Rookie Vazquez and Big Papi drive in 3 each to lead Red Sox over Astros 8-3

  • Article by: KRISTIE RIEKEN , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 11, 2014 - 11:35 PM

HOUSTON — Rookie Christian Vazquez got his first three major league hits and drove in three runs, while David Ortiz had three RBIs to break open the game in the sixth inning and lead the Boston Red Sox to an 8-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

Vazquez, who was playing in his second big league game, singled in the third inning, had an RBI double in the fourth and drove home two more with a double in Boston's five-run sixth.

Ortiz drove in three runs with a double in the sixth to make it 8-1.

John Lackey (10-6) rebounded from a tough stretch to allow four hits and two runs with a season-high five walks in six innings. He had allowed five or more runs in each of his previous three starts.

Scott Feldman (4-6) allowed seven runs and tied a season-high with 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Houston's Chris Carter homered twice for his fourth multihomer game of the season and his second this week. He extended his hitting streak to a career-high seven games.

Rookie Brock Holt doubled and tripled with an RBI for Boston.

Daniel Nava and Jackie Bradley Jr. got things going for the Red Sox in the sixth with consecutive singles. Feldman intentionally walked Stephen Drew to load the bases with one out. Vazquez's double made it 5-1 and chased Feldman.

He was replaced by Darin Downs, who walked Holt to load the bases again. Ortiz's bases-clearing double to right-center came next.

Holt's RBI triple, which bounced off the bullpen in right-center and away from L.J. Hoes, gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the third.

Dustin Pedroia followed with a double to the corner of left field to make it 2-0.

Drew tripled with two outs in the fourth inning before scoring on a ground-rule double by Vazquez to push the lead to 3-0.

Lackey walked two batters through the first three innings and two more in the fourth before Houston got its first hit on an RBI single by Enrique Hernandez that cut the lead to 3-1 with two outs.

Carter's 18th home run landed in the first row in the Crawford Boxes in left field to cut the lead to 8-2 in the sixth. He's the first Astro to have at least 18 homers in the first half of the season in consecutive years since Lance Berkman in 2008-09.

Soon after Carter returned to the dugout following his homer, and as the Astros were still celebrating, a foul ball hit by Robbie Grossman sailed into the dugout and came within inches of hitting Carter in the face. He dropped to the ground after it flew by as his teammates shook their heads at the close call.

He homered again on his next at-bat, launching a 91 mph fastball to left field, where it clanged off the foul pole to make it 8-3 in the eighth and give him six homers in his last seven games.

NOTES: Astros OF George Springer was scratched about an hour before the game with discomfort in his right knee. He is listed as day to day. ... Houston LHP Brett Oberholtzer will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start on Saturday against Jake Peavy. He will start in place of Collin McHugh, who is dealing with a finger blister.

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