The Red Sox got some help from a familiar face in their 10-7 victory over the Houston Astros at Fenway Park on Saturday night.
David Ortiz smacked two home runs into the Boston night, his 400th and 401st in a Red Sox uniform, and he finished the evening with a whopping six RBI, but more on Big Papi later today.
The Red Sox were resilient in their fight against the Astros last night as they overcame two separate three-run leads and ended up comfortably putting the win away in the top of the ninth.
Rubby De La Rosa struggled after I had predicted a great start from him, so I may keep my mouth shut from here on out. Alex Wilson provided some great relief-work, tossing 2.1 perfect innings in picking up his first win of the season. Wilson has been impressive out of the bullpen this year and may be shoring up a spot in next year’s ‘pen with performances like this one.
While it was Ortiz and his homers that were the biggest factor in the Red Sox win, timely hits by Daniel Nava and Yoenis Cespedes helped Boston take the lead late in the game. Ortiz also chipped in with a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth that gave the Red Sox a three-run cushion.
Taking the mound for Boston in the finale on Sunday will be Joe Kelly, who has dazzled in his first outing as a member of the club. A win tomorrow will put Boston just nine games below .500 and could have Red Sox Nation getting a bit more excited about the last six weeks of the 2014 season.