The Astros collected a big extra inning win over the Red Sox in game one. Now they faced the Red Sox's ace Clay Buchholz. Buchholz has been on a roll, posting a 2.21 ERA in 40 2/3 innings in June with 34 strikes out and just seven walks.
Unfortunately for the Astros his roll continued on Saturday. The Astros went down in order in five innings during the game.
Luis Valbuena hit a double in the second to lead off the second inning. He even moved to third on a Evan Gattis ground out. But Colby Rasmus and Jon Singleton struck out to strand him. Carlos Correa lead of the seventh with single but Valbuena followed with a ground ball that turned into a double play.
The Astros would save face in the ninth with a run but it was Buchholz's day.
On the other side of the coin, Collin McHugh had a serviceable day -- giving up three runs over 5 1/3 innings. It was Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts show for the Red Sox. The pair drove in five of the Red Sox's six runs.
Houston heads to the Sunday rubber match with Lance McCullers on the mound.