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The Red Sox scooped up a win against the Houston Astros Friday by a score of 7-3. Ryan Dempster, free agent acquisition in the offseason, notched his first win in a Red Sox uniform, going 6 innings giving up 2 runs and striking out 10 batters.
Astros pitcher and former Sox pitcher Erik Bedard was rocked, only going 3 innings giving up 8 hits and 5 earned runs.
The Red Sox bats were on fire, attaining 17 hits and 4 home runs. Two HR came from David Ross, who had a terrific night going 4-4. At the age of 37, Ross showed he can still contribute even though Jarrod Saltalamacchia will do most of the catching.
Will Middlebrooks and David Ortiz also homered against a struggling Astros ball club.
In addition to the win, Jacoby Ellsbury stole his 200th base as member of the Red Sox. It’s Ellsbury’s 10th stolen base of the season so far.
It’s worth noting that the game at Fenway Park was ironically quiet. With a record of 16-7, let’s hope the Red Sox can keep up the hot start and stay at top of the American League East.