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Closing Time: David Ortiz ignites Red Sox with two home runs to lead comeback win over Astros

08.16.14 at 11:01 pm ET
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David Ortiz homered twice (the 400th and 401st homers of his Red Sox career) and drove in six runs on Saturday. (Getty Images)

David Ortiz homered twice (the 400th and 401st homers of his Red Sox career) and drove in six runs on Saturday. (Getty Images)

The Red Sox were in need of a spark, and David Ortiz gave them just that.

The lefty slugger hit a pair of two-run home runs, including one in the fifth that started a four-run rally, and a two-run double in the eighth to lift the Sox to a 10-7 comeback win over the Astros Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Ortiz went 3-for-5 for the game with a career-high six RBIs, the fifth time he’s achieved that single-game feat in his career.

The homers were Ortiz’s 400th and 401st in a Red Sox uniform, making him just the third player in club history to reach that mark behind Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski, who had 521 and 452, respectively. Saturday marked his fourth multi-home run game of the season and 45th of his career.

While the blast on an 0-2 changeup in the bottom of the third was the milestone, the second one proved to be most important.

A poor outing from starter Rubby De La Rosa left the Sox in a 6-3 hole entering the fifth. But Ortiz ignited a rally with a homer just inside the right-field foul pole to cut the deficit to one.

The Sox had luck on their side in the inning as well. Yoenis Cespedes reached second one batter later after Houston first baseman Jon Singleton dropped an easy pop fly on the infield grass. Cespedes stole third and scored on an RBI single by Daniel Nava to tie the game. Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to left.

The Red Sox improved to 56-66 with the win.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX

— The Red Sox bullpen picked up De La Rosa with six shutout innings in relief. Alex Wilson‘s effort was most noteworthy. The righty tossed 2 1/3 perfect innings while the Sox were in the midst of their comeback. It was his second straight scoreless outing in just his fifth appearance this season. Burke Badenhop also added 1 2/3 perfect innings after Tommy Layne allowed a pair of runners reach base with one out in the seventh.

— Daniel Nava went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including the game-tying single in the fifth inning, Saturday night to extend his hitting streak to four games. Nava is 8-for-14 (.571) in this four-game stretch with four doubles and three RBIs.

— Brock Holt extended his hit streak to 10 games Saturday with a leadoff single in the fifth. He finished 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored and is 13-for-45 (.288) in the last 10 games.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX

— The De La Rosa that took the hill for the Sox Saturday night was not the same pitcher that’s been so impressive as of late. The righty gave up six runs on nine hits and four walks over four innings. His three runs allowed in the first two innings were more than his last two starts combined. Houston scored in each of De La Rosa’s four innings, including one on a solo home run by Chris Carter in the fourth.

The 25-year-old came into Saturday’s outing with three straight quality starts under his belt and a 1.97 ERA at home this season. Saturday was De La Rosa’s worst start since a seven-run meltdown in Toronto July 24. He’s allowed a combined nine runs in his last 10 innings at Fenway Park.

Koji Uehara, brought in for the ninth inning with a four-run lead (non-save situation), struggled, allowing a homer by Jason Castro, a single and hitting just his second batter in his career before inducing a game-ending groundout from Marwin Gonzalez.

— Cespedes went 1-for-5 Saturday night and is 2-for-14 for the series against a lowly Astros team he should be familiar with coming from the American League West. The slugger, who was acquired at the trade deadline from Oakland, was hitting .317/.328/.467 in his career against Houston entering Saturday’s game. He hasn’t replicated that success against a recognizable pitching staff this weekend, however.

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