Sox come back, explode for 15 runs on Astros

Sox come back, explode for 15 runs on Astros
August 7, 2013, 12:00 am
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HOUSTON – Steven Wright’s first major league start didn’t go as he likely would have dreamed. He lasted just one inning, giving up three runs on one hit and two walks with a strikeout, a hit batter, a wild pitch, and four passed balls by catcher Ryan Lavarnway to tie a major league record for passed balls in an inning.
 
But, the Sox offense continued to chip away at the lead, until they eventually piled on the runs, on their way to 15-10 win.
 
Brandon Workman relieved Wright and gave up two runs in the second, spotting the Astros a 5-0 lead after two. Workman, who has been stellar in three major league starts – with a 2.45 ERA – struggled in this relief outing. In 4 2/3 innings, he gave up six runs on nine hits with two walks and two home runs as his ERA climbed from 3.54 to 5.04. But, it was good enough to earn the win, improving to 2-1.
 
The Red Sox offense chipped away at Houston starter Jordan Lyles, until they drove him from the game after just 4 2/3 innings, and the Sox leading 8-5. Lyles took the loss, falling to 4-6 with a 5.40 ERA.
 
The Sox first four batters – Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, and David Ortiz – combined to go 11-for-18 with 11 runs scored, seven RBI, two doubles, and two home runs.
 
Ortiz went 4-for-4, with two runs scored, two RBI, and a walk. He tied a career high with four hits for the 20th time and third time this season, along with July 9 at Seattle and July 28 at Baltimore.
 
Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with four runs scored, three RBI, two walks, and two home runs. He had a two-run shot in the second and a solo shot leading off the seventh. He is first Sox lead-off hitter to score four runs and hit two home runs in a game since Darren Bragg on Aug. 8, 1998 at Texas. Since 1920, the only other Sox centerfielders to score four runs and hit two home runs in a game are Fred Lynn in 1975 and Ellis Burks in 1987.
 
Jonny Gomes went 2-for-3 with a run scored and four RBI.  He  pinch-hit for Mike Carp in the sixth, hitting a three-run homer to left field. It was his fourth pinch-hit home run of the season. Del Wilber, with four pinch-hit home runs in 1953, and Joe Cronin, with five in 1943, are the only other Sox batters with as many in a season.
 
Left-hander Drake Britton went 2 1/3 innings, giving up one run on one hit, with no walks and three strikeouts. The only run he allowed came on Jake Elmore’s eighth-inning home run.
 
Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, acquired in the blockbuster trade in August 2012 with the Dodgers, made his Red Sox debut, with a scoreless in the ninth inning, striking out two.

STAR OF THE GAME: Jacoby Ellsbury
Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI on two home runs. It was his fourth career multi-home run game and first since Sept. 22, 2011, at Yankee Stadium. He is first Sox lead-off hitter to score four runs and hit two home runs in a game since Darren Bragg on Aug. 8, 1998 at Texas. Since 1920, the only other Sox centerfielders to score four runs and hit two home runs in a game are Fred Lynn in 1975 and Ellis Burks in 1987.
 
 
HONORABLE MENTION: David Ortiz
Ortiz went 4-for-4, with two runs scored, two RBI, and a walk. He tied a career high with four hits for the 20th time and third time this season, along with July 9 at Seattle and July 28 at Baltimore.
 
He is hitting .591, going 13-for-22 with two doubles, two home runs, and 10 RBI in six games against the Astros this season.
 
He has reached base safely in a season-high 20 straight games.
 
THE GOAT: Jordan Lyles
The Astros gave Lyles a five-run lead after two innings, but the right-hander gave it all back, and then some. Lyles went 4 2/3 innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and three walks, with one strikeout, one hit batter, one wild pitch, and one home run. His ERA went from 4.91 to 5.40 in the outing.
 
THE TURNING POINT
With Stephen Wright knocked out of the game, the Sox were able get enough stability on the mound to begin to allow their offense to chip away at Astros’ pitching.
 
BY THE NUMBERS: 4
Ryan Lavarnway tied a major league record with four passed balls in the first inning. It was the fourth time in major league history a catcher has allowed that many passed balls in an inning. It was the first time since Aug. 22, 1987, a catcher had allowed that many, when the Rangers Geno Petralli, catching knuckleballer Charlie Hough, did so.
 
QUOTE OF NOTE
“I hope we pass last year,” – Sox manager John Farrell, when told the Sox have matched their win total from the 2012 season.