How bad are the Houston Astros, you ask? They made Ryan Dempster look like Clay Buchholz tonight as Boston cruised to an easy 7-3 victory.
The Red Sox had no trouble trouble at the plate or on the mound tonight. Their 5 pitchers combined for 14 strike outs, and they amassed 17 hits and 4 home runs with their bats.
Dempster was awesome, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs over 6 innings with 10 K's. Mortensen, Tazawa, Uehara, and Anderson finished off the game, allowing 3 hits and one run between them. For Houston, the Sox made Erik Bedard throw 96 pitches in 3+ innings (!!!!!!), and not one at-bat ended in a walk. Insanity. They tagged him for 3 home runs as well. Not going to be a happy evening in the Bedard household.
Everyone but Nava got a hit for Boston. Papi and Gomes were the only batters to only get one hit. Everyone else had two or three (or four, in the case of Ross). All but 3 batters drove in a run. It was that kind of night. Two of Ross's 4 hits were solo shots. Papi and Middlebrooks each had a home run as well. Pedroia and Napoli had two doubles a piece. Ciriaco had a triple. Ellsbury swiped his 11th base.
At least one team in Boston had some offense tonight.