It was a nice run while it lasted, but the Astros ten game win streak comes to a halt, after losing a tight one 4-3 to the Boston Red Sox.
The good news is that the Astros took two out of three from the defending World Champions at Fenway Park. Never an easy task to do. Also on the bright side, they now come back to Minute Maid Park for a ten game homestand, including three more against the Red Sox.
This is the second ten-game winning streak Houston has enjoyed already in this young season. As Brian McTaggart points out, that’s no easy feat to accomplish.
Houston’s bats just weren’t there today against Boston’s pitcher Chris Sale, who seems to have turned his season around as of late. The Astros managed to only squeak out four hits and three runs off of Sale, and one of those runs was a result of a wild pitch. Red Sox pitching racked up 13 strikeouts, 10 of those credited to Sale.
The offensive highlight of the afternoon was a two-run shot by Carlos Correa in the third inning to right center field with Alex Bregman on base. That’s Correa’s 11th homer on the season, placing him third on the team behind George Springer‘s 17 and Bregman’s 14. The Astros would only muster two more hits in the remaining six innings of the game.
Wade Miley went five innings surrendering seven hits and three runs, only two of which were earned runs. Framber Valdez gave up the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning on a double by Xander Bogaerts knocking in Mookie Betts. That would be all the Red Sox would need.
One concern that came out of the game was when Springer, Houston’s hottest hitter, left the game early with a back injury. A. J. Hinch indicated that he will most likely not play Monday night and is considered day-to-day. Springer struck out in all three of his at-bats and seemed to be uncomfortable at times.
Time for the Astros to return to Houston where they hold a 16-4 home record. They’ll face the White Sox for four games, followed by three more against Boston, and then wrap up the homestand when the first place Cubs come to town for three.