Sox stifle 'Stros, 8-4

Sox stifle 'Stros, 8-4
April 27, 2013, 10:15 pm
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BOSTON – After spotting the Astros two runs in the first inning, left-hander Felix Doubront settled down, and David Ortiz again led the offense, as the Red Sox beat the Astros, 8-4, at Fenway Park Saturday night.
 
Doubront faced eight batters in the first inning. The first four reached base on a single, a hit batter, and two walks. After a sacrifice fly, the Astros led 2-0, their first lead in the series.
 
Doubront went 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks with eight strikeouts, a wild pitch, and a hit batter. He improved to 3-0, with 4.24 ERA.
 
Brad Peacock took the loss for the Astros, falling to 1-3 with an ERA of 8.44. He went 3 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits and five walks, with three strikeouts.
 
Ortiz continued to stay hot at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBI and a walk. He extended his hitting streak to 19 games, going back to July 2, 2012. It matches the longest hitting streak of his career, along with a 19-game stretch in 2002 while with the Twins.
 
But the Sox got four runs in the second inning, when they sent 10 batters to the plate. After Mike Carp grounded out, the next four Sox batters reached base – Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked, Will Middlebrooks doubled, Stephen Drew walked, and Jacoby Ellsbury singled, scoring two runs. After Daniel Nava grounded out, Dustin Pedroia walked, Ortiz doubled, scoring two runs, and Mike Napoli walked, with Carp striking out to end the inning.
 
The Sox got a run in fourth when Nava led off with a double, taking third on Pedroia’s groundout, ending Peacock’s outing. Ortiz’s sacrifice fly off Travis Blackley scored Nava.
 
The Astros cut their deficit in the seventh when Marwin Gonzalez led off with a single, taking second on a passed ball, stealing third, and scoring on Jose Altuve’s groundout. After giving up an infield single to the next batter, Brandon Barnes, Doubront was done, matching his season high with 6 2/3 innings.
 
Doubront gave up three runs on four hits and four walks with eight strikeouts, throwing 103 pitches, 62 for strikes.
 
Junichi Tazawa relieved Doubront. After a balk and a walk, he struck out Chris Carter to end the inning.
 
With Hector Ambriz on the mound for the Astros in the seventh, the Sox added three runs, sending eight batters to the plate.  Drew’s single scored Saltalamacchia, who reached on a one-out double. Nava’s two-out double scored Middlebrooks, who walked. And Pedroia’s single scored Drew.
 
Daniel Bard entered for the eighth inning, but was not able to record an out. After walking the first two batters on nine pitches, Bard was replaced by Alex Wilson, who gave up a first-pitch single to Dominguez, scoring Carlos Pena. With two outs, a fielding error by Drew on Altuve’s grounder loaded the bases, bringing up pinch-hitter Rick Ankiel, as the potential tying run. But Wilson struck out Ankiel, swinging at a 93-mph fastball to end the threat.
 
Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.