Boston at Houston

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Boston (42-51) «0021050008121
Houston (39-55)000101010371

Red Sox 8, Astros 3

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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 RBIs 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."

John Lackey (10-6) rebounded from a tough stretch to allow four hits and two runs with a season-high five walks in six innings. He had allowed five or more runs in each of his previous three starts.

Scott Feldman (4-6) allowed seven runs and tied a season-high with 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

"It just looks like there is not a lot of finish," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "When he was really good early on in the year, there was finish to the fastball, there was late life, there was sharpness to the breaking ball."

Houston's Chris Carter homered twice for his fourth multihomer game of the season and his second this week. He extended his hitting streak to a career-high seven games.

Daniel Nava and Bradley got things going for the Red Sox in the sixth with consecutive singles. Feldman intentionally walked Stephen Drew to load the bases with one out. Vazquez's double made it 5-1 and chased Feldman.

He was replaced by Darin Downs, who walked Holt to load the bases again. Ortiz's bases-clearing double to right-center came next.

Holt's RBI triple, which bounced off the bullpen in right-center and away from L.J. Hoes, gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the third.

Dustin Pedroia followed with a double to the corner of left field to make it 2-0.

Drew tripled with two outs in the fourth inning before scoring on a ground-rule double by Vazquez to push the lead to 3-0.

Lackey walked two batters through the first three innings and two more in the fourth before Houston got its first hit on an RBI single by Enrique Hernandez that cut the lead to 3-1 with two outs.

Carter's 18th home run landed in the first row in the Crawford Boxes in left field to cut the lead to 8-2 in the sixth. He's the first Astro to have at least 18 homers in the first half of the season in consecutive years since Lance Berkman in 2008-09.

Soon after Carter returned to the dugout following his homer, and as the Astros were still celebrating, a foul ball hit by Robbie Grossman sailed into the dugout and came within inches of hitting Carter in the face. He dropped to the ground after it flew by as his teammates shook their heads at the close call.

"I just heard `heads up' (and) it came right at my head," he said. "I moved, and it hit the wall."

He homered again on his next at-bat, launching a 91 mph fastball to left field, where it clanged off the foul pole to make it 8-3 in the eighth and give him six homers in his last seven games.

Notes

Astros OF George Springer was scratched about an hour before the game with discomfort in his right knee. He is listed as day to day. ... Houston LHP Brett Oberholtzer will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start on Saturday against Jake Peavy. He will start in place of Collin McHugh, who is dealing with a finger blister.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

C. Carter
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Boston

C. Vazquez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brock Holt, RF4221101 .309
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4011114 .278
David Ortiz, DH5013002 .258
Mike Carp, 1B3000202 .211
Daniel Nava, LF5120003 .232
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4120012 .223
Xander Bogaerts, 3B4000014 .234
Stephen Drew, SS3210110 .135
Christian Vazquez, C4233010 .429
John Lackey, P0000000 .000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Totals36812855  
Batting
2B - Brock Holt (18, Feldman), Dustin Pedroia (26, Feldman), David Ortiz (18, Downs), Christian Vazquez 2 (2, Feldman)
3B - Brock Holt (4, Feldman), Stephen Drew (1, Feldman)
RBI - Brock Holt (20), Dustin Pedroia (35), David Ortiz 3 (61), Christian Vazquez 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz 3 (29), Christian Vazquez (1)
CS - Brock Holt (2, 3rd base by Feldman/Castro)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Christian Vazquez (1, Dropped fly)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lackey (W,10-6) 6422531 3.79
Burke Badenhop 1000010 2.93
Craig Breslow 1111111 5.18
Edward Mujica 1200010 5.45
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 117-67, Burke Badenhop 13-8, Craig Breslow 24-13, Edward Mujica 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 7-8, Burke Badenhop 2-0, Craig Breslow 1-1
Batters Faced - John Lackey 27, Burke Badenhop 3, Craig Breslow 5, Edward Mujica 5
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B5010010 .337
Jason Castro, C5010012 .227
Matt Dominguez, 3B4010101 .236
Jon Singleton, 1B4100113 .194
Chris Carter, DH4222011 .203
Robbie Grossman, CF2000210 .176
Enrique Hernandez, LF3011101 .344
Marwin Gonzalez, SS4010013 .273
L.J. Hoes, RF3000102 .181
Scott Feldman, P0000000 .000
   Darin Downs, P0000000 .000
   David Martinez, P0000000 .000
Totals3437366  
Batting
2B - Jason Castro (15, Lackey)
HR - Chris Carter 2 (19, Lackey)
RBI - Chris Carter 2 (39), Enrique Hernandez (5)
2-OUT RBI - Enrique Hernandez (3)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Dominguez-Altuve-Singleton, Dominguez-Altuve-Singleton-Dominguez-Altuve-Singleton
E - L.J. Hoes (2, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman (L,4-6) 5.11177330 4.33
Darin Downs 0.2111100 4.76
David Martinez 3000120 1.50
IBB - Drew by Scott Feldman
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 116-73, Darin Downs 15-8, David Martinez 36-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 5-5, David Martinez 3-4
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 27, Darin Downs 4, David Martinez 10
Game Information
Attendance - 27264
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Rob Drake