The AL East-leading Boston Red Sox just showed how they can overcome a rough outing by one of their starters.
Ryan Dempster hopes he doesn't put his teammates in that position again.
The right-hander will try to rebound from one of his worst starts of the season Wednesday night as the Red Sox close their season series with the Houston Astros .
After their seven-game winning streak in this matchup ended with Monday's 2-0 defeat, the Red Sox (69-46) rallied from a 5-0 second-inning deficit Tuesday to win 15-10. David Ortiz went 4 for 4, Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs and Jacoby Ellsbury hit two out of the park as Boston overcame Steven Wright 's shaky one-inning stint in his first major league start."We try not to give up until the game is over," Ortiz said.
The Red Sox, 1 1/2 games in front of second-place Tampa Bay in the East, lead the majors with 583 runs. They've plated double-digit runs 12 times, four coming when Dempster (6-8, 4.54 ERA) has started.
He has won three of those contests and owns one of the majors' highest run-support averages at 6.38. Boston has totaled 31 runs while winning Dempster's last four starts. He's 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA in that stretch after walking five and permitting a season high-tying seven runs in six innings of Thursday's 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Seattle.
Dempster, who threw six innings of two-run ball in a 7-3 win over the Astros (37-75) on April 26, hasn't pitched in Houston since 2011 while with the Chicago Cubs .
The Astros will try to win their first series since June 14-17 against the Chicago White Sox with rookie Jarred Cosart (1-0, 0.96) on the hill.
The right-hander, acquired from Philadelphia in the 2011 Hunter Pence deal, will make his second home start after becoming the first pitcher since Cincinnati's Wayne Simpson in 1970 to give up one earned run or fewer and throw at least six innings in each of his first four career appearances.
The Astros, though, have lost Cosart's last two starts.
"You can't worry about it," the 23-year-old told the Astros' official website after yielding one run in seven innings in Friday's 4-3, 13-inning loss at Minnesota.
However, there should be plenty of concern with the Astros' bullpen, which has a major league-worst 5.20 ERA after surrendering seven runs Tuesday following another ineffective outing by Jordan Lyles .
The Astros, though, have been getting some nice offensive performances from their rookies. Robbie Grossman drove in a season-best three runs Tuesday and has now hit safely in all nine games since his second recall from the minors.
Newcomer L.J. Hoes has back-to-back two-hit games and so does shortstop Jonathan Villar . However, Villar isn't expected to play after suffering a sprained left thumb.
Jake Elmore , who went 2 for 2 with a homer following Villar's exit, could start the series finale.
Boston's Dustin Pedroia drove in two runs and finished 2 for 5 on Tuesday, improving his career batting average versus Houston to .521 (25 for 48). The former MVP is 11 for 23 against the Astros this season, helping the Red Sox outscore Houston 43-22 while winning five of six.
|Boston Red Sox|
|August 04, 2013||Matt Thornton||Day-to-Day||Right oblique soreness|
|July 19, 2013||Shane Victorino||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hamstring tightness|
|July 13, 2013||Andrew Bailey||15-Day DL||Right shoulder strain|
|July 09, 2013||Alex Wilson||15-Day DL||Sprained right thumb|
|July 08, 2013||Jacoby Ellsbury||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|July 07, 2013||Andrew Miller||60-Day DL||Left foot surgery - out for season|
|August 07, 2013||Jonathan Villar||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained hand|
|July 31, 2013||Brandon Barnes||Day-to-Day||Lower back tightness|
|July 27, 2013||Jose Altuve||Day-to-Day||Left quad tightness|
|July 27, 2013||J.D. Martinez||15-Day DL||Sprained left wrist|
|July 23, 2013||Brandon Barnes||Day-to-Day||Left game - mild left calf strain|
|July 09, 2013||Ronny Cedeno||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised left toe|
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox keep finding ways to come back.
A night after rallying from a five-run deficit to win, the Red Sox overcame a three-run deficit Wednesday, using Stephen Drew 's three-run homer in the ninth to beat the Houston Astros 7-5.
