Ryan Dempster's 10 strikeouts were nearly overshadowed by the offensive support his teammates provided in his first win as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Boston had 17 hits, including nine for extra bases, in a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night as the Red Sox continued one of the best opening months in team history.
Backup catcher David Ross cleared the Green Monster twice with solo home runs, ending an 0-for-12 slump with his first 4-for-4 game.
''It seems like with this team, it's been somebody else every night. I'm excited to be part of this team,'' said Ross, one of several offseason acquisitions that have the Red Sox to their best start in 11 years.
Another newcomer is Dempster (1-2), who struck out 10 for the second time in five starts for Boston. He allowed two runs and four hits over six innings.
''He had like a `Bugs Bunny' splitty tonight,'' Ross said. That thing was really working good on some of those guys. It was like some Nintendo stuff going on out...