Recap - Drew's blast lifts Sox past 'Stros

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

Stephen Drew slammed a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning as the Red Sox came from behind to beat the Houston Astros 7-5 at Minute Maid Park. The win, Boston's seventieth of the season, passed the 2012 season mark with forty six games remaining. Combined with Tampa's loss to Arizona, the Red Sox now lead the American League East by 2.5 games.

Drew (pictured left) has clearly raised him game lately. Since the trade of Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers, the Red Sox shortstop is 13 for 28 at the plate with seven RBI's.

Ryan Dempster started for Boston; he lasted six innings and was charged with all five Houston runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

The Red Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third innings. The Astros tied the game in the bottom of the third on Robbie Grossman's third home run of the year. Houston added three more in the bottom of the sixth before Jonny Gomes (pictured right)
brought the Red Sox a little closer with his tenth home run of the year. It came with one on in the top of the seventh.

David Ortiz had four hits for Boston. Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each had two hits.

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