The Red Sox played a fabulous ninth inning tonight in Arlington; they scored six runs and got the win against the Rangers.
David Ortiz struck first in the 6th, hitting a timely two-run homer. At that point the game was tied. But in the next two innings, the Red Sox would be losing 4-2.
That set the stage for the 9th; Jacoby Ellsbury singled in Ortiz, Victor Martinez doubled in Ellsbury and Pedroia, and Bay singled in Martinez before J.D. Drew came up. Drew capped the night and the scoring with a two-run homer.
Unfortunately, all this came well after starter Jon Lester had left the game. He threw six innings, allowed three runs, and struck out 11. A fine game for Lester, but timing is everything.
In other news, the beatings continue for the Astros. Tonight in Milwaukee, bad Wandy showed up again (as opposed to Magic Wandy of the previous seven times he went out to the mound), giving up 8 runs in the first inning. He threw four innings total, giving up 10 runs, walking five and striking out four. Terrible, but not surprising.
Sammy Gervacio made his long-awaited debut for the major league club, also. He threw two innings of shutout ball. His delivery is neat to watch, actually. Gervacio is a righty who throws sidearm (but not a submariner, it must be noted) with a lot of movement. Ever since I heard of his prowess a couple years ago, I was convinced that he'd eventually be the closer for the Astros. Perhaps that time is coming as soon as next season.
Of course, I also thought that Fernando Nieve and Paul Estrada were going to make big splashes with the Astros. I was wrong on both counts.