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Betts homers in 8th inning, sends Red Sox past Astros 2-1

Betts homers in 8th inning, sends Red Sox past Astros 2-1

Springer and Altuve reached via doubles, with Springer scoring on the Altuve extra-base hit to give Houston the lead.

The Red Sox drop to 38-30 on the season.

The Boston Red Sox took on the Houston Astros on Friday night at Minute Maid Park to open up the three game set. He was backed up by three flawless innings by his bullpen as well.

On Saturday at Minute Maid Park, the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros will be continuing their weekend Major League Baseball series.

"He's a guy that has a good sinker", Beltran said of Porcello. It's just that location is what makes his sinker his sinker. "To pitch like we did tonight in their home ballpark; that was encouraging".

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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.

"I don't think it's the fastballs up, it's everything", Porcello said. I think they will need more than that today to win.

The Astros got back to their winning ways Wednesday night after ending a three-game losing streak 13-2.

"One of his better games that he's pitched in our uniform", manager John Farrell said.

Paulino (1-0) posted his first career win by working a career-long six innings, allowing three hits and one run with four strikeouts. In his rookie debut for Houston, Fisher got his first ever hit by smashing a home run against the Rangers. "And I loved his demeanor; he was calm the whole day". "Fourth, fifth, sixth innings when he's down in the strike zones, he's getting the ball on the ground and getting relatively easy outs". He stayed very calm in his approach.

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Chris Young led off the fifth with a solo home run for Boston.

Altuve's home run was his tenth this season, marking his third consecutive double-digit home run season. He would end up being stranded at second, so no harm was done, but the Red Sox would go on to lose 7-1.

- Bogaerts got the Red Sox on the board with a first-inning solo shot.

For Saturday's matchup, the Red Sox will be going with RHP Rick Porcello in the start. "There's still some things he needs to do in order to satisfy everyone that he's ready to start, but certainly the initial goal would for him to start on the road trip", Hinch said. RHP Charlie Morton (strained back muscle) will also throw a bullpen on Monday and could begin a rehabilitation assignment soon after that.

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With two runners in scoring position in the seventh, pinch-hitter Nori Aoki ended a splendid at-bat against Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly (3-0) with a lineout to third base.