While Houston has failed to distinguish itself from last year’s record-bad season, Boston is doing just the opposite. A 6-1 win at Fenway on Sunday got the Red Sox off to an 18-7 start.
A triumphant return from the disabled list by starter John Lackey fueled Boston through six innings. Lackey (1-1) got four strike-outs in a steady outing that was supported by the Red Sox streaking lineup.
Houston once again jumped out to an early lead, as Roger Cedeno’s single gave the Astros a first-inning 1-0 lead.
David Ortiz would respond with one of his two hits on the game, knocking in Daniel Nava to tie it at one.
It was the fourth and fifth innings where Boston pulled away. A Stephen Drew triple plated two in the fourth inning. Dustin Pedroia and Mike Carp each added RBI-doubles in the fifth to make it 5-1 Boston.
Big Papi’s RBI-double in the 7th capped it for the Sox, they win it 6-1.
They’ll have the day off Monday as they prepare for a series starting Tuesday in Toronto.