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July 12, 2014

Vasquez's 3 RBIs spark Sox win

HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Christian Vasquez 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 last night.

Vasquez, who was playing in his second major 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 multi-homer 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. Vasquez’s double made it 5-1 and chased Feldman.

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 Vasquez 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.

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