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August 14. 2014 11:10PM

Red Sox' hot bats blast Astros


Boston's Will Middlebrooks (16) welcomes Brock Holt (26) to home plate after scoring during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON — It probably doesn’t mean that much, 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.

The Astros have never won a game at Fenway Park, falling to 0-8 all time.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia stroked two of his three hits and capped the big inning with a two-run double as the Red Sox, also winners of five of their last six, turned right-hander Scott 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.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.

Feldman, who has allowed 14 runs in 11 2/3 innings in two losses to Boston this season, fell to 6-9.

Red Sox right fielder Daniel Nava had two doubles and a walk and also threw a runner out at the plate in the seventh inning. Five players had multi-hit games in the 14-hit assault.

Two walks and an error by first baseman Mike Napoli got the still-hitless Astros on the board in the second inning against Webster.

Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez opened the third inning with a double and scored on a single by left fielder Robbie Grossman. Then, in the fourth, first baseman Jon Singleton, who reached on the error that scored the first run, drew a 3-2 walk before Dominguez crushed the first pitch to left center to make it 4-0.

Pedroia and designated hitter David Ortiz opened the home fourth with singles, Pedroia going to third on the Ortiz hit. Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes then ripped a grounder to short that became an easy 6-4-3 double play as Pedroia scored.


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