Houston Astros starting pitching stunk. The Astros offense stunk. The Astros lost 6-2 to the Boston Red Sox on Friday at Minute Maid Park. It's the same storyline over and over against in 2016 for the Astros.
The loss was the team's fourth in a row, pushing the Astros' overall record to 5-12. The Astros' record looks more like the 2014 team (9-19 in April) to the 2015 team (15-7 in April).
The Red Sox got to Astros starter Collin McHugh early. Mookie Betts opened the game with a triple and Dustin Pedroia followed with a single to score the first run of the game.
Pedroia came around to score on a Xander Bogaerts single, David Ortiz walk, and Hanley Ramirez sacrifice fly.
McHugh's issues with basepath traffic continued. The Red sox would score runs in the second, third and fourth innings.
Jackie Bradley Jr. and Betts hit back-to-back doubles in the second for. Ramirez, Travis Shaw, and Brock Holt his three singles to score in the third.
Betts scored again on a Bogaerts double in the fourth.
Houston didn't need a hit with runners in scoring position, the Red Sox gave them a run without it. Two passed balls put the Astros on the board in the seventh, Carlos Gomez scored on the second passed ball.
Betts completed his 4-for-5 night with a triple in the top of the ninth -- scoring on wild pitch.
Bogaerts would leave the game after being hit by a pitch.
Houston' only RBI came from George Springer in the ninth, driving in Gomez. Gomez singled, moved to second on a walk, and tagged up on deep Jose Altuve fly ball to center.
Springer, Carlos Correa, and Gomez each had two hits to combine for the Astros' total of six hits. McHugh allowed five runs on 10 hits over four innings.
Steven Wright's knuckleball was working, he allowed an unearned run over 6 2/3 innings. Craig Kimbrel picked up the one-out save to end the game.