David Ortiz is 38-years-old. How he continues to have a lightening quick bat and some of the best plate discipline in baseball is beyond me. But, the Astros found out he had plenty left in the tank on Saturday night.
Everything was going great for the Astros at the start of the game. Robbie Grossman led off with a walk, Chris Carter and Dexter Fowler would single to drive in a run. Jason Castro loaded the bases with a walk. Jon Singleton grounded in to a force play for a second run. Right out of the gate, the Astros were up 2-0.
The Astros and Red Sox would each add a run in second inning. Marwin Gonzalez, Grossman, and Altuve reached base, and Chris Carter drove home and run with a sac-fly. Daniel Nava doubled home Mike Napoli for the Red Sox's first run.
The good times continued to roll as the Astros added two more runs in the third, Gregorio Petit doubled home two runners - Castro and Gonzalez. Petit was giving Matt Dominguez his first full day of rest since April 20.
The Astros have given their struggle starter a 5-1 lead in the third - that's when the bottom fell out. David Ortiz hit the first of his two home runs of the day, making the score 5-3. Dustin Pedroia trotted home on Ortiz's home run after leading off the third with a single.
The Astros ran the Red Sox starter Rubby De La Rosa after just four innings and 89 pitches.
Chris Carter has a 37 feet tall wall to contend with if he hopes to leave the building in Fenway. Not only did he conquer the wall with his solo home run the fourth, he added a degree of difficulty by hitting to almost dead center. What have we learned? No ballpark can contain Chris Carter.
David Ortiz would had his second home run in the fifth, his second off Peacock in the game. The score was now 6-to-5 Astros. Peacock was gone an error by Jon Singleton during the next at-bat, allowing Yoenis Cespedes to reach. Both starters were out of the game and it wasn't even the six inning yet. The Red Sox would add two more runs in the inning, as Peacock's replacement, Josh Fields failed to retire the first three batters he faced.
Ortiz would add two more runs batted in the eight with a base-loaded double, scoring Jackie Bradley Jr. and Pedroia. Cespedes followed with a single to drive the Red Sox's tenth run of the game.
Jason Castro would hit a home run in the ninth but it wasn't enough. The drop the third game in Fenway.
There are three main take-aways from today's game. Brad Peacock hasn't been the same since he had food poisoning in July. Kevin Chapman had a rough day in his return to the big club, three runs over 2.1 innings. The Astros offense is clicking with Fowler back in the lineup.