now won four games in a row. The trade deadline is in the rearview and it's now just about playing baseball.

"We have a bunch of guys who are trying to finish the season in terms of finishing strong," Daniel Nava said. "We know where we stand but that doesn't mean that we can't go out there and give it a strong finish. So I think there's a lot of guys trying to make a push also and open some eyes as well. So there's a lot of guys who have a lot to play for."