The Red Sox were able to take care of business in the series finale with the Houston Astros, improving their MLB best record to 41-19.
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It was a huge 9-3 win tonight for the Sox in a primetime ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game against the defending World Series Champs. After a couple of ugly losses to start the series, they pulled out a couple of big wins on national TV the past couple of nights to split the series 2-2.
Tonight, it was pretty much all Red Sox from the beginning as they beat up on early Cy Young contender Charlie Morton. Mitch Moreland hit a 2-run bomb to dead center in the first to get the Sox on the board as part of his 3 hits night. Andrew Benintendi added a ding for himself, his second of the series, in the 5th inning.
Brock Holt had a big night with 2 hits and 3 RBIs including a 2-run triple in the 6th inning. Eduardo Nunez had 3 hits and scored a couple of runs. Even Blake Swihart and Sam Travis got in on the action with a couple of RBI singles.Up and down the lineup there were big contributions tonight.
On the other side of the ball, Rick Porcello settled down after surrendering a leadoff home run to George Springer. He cruised through the next few innings before getting into some trouble in the 7th. He ended up going 6.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (only 2 earned) while striking out 5 and walking 2 as he picked up his 8th win of the year. Then, Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree came out and threw a couple of shutout innings in relief to seal the win.
Overall, it was a great team win. The Sox will have a much needed off day tomorrow before they return home to play the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. Go Sox!