Dempster, Ross propel Red Sox past Astros 7-3

boston-redsox-logo1

BOSTON — The Red Sox scored early and often once again Friday night in their 7-3 win over the Houston Astros at Fenway Park. With the win the team has 16 for the month of April, and if it wins its next two games they will tie the club record for wins in April, 18 (1998 and 2003).

They scored runs in each of the first six innings, forcing Houston starter Erik Bedard from the game after 3+ innings. Bedard allowed five runs on eight hits, including three home runs. Seven of the eight went for extra bases as well. In total the team recorded 17 hits, the most in a game since last July.

“I thought we had an excellent approach against Bedard,” manager John Farrell said. “Considering the number of pitches he threw through three plus innings, we were able to get into their bullpen fairly early again tonight. When we got some fastballs around the plate we did a very good job of driving the baseball. Considering 17 hits, and I don’t want to say it could have been a little bit more runs total, but just an overall very good approach tonight at the plate.

David Ross led the charge with two solo home runs, one in the second and one in the third, both clearing the Green Monster. He and Will Middlebrooks combined to go back-to-back in the third. David Ortiz added his second in as many nights, homering to dead center in the fifth.

Ross had four hits, while Dustin Pedroia had three, including two doubles. Jacoby Ellsbury collected two hits, and stole his 200th career base of his career, Mike Napoli belted two doubles and Middlebrooks added a single to go along with his homer all in the win. Napoli now holds the Red Sox record for most doubles and extra-base hits in the month of April.

Starter Ryan Dempster picked up his first win of the season going six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, while walking three and striking out ten. The ten strikeouts tied a season-high, and now has 43 total strikeouts on the year, second in the majors. He’s now struck out seven or more hitters in each of his 13 starts, dating back to August of last year.

Clayton Mortensen (one run), Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and Alex Wilson combined to pitch three innings of one-run ball in relief of Dempster.

The teams will be back at it tomorrow night (7:10, NESN) when Felix Doubront takes to the hill for Houston and will be opposed by Brad Peacock.

What they’ll be saying: The 17 hits, including four home runs were a welcomed sign from the Red Sox offensive, a team which ranks in the bottom third of the American League in home runs. Quite honestly they should have put up more than seven runs on the board if they could have gotten one or two more timely hits, but no complains when you win and have 17 total … Ortiz and Napoli continue to impress in the No. 4 and 5 spots in the order. Ortiz has hit in 18 straight games overall dating back to July 2 of last year and Napoli is breaking a few Red Sox records with his extra-base hits and now is only four RBIs shy of the club record for the month of April of 31.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Hillary Clinton headed to Boston for women's leadership…

Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to visit Massachusetts Wednesday amid continuing speculation about making another bid for the presidency in 2016.

Local

Boston Marathon: Marathoners ready to run, honor victims

Scores of runners will cross the Boston Marathon starting line in Hopkinton Monday and embark on a 26.2-mile journey to Boston in honor of the victims.

Local

MIT student, Rhodes scholar, dies

Eliana Hechter, a student at MIT and Harvard, died, her family said. The announcement was posted on MIT's website.

Local

Video: Car crashes into Cambridge store, man arrested…

A Cambridge man was arrested on gun and drug charges after crashing his car into a Massachusetts Avenue storefront early Saturday morning.

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox walk off with…

Red Sox pick up first walk off win of 2014

MLB

Red Sox and Orioles meet Monday morning at…

Red Sox and Orioles meet Monday morning at 11 a.m.

NHL

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings…

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings in Game 2

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.