By Sean McAdam
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HOUSTON -- For six innings, the Red Sox, with their bats silent, seemed headed for another embarrassing loss to an inferior National League team.
Then came the comeback.
The Red Sox rallied for six runs in the seventh inning and stole a 7-5 win from the Houston Astros.
Dustin Pedroia hit a cue shot to right with the bases loaded to tie the game and Adrian Gonzalez followed with a two-run double to left-center, giving the Red Sox their first
lead since the top of the first when Marco Scutaro led off the game with a home run.
Astros starter Bud Norris shut the Sox down after Scutaro's homer and didn't allow a second hit until J.D. Drew's leadoff single in the fateful seventh.
After Tim Wakefield was roughed up for five runs on 11 hits in 5 13 innings, five Red Sox relievers combined to shut out Houston for the final 3 23 innings.
The victory was the second in a row for the Sox, marking their first time they'd won consecutive games since June 19-20.
STAR OF THE GAME: Adrian Gonzalez
There's a reason Gonzalez leads the majors in RBI this season.
After looking overmatched in his first three at-bats (two strikeouts and a double play), Gonzalez used his patented inside-out swing to drill a two-run double to left field as part of the Red Sox' six-run seventh inning.
HONORABLE MENTION: Dustin Pedroia
Pedroia was on base three times, but his best at-bat came in the seventh, right before Gonzalez put the Sox up by two.
With the bases loaded, Pedroia hit a cue shot in between first baseman Brett Wallace and the first-base bag, scoring two runs and giving the Red Sox a fresh start with their 5-5 tie.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Sergio Escalona
After Houston starter Bud Norris tired, Brad Mills went to his bullpen -- with disastrous results.
Escalona was the first (and worst) culprit. First he gave up a rocket that ate up shortstop Clint Barmes. Then, he managed to hit Darnell McDonald (hitting all of .115 at the time), loading the bases and leading to Pedroia's and Gonzalez's heroics.
TURNING POINT: When Escalona hit the light-hitting McDonald,
It loaded the bases, extended the inning, forced Brad Mills to make another pitching change and gave the Sox the opportunity to complete their comeback.
BY THE NUMBERS: 74
The Red Sox have scored 74 runs in the seventh inning this season; no other team in Major League Baseball has more than 47.
QUOTE OF NOTE:
"We bailed ourselves out of that miserable start and we certainly have a long way to go. But we're playing better.'' -- Terry Francona assessing the Red Sox season at the halfway point.