Houston Astros sail to 7-1 win over Boston Red Sox

Vincent De Villiers
Junho 20, 2017

Bogaerts had only two career home runs entering the game.

Craig Kimbrel earned his 20th save for the Red Sox.

Trailing 6-4 with Correa and Jose Altuve in scoring position in the eighth inning, Carlos Beltran drove home Correa with a single to left only for Altuve to be thrown out at the plate on a ideal toss from Andrew Benintendi. Normally a doubles machine, he has only recorded 11 doubles so far to go along with his limited home run output.

While Carlos Correa (13th homer), Jake Marisnick (eighth) and George Springer (19th) all went deep, the Astros couldn't quite get over the hump, stranding 13 baserunners and going 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

"They took advantage of nearly all of their opportunities and we struggled in a couple of those", said Astros manager A.J. Hinch. Musgrove allowed five hits and six runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Altuve led off the third with his homer off the train tracks above the left-center field facade, and Beltran followed three batters later with his ninth home run of the season to put Houston ahead 6-0. He was replaced by Heath Hembree, who ended a streak of 26 straight scoreless innings by Boston's bullpen when he allowed the homer to Springer to get Houston within 5-4.

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What has been a laborious stretch of pitcher injuries appears to be nearing an end for the Astros, who will embark on a seven-game, West Coast road trip starting Monday in Oakland with three now disabled starters in tow.

Hoyt also hit Red Sox rightfielder Mookie Betts in the right knee in the previous at-bat.

It looks like Bogaerts is starting to heat up as the summer season rolls in. OF Josh Reddick (concussion) will take batting practice on Monday and will likely return to the lineup Tuesday. Aoki will hit the bench on Sunday to make way for Marisnick.

NOTES: Astros RHP Lance McCullers will accompany the club on its upcoming seven-game trip through Oakland and Seattle with the possibility that he could start the series finale against the Athletics on Thursday.

Pirates 4, Cubs 3: Gregory Polanco broke out of a slump with a two-run homer and Andrew McCutchen hit his 12th home run of the season.

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