Astros’ 3 HRs not enough as Sox take series

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Trailing, 6-4, in the eighth inning, the Astros loaded the bases with one out and got an RBI single by Carlos Beltran off reliever Robby Scott, but Andrew Benintendi threw out Jose Altuve trying to score from second to keep the score at 6-5.

Benintendi nabs Altuve at home

Bogaerts hit a two-run homer off Astros starter Joe Musgrove in the sixth to put Boston ahead, 3-2, and Jackie Bradley Jr. added a two-run double later in the inning off reliever James Hoyt. The Astros got back-to-back homers from Jake Marisnick (454 feet, according to Statcast™) and George Springer in the bottom of the inning to get within one, 5-4. Hoyt hit Mookie Betts with a pitch in the seventh, and he scored on a Bogaerts single.

Springer's solo homer

With the pair of homers, Bogaerts, who also had four total RBIs on Saturday, doubled his home run total this season to four. His three hits marked his 134th multi-hit game since 2015, the third most in the Majors.

The Astros finished just 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13 baserunners.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
What a throw: Benintendi perhaps saved the game for the Red Sox when he threw out Altuve at the plate for the second out in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Beltran singled to left to score Springer, but Altuve was out at the plate on a 91-mph throw that traveled 237 feet, according to Statcast™. Astros manager A.J. Hinch challenged the tag at the plate, but the call was confirmed.

Bradley delivers: Bogaerts homered in the first and sixth innings and drove in another run in the seventh that turned out to be the winning run, but Bradley Jr.’s two-out double in the sixth loomed large. He greeted Hoyt with a double to right field to score Hanley Ramirez and Benintendi and put the Red Sox ahead, 5-2.

Bradley Jr.'s two-run double

WHAT’S NEXT
Red Sox: Hector Velazquez, who made his MLB debut on May 18 and was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on June 14, will start for the Red Sox Monday as they begin a three-game series against the Royals in Kansas City. First pitch for the series opener is set for 8:15 ET at Kauffman Stadium.

Astros: Right-hander Brad Peacock will start for the Astros as they open a four-game series against the A’s at 9:07 p.m. CT Monday at the Coliseum. Peacock struck out 10 batters in just 4 2/3 innings Tuesday vs. the Rangers and is averaging 13.38 strikeouts per nine innings. .

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. He covered the Red Sox on Sunday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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