It was the sixth time in its last seven victories that Boston has come from behind to win.
"This team has done it all year," Drew said. "Everybody has fun, but everybody knows their role. I think that makes it easier on guys. Everybody has been clutch in late innings. That is what good teams do."
The home run was Drew's first go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later since 2008. Drew, who came off the disabled list on July 20, also hit a game-ending single to beat Seattle on July 31.
"He was starting to get in the flow of things once he came back and got some at-bats under his belt after the DL stint after the All-Star break," Boston manager John Farrell said.
"To have that kind of bat at shortstop down in the bottom third of the order, it lengthen things out. He's swinging with a lot of confidence right now against both lefties and righties."
David Ortiz had four hits and Jonny Gomes also hit a home run for the Red Sox, who have won seven of their last nine games.
Robbie Grossman had two hits, including a homer, and Jason Castro added two hits for the Astros, who have dropped six of seven and are a major league-worst 37-76.
Ortiz led off the ninth with a single and pinch-runner Drake Britton moved to second on Gomes' one-out walk before Drew's home run to right, his ninth of the season, off Josh Fields (1-2).
"I got ahead of him," Fields said. "I threw a pretty good changeup and tried to come back with a breaking ball and left it up. Should've buried it down a bit more and it sort of just came out of my hand, and he put a good swing on it."
Houston's bullpen has 18 blown saves this season.
"It's one of those things where you sit there and ask yourself, `Could we do something different?"' Houston manager Bo Porter said. "You put guys in situations where you feel they have the best opportunity to be successful, and tonight is another example of us just not getting it done."
Junichi Tazawa (5-3) threw two scoreless innings for the win. Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 11th save.
Grossman tied it at 2 in the third with a two-run shot to right. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his third home run of the season and second in two games.
Jose Altuve gave the Astros their first lead of the night in the sixth at 3-2 with a run-scoring single off a diving Brock Holt 's glove, scoring Grossman, who had led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch.
Altuve scored on Castro's double down the right-field line, sliding in ahead of Jarrod Saltalamacchia 's tag at the plate. Castro, who had moved to third on the throw home, scored on Marc Krauss ' sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.
Houston got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth, as Wesley Wright stuck out Jacoby Ellsbury before Josh Zeid struck out Shane Victorino on a checked swing to end the inning.
But Gomes started the comeback with a two-run home run in the seventh off Zeid.
Victorino was ejected by third base umpire Brian Knight with one out in the seventh after running out of the dugout to argue a call. Victorino refused comment after the game.
Ryan Dempster allowed five runs and seven hits while striking out seven over six innings. Dempster has allowed 12 runs in 12 innings over his last two starts.
"Just a few pitches ended up being a two-run home run and a big double," Dempster said. "I threw a lot of really good, quality pitches tonight. That's probably the best I've felt in a while. Unfortunately, I did not have much to show for it, but we got a win, so that's the most important thing."
Holt gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the second on a groundout, scoring Gomes. L.J. Hoes kept the Red Sox from scoring more, making a diving catch on Ellsbury's drive on the warning track to end the inning.
Jarred Cosart had his fourth straight no-decision after allowing two runs and seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts in five-plus innings.
Porter was ejected in the ninth by home plate umpire Mark Carlson for arguing a foul tip third strike call.
NOTES: Houston selected the contract of RHP Jorge De Leon from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned RHP Jose Cisnero there on Wednesday. The 25-year-old De Leon has not allowed a run in five relief outings over 7 1-3 innings for Oklahoma City. ... Houston DH Chris Carter had a second straight game off on Wednesday. Porter said he wanted to give Carter some time to work in the cage and try to figure out a way to get back on track after hitting .107 over his last 10 games. Porter said Carter will be back in the lineup on Friday. ... Houston SS Jonathan Villar sat out on Wednesday with a sprained left thumb. Porter said he'll have an MRI on Wednesday and he would know more about his availability after that.