Astros outlast Red Sox thanks to Marisnick
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Marisnick's two-run, ground-rule double in the 10th inning was the deciding hit, as Houston edged Boston by a 5-3 count in the second edition of a four-game series from Fenway Park.
Craig Breslow (2-4) allowed singles to Gregorio Petit and Dexter Fowler to begin the 10th, then plunked Jason Castro to load the bases. He retired Jonathan Singleton on a fly to center before yielding to Junichi Tazawa.
Matt Dominguez popped out, but Marisnick muscled a pitch the other way which dropped just in front of the right-field foul pole and bounced into the stands to score two.
Tony Sipp (3-2) retired all four batters he faced to pick up the victory, Houston's first ever in Boston after nine attempts dating back to 2003.
"Let's continue to try to accomplish the goal in which we set out to be, the most improved team in baseball as far as the win-loss column goes," Astros manager Bo Porter said.
Robbie Grossman finished with three hits, including a solo blast, and drove in a pair of runs for the Astros, while Chris Carter and Fowler both added two hits and Petit scored twice.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer and Brock Holt contributed a pair of hits and knocked in the other run for the Red Sox, who saw their four-game winning streak halted.
After David Ortiz reached on an infield hit to begin the home fourth, Cespedes launched a ball over the Green Monster to make it 2-0.
Houston came back with a run in the fifth, as three straight two out singles, the last from Grossman, plated Marisnick. Grossman's solo shot in the seventh then knotted the score at 2-2.
In the home half, Christian Vazquez singled with two away, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Holt's hit to right. The inning came to a close when Holt was thrown out trying to reach second, but the Sox led by a run.
"For us to lose that way after that go-ahead base hit, that was pretty frustrating right there," said Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts.
Petit was inserted as a pinch runner for Carter, who led off the eighth with a single. Fowler followed with a whit, and then Petit scored on a Matt Dominguez dribbler to short. Fowler beat Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia to the bag, then Petit faked out Vazquez and jumped over a tag by Burke Badenhop before touching home with the palm of his hand to tie the score at 3-3.
Houston posted its 51st victory of the season on Friday, equaling the club's 2013 total ...Dallas Keuchel struck out eight and walked three over seven full innings, giving up three runs on six hits ... Red Sox counterpart Clay Buchholz also lasted seven innings, allowing seven hits and two runs while fanning nine and walking two ... Boston fell to 6-10 in extra-inning games and 4-5 at home this season ... Before the game, the Astros recalled pitcher Kevin Chapman from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned outfielder L.J. Hoes to OKC.
08/16 01:28:28 ET