Chris Sale went six innings and gave up four earned runs to the Astros for his second straight loss, and third overall this season.
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The Boston Red Sox dropped their second straight loss to the World Series defending champions Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park last night. Mitch Moreland hit his ninth home run of the season, while J.D. Martinez hit his American League-leading 19th home run, both solo shots. Despite the offensive help, it wasn’t enough to keep the Astros at bay.
The Astros’ Gerrit Cole went seven innings giving up five hits and three earned runs for the win. George Springer hit a solo homer off of Chris Sale in the 3rd while Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis hit homers off of Joe Kelly in the 8th inning. Kelly lasted only 0.1 innings before being pulled after giving up both home runs.
The Red Sox continue to struggle as Mookie Betts was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a left abdominal strain. Other areas of weakness include Rafael Devers, who is hitting only .208 in his last 24 at-bats, and Dustin Pedroia, who was scratched from Thursday night’s game with left knee soreness. Pedroia recently returned to the team after having been on the DL after undergoing a cartilage restoration on his left knee last October. Pedroia’s only had eleven at-bats this season with just one hit.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Houston Astros at 7:15 tonight. David Price (5-4) will face Justin Verlander (7-2).