Big Papi had a career night hitting his 400th homerun as a Red Sox leading the team to a 10-7 win over the Houston Astros Saturday night at Fenway Park.
Chris Carter hit a solo homer and added a sacrifice fly for the Astros, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. A day earlier, Houston earned the franchise's first win in Fenway Park after going 0-8.
Leading 3-1, Gregorio Petit had a two-run double which helped add to the Astros lead.
After Ortiz's first homer cut Houston's lead to 5-3, Carter homered over the Monster in the fourth to make it 6-3 going into the fifth.
The Red Sox trailed 6-3 before scoring four in the fifth. Ortiz's second homer off starter Brad Peacock sliced it to 6-5, and Daniel Nava's single tied it. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a sacrifice fly off Josh Fields (2-6) to push Boston ahead.
Alex Wilson (1-0) earned the victory with 2 1/3 hitless innings. All of his stuff was working tonight. Koji Uehara gave up a solo homer to Jason Castro and worked the ninth in a non-save situation. Despite the homer, Koji looked pretty good and his spiltter was in typical Koji form.
Ortiz has been good all year and tonight there was no shortage. Hitting his 400th career homerun dawning a Sox uniform, as well as tying his career high six RBI total. Ortiz went 3 for 5 tonight in the team’s win and currently is hitting .252 on the season with 28 homers and 91 RBIs. Despite the low average, and we all know Papi isn’t a hit for average guy, his season has been nothing short of what we’ve been used to. Tonight’s game just is a continuation of the legend of “Big Papi”.
Fenway Not Nice Tonight
The Astros built a 5-1 lead against Rubby De La Rosa by scoring two in the first, one in the second and two in the third. De La Rosa had allowed three or fewer runs in each of his Fenway starts this season -- and one or none three times. Tonight, he gave up six runs on nine Houston hits in only four innings. De La Rosa simply didn’t have his usual Fenway magic we’ve come custom to seeing from the youngster.
Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia was back in the lineup after leaving Friday's game after fouling a ball off his right foot. OF-1B Allen Craig, on the DL with a sprained left foot, is expected to start a rehab assignment, beginning Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket. He did some running during batting practice with a member of the team's medical staff watching. C David Ross (plantar fasciitis) is expected to be activated early next week.
RHP Collin McHugh (5-9, 3.08 ERA) is scheduled for Houston on Sunday. RHP Joe Kelly (0-0, 2.08) is slated to make his Fenway debut with the Red Sox.