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Red Sox extra bases: Offense comes alive as Sox pummel Astros, 9-4

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Behind another encouraging pitching outing by Allen Webster, the Boston Red Sox came from behind to beat the Houston Astros 9-4 with a seven-run sixth inning. Thursday’s victory increased the Red Sox current winning streak to four games and was a great way to start an 11-game homestand for a team that seems of finally be showing signs of life.

It didn’t start off good for the home team. Webster struggled early, giving up four early runs as the Red Sox fell behind 4-1. The four runs seemed to be enough for Astros starter Scott Feldman. The offense only managed four hits against Feldman before finally breaking through in the bottom of the sixth inning with an offensive explosion.

Boston scored a season-high seven runs on six hits to go ahead 8-4. The team sent 12 men to the plate and saw contributions from two bats that have been struggling. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Will Middlebrooks each delivered an RBI in the rally. It was the type of offense the Red Sox have been missing most of the year. Manager John Farrell saw the production at the bottom of the lineup as a sign of encouragement.

“We came to life,” Farrell said after the game. “Anytime we get some production out of that bottom third, we feel like we’ve got the ability to score five to seven runs, and that was the cast tonight.” It was also encouraging that eight of the nine Re Sox starters had a hit in the game. Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead the way.

Farrell was also encouraged by the pitching performance of Webster (3-1). After falling behind 4-1, the young starter was able to grind out six innings. It was his second consecutive quality start and a nice follow-up to the performances of Rubby De La Rosa and Anthony Ranaudo.

The Red Sox manager complimented Webster’s effort and ability to settle down after a tough start. He said after the game, “I think we’re seeing some gains here. When you compare it to two starts ago where things might have gotten away from him a little bit – he did bend today but he didn’t break. That was an encouraging sign. The Sox are now 55-65 on the season.