Jake Marisnick’s two-run double down the right-field line Friday night didn’t land far from the spot where Boston’s Dustin Pedroia poked one a night earlier, barely fair before a bounce into the stands. Marisnick’s, though, was a weak dunker – a lucky two-out hit – but all the Astros needed to break a tie in a 10-inning 5-3 win over the Red Sox. No one has ever accused these Astros of being too darn lucky. The victory carried some significance for this organization. Through 123 games in 2014, the Astros have equaled the number of wins (51) they had in the entirety of 2013, better known as the season that should not be spoken of. The accomplishment is relative only to this club, but it is nonetheless notable. “It’s nice, but we’re not done,” said pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who took a no-decision after seven strong innings opposite Clay Buchholz. “We know that we’ve come a long way since last year, from how miserable it was day in and day out. “Coming from spring training, everybody kind of said, ‘Hey, let’s inch our way closer to being .500 and a legit playoff contender,’ and I think we’re headed in the right direction.” The Astros are virtually guaranteed to reach 60 wins at this point, leaving a question of how close they can get to 70 much more intriguing. They lost 15 in a row to end last year, winning their 51st game in their 147th of the season (Sept. 13).
Marisnick delivers big hit as Astros earn historic win against Red Sox
Houston Chronicle | Aug 16