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The Houston Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, Boston falls to 97-46 on the season while Houston advances to 89-53 with the victory. Eduardo Rodriguez made the start for the Red Sox while Charlie Morton, making his first start post disabled list, did so for the Astros. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston.
It was all Astros offense in the early innings against the Red Sox, as they tagged Rodriguez for five earned runs in 3 and 1/3 innings. This included two homers for the ‘Stros coming off the bats of Martin Maldonado (top 4th) and Alex Bregman (top 3rd); they were both of the solo variety.
On the offensive side of the ball, there was not much to celebrate besides Xander Bogaerts, who went 3-4 in the game. His solo-homer in the bottom 5th was likely the highlight of the contest for the team, which has now lost two in a row to the club with the second-best record in baseball.
Despite the loss, it was very much encouraging to see the bullpen holds its own after the southpaw departed in the 4th inning. The ‘pen combined for 5 and 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Brandon Workman, Bobby Poyner and Tyler Thornburg all threw close to two innings of shutout ball.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Houston Astros at 8:05 p.m. eastern on Sunday. Boston will throw out Rick Porcello to take on Houston’s Dallas Keuchel, which will be a battle of former AL Cy Young award winners. It will be the last of a three-game set.