HOUSTON — Adrian Gonzalez hit a go-ahead two-run double after Dustin Pedroia drove in a pair of runs during Boston’s six-run seventh inning, helping the Red Sox rally for a 7-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
Marco Scutaro started the game with his third homer of the season, but Boston didn’t get another hit until J.D. Drew began the seventh inning with a single.
Josh Reddick and Drew Sutton each drove in a run before Pedroia’s bases-loaded single with one out tied it at 5 and set up Gonzalez’s clutch swing.
Houston starter Bud Norris struck out 10 in six-plus innings, but was charged with four runs and four hits in the opener of the third-ever series between these teams and first since 2008.
Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield yielded a season-high 11 hits with five runs in 5 1-3 innings in his first appearance against the Astros since July 1993 for the Pirates at the Astrodome.
Jonathan Papelbon worked around Hunter Pence’s two-out single to earn his 16th save.
Pence finished with two hits and two RBIs for the last-place Astros, who have dropped 12 of 16.
Reddick’s RBI double in the seventh drove in Drew and chased Norris. Sutton delivered a run-scoring single before Sergio Escalona (1-1) plunked pinch-hitter Darnell McDonald to load the bases and set up Pedroia’s hit.
Norris walked one in the second, third, fifth and sixth, but largely stayed out of trouble until the seventh. All the strikeouts helped, including the side in the fourth inning.
Norris also singled in Clint Barmes to give Houston a 5-1 lead in the sixth. Norris’ hit chased Wakefield, who was replaced by Dan Wheeler (1-1).
Carlos Lee had an RBI double for the Astros, and Angel Sanchez drove in a run with a bunt hit. Pence had a sacrifice fly in the first and a run-scoring ground-rule double in the second when a fan reached onto the field to try and grab the grounder and was escorted out of the stadium after the play.
David Ortiz, who is normally the designated hitter for Boston, struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
NOTES: Scutaro was batting leadoff with Jacoby Ellsbury out with an illness. … Houston 2B Jeff Keppinger was out for the second straight day after experiencing nausea before Thursday’s game…. Boston’s Kevin Youkilis returned after sitting out Thursday’s game in Philadelphia with a bone bruise in his left foot. … Red Sox manager Terry Francona says LF Carl Crawford is unlikely to return to the lineup when he’s due to come off the disabled list on Sunday. Crawford strained a hamstring in a June 17 game against Milwaukee. “He needs some more time,” Francona said. Crawford, a Houston native, was disappointed that he probably won’t get to play in his hometown this weekend. “We’re trying to move as quickly as we can,” Crawford said of his recovery. … Francona says he may play Ortiz at first base on Saturday to face LHP J.A. Happ. Ortiz is hitting .341 against lefthanders this season, and .290 against righthanders.
Braves 4, Orioles 0
ATLANTA — Jair Jurrjens threw a one-hitter for his first career shutout, Jason Heyward ended a long home-run drought and the streaking Atlanta Braves beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 on Friday night.
Jurrjens (11-3) became the first NL pitcher with 11 wins and lowered the NL’s best ERA to 1.89.
Adam Jones ended Jurrjens’ no-hit bid with his single up the middle with one out in the seventh. Jones stole second but was stranded there as Jurrjens struck out Matt Wieters and Derrek Lee.
Jurrjens recorded 15 straight outs before Mark Reynolds walked to lead off the sixth.
Jeremy Guthrie (3-10) threw five scoreless innings, allowing only a walk and a hit, before giving up Heyward’s first homer since April 29, a two-run shot in the sixth.
Yankees 5, Mets 1
NEW YORK — Mark Teixeira hit a two-run double, Edurado Nunez had an RBI single among his career-high four hits and the New York Yankees took advantage of a generous call to help keep Jose Reyes off the basepaths in beating the crosstown rival Mets 5-1 on Friday night.
Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano had RBI doubles. Ivan Nova (8-4) and six relievers stifled a Mets’ offense that scored 54 runs in their last five games, helping the Yankees win their season-high sixth straight game.
Jonathon Niese (7-7) was pitching for the first time since leaving his start June 25 with a rapid heartbeat. After giving up three runs in the first, he shut down the Yankees through six innings of one of the most anticipated Subway Series matchups in the past several years.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi emphasized that to stop the Mets it was essential to keep speedy leadoff batter Reyes in check. Reyes, who A-Rod called pregame “the world’s greatest player,” did have his 42nd multihit game of the season but was tagged out in the seventh trying to advance to third on a flyout to center with one out.
