Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 8/8/13
Ever since Jose Igelsias was traded, Stephen Drew has transformed into a new man and has been on fire. Nothing changed last night, as Drew played hero and saved the Red Sox late. Ryan Dempster took the mound for the Sox against the Astros and again, had another bland start. The 6th inning was his worst, where the Astros put together a string of hits, pounding away on Dempster. Three runs were scored consecutively and the young, chippy Astros took a 5-2 lead. Dempster finished the night with a line of 6 IP, 7 H, 5 ER,  0 BB, 7 SO on 92 pitches. At least he went six innings, but Dempster should be dominating these Astros. A big moment in the top of the 6th developed for the Red Sox offense in a 2-2 ballgame. With the bases loaded, the top of the order had its turn and completely failed. With one out, Jacoby Ellsbury (who had a decent at-bat) struck out looking and Shane Victorino struckout on a check swing, where he proceeded to argue the call. An odd moment in the 7th: Shane Victorino was tossed for talking to the 3rd base umpire from the dugout. He was arguing a little bit after the controversial check-swing in the bottom of the 6hth, but nothing drastic to be thrown out. Chalk this up to an umpire having a big ego and a short leash. Jonny Gomes continued to swing his home run stick, as he launched a two-run homer in the top of the 7th inning to make it 5-4 Astros. Then in the 9th inning, Drew sealed it with a three-run bomb to right field putting the Sox ahead for good 7-5. Koji Uehara did his thing in the 9th, earning his 11th save on the season, pushing the Sox to their 70th victory on the season. The Red Sox also took a two and a half game lead in first place over the Rays. The Red Sox travel to Kansas City to take on the hot Royals, who have lost only four games since the All-Star break. Lester takes the mound for the Sox, where Bruce Chen counters for the Royals. First pitch is at 8:10 pm. Box Score
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