Dempster strikes out 10 as Red Sox beat Astros, 7-3
Boston Red Sox's David Ross celebrates his solo home in the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Boston, Friday, April 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Red Sox's Ryan Dempster pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Boston, Friday, April 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
BOSTON – David Ross cleared the Green Monster twice with solo home runs and Ryan Dempster struck out 10 for the Boston Red Sox in a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros last night.
David Ortiz homered for the second straight night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are having one of the best Aprils in club history. Boston (16-7) is two wins short of tying the club record for the month with three games remaining.
Erik Bedard (0-2) allowed five runs on eight hits over three innings for Houston. The Astros lost for the fifth time in seven games and fell to 0-5 at Fenway.
Boston finished with 17 hits and nine were for extra bases, including back-to-back homers by Will Middlebrooks and Ross to open the fourth and put the Red Sox up 5-1. Ortiz added a solo shot in the fifth and four Boston relievers combined to finish out the first win of the season for Dempster (1-2).
Dempster allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over six innings.
Jose Altuve drove in two runs for the Astros, who finished with just seven hits.
Red Sox had at least two hits in every inning except the fifth, when the Astros held Boston to just one. It happened to be Ortiz’s shot to straightaway center that put the Red Sox up 6-2. Ross, Boston’s backup catcher, ended an 0-for-12 slump by going 4-for-4 with homers in the second and fourth innings.
Boston’s Mike Napoli hit a pair of doubles, bringing his season total to 13.
∎ Boston CF Jacoby Ellsbury stole the 200th base of his career when he took second after hitting a two-out single in the sixth.
∎ Ortiz has hit safely in all six games since he came off the DL last weekend and has an 18-game hitting streak dating back to last July.
∎ Houston OF Justin Maxwell will miss approximately four to six weeks after fracturing his fifth metacarpal bone in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch on Tuesday against Seattle.
∎ The Red Sox are 12-0 when scoring first this season.
Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4
David Phelps struck out a career-high nine in four innings after relieving the injured Ivan Nova, Chris Stewart threw out two baserunners to quash potential rallies as an emergency fill-in for Francisco Cervelli and New York beat Toronto.
Lyle Overbay hit a go-ahead RBI triple and Vernon Wells had a sacrifice fly off Aaron Laffey in an inning the fill-in starter for Josh Johnson walked four, helping New York overcome two homers by Edwin Encarnacion.
Robertson yielded a long homer to Jose Bautista in the eighth but Brett Gardner restored New York’s two-run lead with a homer in the bottom half of the inning. Mariano Rivera loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth but struck out Colby Rasmus to end it for his eighth save in eight chances.
RANGERS 4, TWINS 3
Adrian Beltre homered and rookie Justin Grimm won his second consecutive start and the Rangers beat the Twins.
Lance Berkman, Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler each had RBI doubles for the Rangers, who won for the seventh time in their past eight games.
WHITE SOX 5, RAYS 4
Jake Peavy pitched well into the seventh and the White Sox supported him with three homers to rally from a three-run deficit.
Hector Gimenez, Tyler Greene and Conor Gillaspie all homered for the White Sox.
TIGERS 10, BRAVES 0
Anibal Sanchez struck out 17 in eight marvelous innings for Detroit.
Sanchez set a team record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game, and he had a mathematical chance of tying the major league mark of 20 when he was pulled after eight innings and 121 pitches.