The Red Sox took a dramatic 12-8 win over the Astros to avoid the sweep. Here’s a recap of Thursday night’s action:
- Rodriguez has forgettable outing: Eduardo Rodriguez had an ugly showing Thursday night, as he wasn’t even able to get out of the fifth inning allowing six runs off off six hits, walking three, and striking out five. Four of the runs came in the fifth, as Rodriguez left with the score 4-3 Red Sox, as Matt Andriese would surrender all three runners that Rodriguez was responsible. His season ERA moves to 6.02.
- Martinez homers in third: With the Red Sox down 3-2 in the bottom of the third inning, JD Martinez lifted one over the centerfield wall to tie it up at three apiece. Christian Vazquez followed that up just a few at-bats later with an RBI single to take the lead.
- Christian Arroyo blasts three-run shot: After Eduardo Rodriguez and Matt Andriese combined for four runs given up in the top of the fifth inning, with the score sitting at 7-4 and two men on, Christian Arroyo scorched one over the monster in left-center field 437 feet to tie up the ballgame.
- Five run inning propels Red Sox to victory: After Jose Altuve answered back with a solo homer to give the Astros the 8-7 lead, the Red Sox answered back with a five-run inning. JD Martinez hit what was scored as a sac fly with Kike Hernandez dropped, but it was a popup that Houston right fielder Kyle Tucker blatantly missed. Two walks loaded the bases to bring up Christian Vazquez, who was hit by the first pitch. Christian Arroyo added to his night with an RBI-walk making it four RBIs on the night. To follow that up, Bobby Dalbec doubled off the monster to bring two more home and to make it 12-8.
- ‘Pen holds up for final third of ballgame: Adam Ottavino, Josh Taylor, and Matt Barnes each tossed scoreless frames to capture the dramatic win.
- What’s next? The Red Sox take on the Blue Jays at home for a weekend set. Friday night’s action begins at 7:10 PM EST, with Garrett Richards on the hill for the BoSox.
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