Ortiz launches Sox past Astros with 6 RBI

Ortiz launches Sox past Astros with 6 RBI
August 16, 2014, 11:00 pm
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BOSTON – Rubby De La Rosa wasn’t on his game Saturday night. Luckily for him, David Ortiz was.

Ortiz belted a couple two-run home runs - his 400th and 401st in a Red Sox uniform – and a two-run double, as the Red Sox came back to beat the Houston Astros, 10-7.

Ortiz and the Red Sox offense bailed out De La Rosa, who just didn't have his stuff from the get-go.

De La Rosa lasted just 4.0 innings, allowing all six runs on nine hits and four walks with two strikeouts.

Previously, De La Rosa had been strong at Fenway, posting a 3-1 record with a 1.97 ERA. But it was apparent early on that those numbers weren't going to hold up.

He allowed two runs in the 1st inning, a run in the 2nd, two more in the 3rd, and one in the 4th.

A reason for those runs was command issues, as he walked batters in each of the first three innings.

In the 2nd, De La Rosa loaded the bases but escaped with minimal damage. But Chris Carter’s solo shot over the Monster in the 4th inning was the final straw, as he did not return for the 5th after throwing 89 pitches.

The Sox would hang around though. Daniel Nava doubled in Mike Napoli for the Sox first run of the game in the 2nd inning.

The next inning, Ortiz got to work.

He crushed a two-run shot to center field in the 3rd inning to make it 5-3.

Now trailing 6-3 in the 5th, Ortiz did it again in his next at-bat. He wrapped one just long enough and fair enough around Pesky's pole to make it 6-5 Astros. But the Sox weren't done that inning.

Nava, who went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI on the day, singled in Yoenis Cespedes to tie the game. With the bases loaded after a Xander Bogaerts walk, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Napoli from third and the Sox took a lead they would never relinquish.

Ortiz had one more parting gift for the Astros though. With the bases loaded in the 8th inning, he ripped a two-run double to right field that rolled to the wall and made it 9-6.

The 6 RBI matches a career-high for Ortiz for the 5th time.

Alex Wilson came on for 2.1 innings of scoreless, hitless relief in the 5th inning.
 
After Tommy Layne failed to retire either of the two lefties he was brought on to face, Burke Badenhop stepped in to get the final two outs of the inning. He stayed on for a scoreless 8th inning before Koji Uehara came on for the 9th.

Uehara allowed a solo home run to Jason Castro before giving up a single to Jon Singleton and hitting Jake Marisnick.

With the tying run at the plate, Marwin Gonzalez grounded out to first.