After spotting the Astros five runs and a four-run lead, the Red Sox went to work in the seventh inning, stringing together four straight hits off of Bud Norris and chasing the Houston starter from the game.
Snuck in the middle of the six-run inning was an incident between Dustin Pedroia and home plate umpire Laz Diaz, in which Pedroia disagreed with Diaz' called strike two, both went back and forth for the better part of a minute and Pedroia put the next pitch he saw in that location past the Houston first baseman and down the line to tie the game. While running to first base, Pedroia turned back and yelled a few more words in the direction of Diaz.
Adrian Gonzalez followed up by doubling in two runs to make the difference 7-5, and that score would stand.
The spark may be exactly what a slumping Red Sox team needed as they look to salvage their National League road trip, which they're currently 3-4 on.
The Red Sox send Andrew Miller (1-0, 3.09 ERA) to the hill on Saturday afternoon to face off against J.A. Happ (3-9, 5.54). First pitch is at 7:05.