Prior to a trade deadline that sent a couple big bats on their way to Boston, the Red Sox probably would not have had the offensive prowess to come back from a 4-0 deficit.
But last night Boston did not have a whole lot of trouble wiping away the early discrepancy. The Red Sox scored nine unanswered runs in front of a Fenway Park crowd to run their winning streak to four games.
Allen Webster started the game and got the win for Boston. After an unearned run in the second that got Houston on the board, Webster struggled through the third and fourth innings. He gave up another in the third on a Robbie Grossman RBI single and then served up a long home run over the Green Monster in left center to Matt Dominguez.
Dominguez’s 14th of the season made the game 4-0 and silenced the home crowd. But Webster would calm down and stay around long enough to give his team a chance to win the game. The young starter, who was one of the bigger pieces in the mega trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to Los Angeles nearly exactly two years ago, finished the outing with six complete innings.
He gave up just five hits and three earned runs, but did not impress with his strikeout to walk ratio. Webster walked three and struck out just two.
But he did his job and the offense rewarded him with a win. Boston scratched one across in the fourth to make it 4-1 and then busted out for seven runs in the bottom of Webster’s final inning. Three RBI singles leveled the game and then Houston’s bullpen didn’t help put out the fire.
Jackie Bradley Jr. walked with the bases loaded and Dustin Pedroia added the final blow with an RBI double that kicked up chalk down the right field line. The ball bounced into the stands to score two.
Alex Wilson, Junichi Tazawa and Craig Breslow all completed a single inning of relief. The trio allowed just four base runners, combined. Tazawa and Breslow each fanned two batters in their innings.
Brock Holt added a just-in-case RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to pad the lead for the Red Sox. Jackie Bradley Jr. came home to give the Sox a 9-4 lead, which remained the final score. Every Boston starter recorded a hit with the exception of Yoenis Cespedes, who went 0-for-5. Dustin Pedroia’s three led the team, however. Boston’s second baseman, and leader, scored twice and drove in a pair.
The two teams will continue the series on Friday night when left-hander Dallas Keuchel faces Clay Buchholz.