Sox come alive in sixth inning, beat Astros, 9-4

Sox come alive in sixth inning, beat Astros, 9-4
August 14, 2014, 10:15 pm
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BOSTON - It took one inning - one very big inning - for the Red Sox to turn their night around.

Down 4-1 entering the 6th inning, the previously listless Red Sox scored a season-high seven runs on their way to a 9-4 win over the Astros.

And the inning all started with a single hustle play.

Brock Holt led things off with a single - so we thought - up the middle. But Holt motored up the first base line and turned on the jets as he rounded first, sliding into second base and catching the Astros off guard.

That was just the beginning of the end for Astros pitcher Scott Feldman. The Sox would send 12 batters to the plate in the 6th, chasing Feldman from the game after Will Middlebrooks lined to center with the bases loaded and one out to even the score, 4-4.

Astros reliever Darin Downs would have no answer for Boston's new-found offense either. He walked in a run and allowed another to score on a sacrifice fly. After walking his second batter, he was pulled for Michael Foltynewicz.

Pedroia would greet him with a ground-rule double that scored two before David Ortiz ended the inning.

Red Sox starter Allen Webster earned the win after a bit of a bumpy start. Webster pitched 6.0 innings allowing five hits and three walks while striking out two. At one point in the 2nd inning, he threw eight straight balls to put two men on-base. One ended up scoring.

The Astros would go up 4-0 in the game when Matt Dominguez crushed a two-run homer over the Monster in the 4th inning.

But Feldman couldn't hold onto the lead, imploding in the 6th before handing the ball over to an incompetent bullpen.

Feldman was charged with 7 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks in 5.1 innings.

Alex Wilson, called up to Boston prior to the game, pitched a scoreless 7th inning after putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Daniel Nava and Christian Vazquez combined for the double play as Nava made the catch for the inning's second out and got Jake Marisnick at home trying to tag from third.

Junichi Tazawa came on to pitch a scoreless 8th inning, and Craig Breslow shut the door in the 9th.

The Red Sox have now won four games in a row, their longest winning streak since a five-game streak from July 13-21.