Red Sox Avoid Sweep With Win Over Astros
The Red Sox came from behind on Sunday to snap the Astros 10-game winning streak with a 4-3 win.
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It felt like a must-win game for the Red Sox after they lost the first two games of the weekend series against the Houston Astros. After a scorching hot 11-2 stretch, the Sox found themselves as losers of three of their last four entering Sunday.
The Red Sox got off to a good start by scoring a run in the first inning on a J.D. Martinez groundout. However, that lead didn’t stand for long. Chris Sale let up a run in the top of the second on a wild pitch and two more in the third on a two-run home run by Carlos Correa, which gave Houston a 3-1 lead.
Sale pitched pretty well, but he had some control issues that were very uncharacteristic. He walked five batters in 5.1 innings, more than he had in his last four starts combined, but he still gave his team a chance to win. He let up just the three runs on four hits, and he struck out 10.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Red Sox were able to tie the game. With two outs, Michael Chavis hit a 420-foot bomb over the Green Monster for his eighth homer of the season to cut the lead to 3-2. Then, Mookie Betts hit a double to right and Xander Bogaerts scored him with a bloop single that Yuli Gurriel couldn’t catch in short right field.
Bogaerts also gave the Red Sox the lead in the seventh with an RBI double off the center field wall that scored Betts from first base. Betts had a big day with three hits and three runs scored , and Bogaerts’s two RBIs brought him to 28 for the season.
After Sale got into trouble in the top of the sixth inning, Marcus Walden came in with the bases loaded and one out, and he got Jake Marisnick to ground into the inning-ending double play. Walden picked up his sixth win of the season with 1.2 hitless innings.
In fact, no Red Sox reliever that came in gave up a hit. Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman closed out the game with hitless innings in what was a spectacular performance from the Red Sox bullpen. Workman picked up his first career save to secure Boston’s 4-3 win.
Now, the Red Sox will travel to Toronto to play the Blue Jays for a four-game series. The first game is at 1 p.m. on Monday, and David Price is set to come off the IL to face off with Edwin Jackson in his first start since May 2.