Bogaerts hits 2 homers to lead Red Sox over Astros 6-5

Astros get back on track with romp of the Rangers

But on this sometimes maddening Red Sox team - which can disappoint one minute, then thrill the next - it's Xander Bogaerts who has provided the stability.

Altuve led off the third with his home run 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.

Houston Astros' Carlos Beltran (15) celebrates his two-run home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Houston. "Both innings where we had the three-run innings, we put a lot of at-bats together".

He blasted a solo homer in the first inning and a two-run home run during the sixth. It kind of shows that you can play with them even though they're good. It's not that it's not incredible. "We chased a little bit, got a few calls to go his way and he continued to execute his pitches and his game plan".

Betts hit his 12th homer after Brian McCann hit the first pitch he saw from Boston left-hander Drew Pomeranz into the right field seats with one out in the seventh. "For me to be successful that time, is definitely something I take pride in". "Guys are very comfortable with everything they are seeing and driving the ball off me right now". "But I got lucky that I was able to get another one in there".

Porcello lost his fourth straight - his second four-game losing streak this season - and has allowed five or more runs in three straight outings. RHP Carson Smith (Tommy John) will not make his scheduled rehab start Sunday due shoulder inflammation, Farrell said. "It wasn't pitched tight".

Yuli Gurriel scored on Norichika Aoki's double play in the sixth to give the Astros a 7-1 lead.

David Paulino (1-0) allowed 1 run and 3 hits with 4 strikeouts in 6 innings for his first career victory.

"That was a great performance", Hinch said. He's got a pretty good breaking ball; he's got a good arm. I can throw the baseball better. No need to remember your password or log in, just click.

After a scoreless second inning, the Astros added three more runs in the third. Pomeranz walked two in a row in the sixth inning with two outs.

Astros: LHP Dallas Keuchel (pinched nerve in neck) will begin to play catch on Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list on June 5. Hinch said he hopes to have them start a throwing program as early as this weekend.

The second Boston run came in the top of the eighth inning with Betts leading off and sending a solo blast to deep left to give the Red Sox a 2-1 advantage and win the game. Musgrove is only 2-5 with a 5.05 ERA at home in 2017 entering his first start against Boston - a far cry from the 3-1 record and 1.75 ERA he posted at Minute Maid Park in six late-season games (five starts) a year ago. As for Musgrove, he coughed up seven earned against the Indians, but since then has given up two on nine hits in 11.2 innings across his last two starts.



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