Reyes electrified the largest crowd in Citi Field history, 42,020, when he tagged up from first on a fly to deep center. He took off for third when the relay bounced away from Nunez, but Nunez threw a one-hopper to third base and Rodriguez made a sweep tag that on replay appeared to miss Reyes, who was sliding headfirst. Home plate umpire Jerry Layne was behind Rodriguez when he called R eyes out.
Reyes leaped up to contest the call and third base coach Chip Hale quickly moved in between the NL’s leading hitter and Layne. Manager Terry Collins hurried out of the dugout, and after several moments of objecting with his arms held wide, he was ejected by Layne.
Girardi called on Mariano Rivera to face Reyes in the ninth with a runner on first and the Yankees leading 5-1. Reyes grounded out to third. Rivera did give up a hit before finishing it.
Nova won his fourth straight decision, giving up seven hits and a run over five innings. With Bartolo Colon scheduled to return Saturday and Phil Hughes only days away from being ready to rejoin the team, Nova could find himself the odd-man out unless the Yankees use a six-man rotation.
The Yankees broke out early against Niese. Nick Swisher singled leading off and Curtis Granderson followed with a hit. Batting right-handed, the switch-hitting Teixeira then lined a double down the right field line for two runs. Cano also had a one-out double to the opposite field to make it 3-0 and bring on the “Let’s go Yankees!” chants.
Rockies 9, Royals 0
DENVER — Juan Nicasio allowed three singles over eight innings and Mark Ellis had three hits, including a two-run homer, in his Colorado debut as the Rockies beat the slumping Kansas City Royals 9-0 on Friday night.
Troy Tulowitzki connected on a two-run homer, Todd Helton added a two-run double and pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon lined the first homer of his major league career — on his 25th birthday, no less — to help the Rockies snap a two-game slide.
Nicasio (3-1) struck out four and got the Royals to hit into 16 groundouts. With his pitch count at 111, the rookie righty was pulled in the ninth for reliever Edgmer Escalona, who was just called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday.
The Royals lost their fourth straight.
Cardinals 5, Rays 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Colby Rasmus hit a three-run homer during a wild eighth inning that featured four ejections, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Friday night.
Jake Westbrook gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings for St. Louis, which has won four straight.
Rasmus, who also had a run-scoring groundout during the second inning, connected against J.P. Howell for his fourth homer in the last seven games and No. 9 on the season. The drive to right led to three ejections.
Howell was thrown out by plate umpire Vic Carapazza after the left-hander threw his glove to the ground after the homer and also spiked the new ball tossed to him by the umpire. Howell then walked toward the plate area and had to be restrained.
Crew chief and second base umpire Dana DeMuth ejected Rays pitcher David Price and reserve infielder Elliot Johnson for comments made from the dugout.
Earlier in the eighth, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was ejected by Carapazza for arguing from the dugout after Lance Berkman drew a two-out walk on 3-2 pitch.
Westbrook (7-4) struck out seven and walked three in his first victory since June 7 at Houston. The right-hander was 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA in his previous three starts.
Tampa Bay scored three times in the eighth. Evan Longoria had a run-scoring double and Matt Joyce added a two-run homer against Lance Lynn. Longoria has driven in 14 runs over his last seven games.
Fernando Salas pitched the ninth for his 14th save.
The Cardinals grabbed a 2-0 lead against Wade Davis (7-6) in the second inning. Yadier Molina hit an RBI single to snap an 0-for-13 slide.
Davis allowed six hits in seven innings. He had won his previous three starts.
Westbrook worked out of two-on, two-out jams in the second and third, then struck out Sam Fuld with a runner on third to end the fourth.
The Cardinals are playing just their second-ever road series against Tampa Bay. St. Louis swept the previous three-game set at Tropicana Field in June 2005.
NOTES: Maddon spent most of Thursday’s off day on his couch. “From 11:30 (a.m.) to 1 o’clock in the morning … that is not an exaggeration,” Maddon said. “I felt like I’d been in a fight, so I just decided to lay down. I watched every game that was on, and then I finished up with some Dave Chappelle movies. Hysterical.” … Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, a native of nearby Tampa, expects to have more than 50 family members and friends in attendance at each game in the three-game series. … St. Louis LF Matt Holliday doubled in five at-bats as the DH. He has some aches and pain stemming from cold-like symptoms.