HOUSTON - The most recent addition to the Red Sox lineup made a big contribution.
Rookie Christian Vazquez got his first three major league hits and drove in three runs, while David Ortiz had three RBI to break open the game in the sixth inning and lead Boston over the Houston Astros 8-3.
Vazquez, who was playing in his second big league game, singled in the third inning, had an RBI double in the fourth and drove home two more with a double in a five-run sixth. Fellow rookie Brock Holt doubled and tripled with an RBI and another rookie, Jackie Bradley Jr., added two hits for Boston.
"We're playing with a lot of energy," manager John Farrell said. "Guys that have come up recently have injected some of that into us, but more than anything we're getting the timely hit."
Vazquez was thrilled about his big night and shared the first thing he thought of after collecting his first hit.
"My mom," he said. "I was laughing and very happy about that."
Ortiz drove in three runs with a double in the sixth to make it 8-1.
"The thing that stood out was the number of extra-base hits that (have) been somewhat elusive," Farrell said. "David with a big bases-loaded RBI double, Christian Vazquez with a very solid night all the way around ... just a good offensive showing."