Ryan Lavarnway the catcher had a nightmarish start to his night but Ryan Lavarnway the hitter backed by most of the Red Sox lineup banished the bad memories in a 15-10 rout over the hapless Astros last night at Minute Maid Park.
Lavarnway’s two-out two-run double in the five-run fifth inning gave the Sox their first lead at 8-7 a margin they inflated to a comfortable victory for their 69th of the season tying their win total from last season when such a comeback like last night’s would have been improbable.
“I hope we pass last year” in wins quipped Sox manager John Farrell who was not here last season when the team had as little fight as it had focus.
The renewed zeal and execution were on full display early after the Sox fell into a 5-0 hole. The first three runs came in the first inning when first-time big league starter Steven Wright’s knuckleball was out of control and Lavarnway was charged with four passed balls tying a major league record.
“The way things started out we n...