Astros hitters pounded Red Sox pitching today, while Astro starter Jose Urquidy pounded the strike zone with missiles that a very good Red Sox offense could not touch.
The Astros offense went quietly in the first inning but struck for two runs in the second. It started with consecutive singles by Carlos Correa, Kyle Tucker, and Aledmys Diaz to load the bases. Runs scored on a Taylor Jones sac fly and a Myles Straw double play, with the run scoring before the completion of the tag out to finish the DP.
The Astros added two more runs in the third when Martin Maldonado led off with a single and Jose Altuve poked a just-barely Crawford Box homer about as shallow to left as you can get and still have a home run...anywhere in the MLB.
Hey, it counts. Jose got the barrel on the ball and pointed it just where it needed to go.
The Astros got another pair in the fifth on a two-run single by Kyle Tucker with two outs.
The Astros piled on mercilessly in the sixth inning with five more runs, all scored with two outs. The big blows were an Alex Bregman RBI single, a Correa two-RBI double, and a Tucker two-RBI single.
Meanwhile, Jose Urquidy was throwing bullets and getting Red Sox bats to swing and miss for six innings in his first start since an injury layoff. Urquidy gave up only one run on three hits, one walk, and nine K’s.
Sixty-one of his 87 pitches were strikes, and of the 22 batters he faced, 16 received strikes on their first pitch. He had fifteen swinging strikes.
The only run scored against Urquidy was on an RBI double by Alex Verdugo as Urquidy began to tire in the sixth.
The Sox scored their second run on a Hunter Renfroe homer in the eighth against Nivaldo Rodriguez, who finished the game with a scoreless ninth inning.
After a brief demotion to AAA, Enoli Paredes looked impressive in the seventh inning striking out the side.
This was the fifth game in a row wherein Astros starting pitching allowed only one run.
Kyle Tucker was 3 - 5 today with four rbi’s; Carlos Correa was 2 - 3 with two walks, two runs, and an RBI, and Jose Altuve was 2 - 3 with a walk, two rbi’s, and three runs scored. Every starter had at least one hit. As a team, the Astros were 6 -9 with runners in scoring position.
Tomorrow Luis Garcia hits the mound for the Astros against Garret Richards.
Game time 7:10 CDT
Box score and videos HERE.