Red Sox' hot bats blast AstrosBy MIKE SHALIN
The Sports Xchange
August 14. 2014 11:10PM
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.