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       === Lavarnway overcomes 4 passed balls, drives in go-ahead run ===
 
 Houston,  TX (Sports Network) - Ryan Lavarnway went from a putrid start behind
 the  plate to driving  in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, and the Boston
 Red  Sox  went on to  pound the  Houston Astros, 15-10,  in the middle test of
 three games at Minute Maid Park.
 
 Lavarnway allowed four passed balls in the first inning while catching starter
 Steven  Wright,  but atoned  for his  mistakes with a  two-out double to left-
 center field to give the Red Sox their first lead at 8-7.
 
 Houston scored three runs in that first inning and held a 7-3 lead after four,
 but  Jordan  Lyles (4-6) couldn't protect  it, yielding five runs in the fifth
 and eight in all to drop his fifth straight decision.
 
 The Red Sox, winners in eight of 11, received a pinch-hit three-run homer from
 Jonny Gomes in the sixth to cap another five-run inning. Jacoby Ellsbury had a
 pair  of homers,  while David  Ortiz and  Dustin Pedroia  knocked in  two runs
 apiece.
 
 "A  lot of good  things are going on around here," said Ortiz. "We've got guys
 coming in here hungry everyday and try to make things happen."
 
 Wright's  first start of his career lasted just one inning, as he struggled to
 command  his  knuckleball. Brandon  Workman (2-1)  wasn't exactly effective in
 relief -- charged with six runs in 4 2/3 innings -- but still got the win.
 
 Boston  erased its four-run deficit by starting off the fifth with a bang. Its
 first  four  batters reached  base and  scored a pair  of runs on back-to-back
 doubles from Shane Victorino and Pedroia.
 
 Mike Carp pulled the Red Sox within 7-6 by knocking in Pedroia from third with
 a groundout. A wild pitch from Lyles preceded a walk to Stephen Drew, and with
 runners at the corners, Lavarnway cleared the bags to put the visitors ahead.
 
 "Offense  came up tonight, put up some big numbers and I just let it go," said
 Lyles. "I made the bullpen throw a lot of innings. It was just a tough game to
 watch for a lot of people."
 
 The  Red Sox then  created some breathing room an inning later when they again
 put  their first four  batters on base. Pedroia and Ortiz each had RBI singles
 and Gomes made it 13-7 with a three-run homer later in the frame.
 
 Two of Lavarnway's passed balls resulted in scoring plays in the first inning.
 Robbie  Grossman's  two-run homer  for Houston  in the  second inning gave the
 hosts  a  5-0 lead.  He knocked in  his third  run in the  home sixth and Jose
 Altuve added an RBI as well to make 13-9, but the Astros never came closer.
 
 Ellsbury  clubbed his second homer to start the seventh and Gomes recorded his
 fourth  RBI  with a bases  loaded single to  give Boston a comfortable six-run
 cushion.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Lavarnway's  four passed balls tied an MLB record. The feat has occurred three
 times  since 1900,  with  the last  happening  in August  22,  1987 when  Geno
 Petralli  caught  Texas pitcher  Charlie  Hough  ...  Ortiz went  4-for-4  and
 Victorino  had three  hits with four runs scored ... Brett Wallace homered and
 knocked in two runs for the Astros, losers in five of their last six games ...
 Houston  shortstop  Jonathan Villar went 2-for-2  with an RBI, but injured his
 thumb  in the  sixth and was replaced by  Jake Elmore, who hit a solo homer in
 the eighth ... Boston matched last season's win total (69) with the victory on
 Tuesday  ... The Red Sox are 12-3 all-time against the Astros ... Gomes tied a
 franchise record with his fourth pinch-hit home run of the season.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 08/07 02:40:13 ET