After the embarrassing 2-0 loss on Monday night by the Sox to the Houston Astros, I exchanged tweets with my friend Jeff, a Red Sox fan in California. Both of us were in rather foul moods, and I responded to Jeff with this:
@dearhank38 "Amen, Jeff. I expect no less than 15 runs on Tuesday."
And, on cue, the Red Sox scored 15 runs against the lowly Astros, coming from behind to win 15-10.
It looked like the Sox were heading to a series loss to the Astros, as Steven Wright had a nightmare first inning. He walked two batters, hit one, and all three scored. And it was just as a big a disaster for Ryan Lavarnway, who tied the MLB record for most passed balls in an inning with four.
John Farrell pulled the plug early, and brought in Brandon Workman. Workman;'s numbers weren't pretty either: 4 2/3 innings, 6 runs on 9 hits, but it was good enough once the bleeding stopped and the Sox offense got rolling.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit two home runs in the Red Sox comeback from 5-0 (after two innings). Jonny Gomes hit his fourth pinch-hit HR of the year, a three-run shot.
The Red Sox also become the first team in MLB to match their 2012 win total with their 69th victory. (Doesn't it seem like Bobby Valentine managed this team like 20 years ago?)
Tampa Bay's loss now puts the Red Sox up by 1 1/2 games. Baltimore continues in third 6 back after their win last night, and the plummeting Yankees are now 10 1/2 games back after their defeat in Chicago last night.