Sox Win Big

-Nick Pooler

The Red Sox went into Sunday afternoon’s contest with their backs up against the wall and nothing to lose. Although they picked up the victory, it did not necessarily start out the way they wanted. Doug Fister took the hill and gave up three runs in the very first inning. Two of these runs yet again came from a player in the top four of the Astros lineup as Carlos Correa took him deep for his second home run of the series. The other run came on a Josh Reddick single that scored George Springer. With the Red Sox in a deficit early, it was Sandy Leon that got the bats going on a line drive single to left field that plated Mitch Moreland. They followed this up the very next inning when Hanley Ramirez (4-4, double, 3 singles) singled to left scoring Moreland again. The very next batter, 20 year-old rookie Rafeal Devers, took Francisco Liriano deep on an 0-1 count to give the Red Sox their first lead of the series at 4-3. The offense did not just stop there. The bats came back alive in the 7th inning when Ramirez hit a two run double that scored Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts. Devers kept it going with an RBI single that scored Moreland for his third run scored of the game. Finishing off the offensive attack was Jackie Bradley Jr. who teed off for a three-run home run to right field that landed in Astros right fielder Josh Reddick’s glove before kicking out and landing in the first row of the right field seats. This home run gave the Red Sox a 10-3 lead and a statement that they needed. After a not so very good start from Fister, David Price made up for it with his four innings of bullpen work giving up just four hits and one walk while striking out four. The Red Sox play host to the Astros tomorrow at 1:00 PM ET. Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62 ERA) and Rick Porcello (11-17, 4.65 ERA) take the hill for their respective ball clubs as the Astros look to advance and the Red Sox look to force a game five Wednesday back in Houston.