Astros Outlast Sox In Extras [VIDEO]
A wild night at Fenway came to a close with Houston scoring four times in the top of the 10th inning to down the Sox, 12-8 just before midnight on July 3rd. The contest had five lead changes and three ties as the two sides combined for 28 hits and 20 runs.
Trailing 2-0 at the time, the Astros rallied for five runs in the fourth off Justin Masterson, who failed to make it through the frame. Masterson exited after 3.2 innings and was charged with five runs on eight hits in the no-decision.
Hanley Ramirez got the Sox on the board with a 445-foot homerun in the second inning and David Ortiz keyed a pair of rallies with both his head and his bat. Papi went 2-for-3 with 2-RBI at the plate and broke up a double play in the fifth when Jose Altuve's throw deflected off Ortiz's helmet and ricocheted into the crowd, allowing the tying run to score.
After Ortiz tied the game with a wall-ball double in the eighth, the game went to extra innings where Noe Ramirez, making his major league debut for the Sox, took the loss. Ramirez hit the first career batter he faced and was tagged with four hits and two earned runs in the inning.
It was another night of mental mistakes for the Red Sox as Hanley Ramirez didn't know he had walked until the umpire finally told him to take his base.
Prior to the game the Red Sox placed rookie catcher Blake Swihart on the 15 day disabled list and brought pitcher Noe Ramirez to the big leagues. They also activated Shane Victorino from the disabled list and optioned Jackie Bradley Jr. back to Pawtucket
Boston will look to rebound vs. Houston when Clay Buchholz takes the mound for day baseball with the pregame starting at 12:50 and first pitch at 1:35 PM The Red Sox are 37-45 and 7 games out of 1st place