June 22, 2018
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7-run inning carries Red Sox over Astros

Greg M. Cooper | USA Today Sports
Greg M. Cooper | USA Today Sports
Boston's Will Middlebrooks (left) welcomes shortstop Brock Holt (26) to home plate after scoring during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park in Boston Thursday night.
By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange

BOSTON — It is probably much too late to mean anything, but the Boston Red Sox have gotten hot.

The last-place defending World Series champions erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning and roared from behind to their fourth straight win, a come-from-behind 9-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

“We came to life,” manager John Farrell said after his team wiped out a 4-0 deficit to win for the fifth time in six games.

Farrell was talking about the game. He could have been talking about the recent stretch in general.

“We were able to combine some base on balls with some base hits,” Farrell said. “It seemed like we got a couple of pitches up in the zone from (Scott) Feldman. The first time or two in the order he kept us in check and kept us off balance.”

The win came in the opener of an 11-game (in 11 days) homestand that follows a 5-3 road trip.

Before the game, the Red Sox inducted pitchers Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens, shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and broadcaster Joe Castiglione into the team’s Hall of Fame.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia stroked two of his three hits and capped the big inning with a two-run double as the Red Sox Feldman’s once-promising night into a nightmare.

Included in the rally were an RBI single by third baseman Will Middlebrooks, snapping an 0-for-12 and 3-for-29 skid, and a bases-loaded walk by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who stood at the plate in a 1-for-40 funk. He drew his first walk since July 24.

For Pedroia, the three-hit game was his first since July 6.

“I think over the last couple of weeks, he’s getting multiples of hits a game and is in the middle of our run scoring,” Farrell said.

Pedroia is hitting .379 over his last 14 games, with multiple hits in nine of those games.

Right-hander Allen Webster spotted the Astros a 4-0 lead — two of the runs coming on the 14th home run of the season by third baseman Matt Dominguez — but finished six innings and raised his record to 3-1. Three relievers finished up.

“I grinded through it and then they took over with the seven runs,” Webster said. “I can’t complain at all.”

Feldman, who has allowed 14 runs in 11 2/3 innings in two losses to Boston this season, fell to 6-9. He was guilty of not covering first base for what could have been the back end of a double play in the fateful sixth inning.

“That was pretty bad,” he said. “It’s probably at least a close play (if he was there) and something that’s pretty embarrassing.”

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