BOSTON – JD Martinez hit his 13th home run of the season, Christian Arroyo hit a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox capitalized on a pair of errors in a five-touch sixth inning to beat the Astros 12-8 on Thursday night. Houston and avoid the sweep in the three-game series.
Right fielder Kyle Tucker dropped Martinez’s sacrifice fly that tied the score at eight, and shortstop Carlos Correa lost the fly on bases loaded by Rafael Devers, but the out was called on an infield fly anyway.
Yuli Gurriel and José Altuve homered for the Astros. Altuve put Houston ahead 8-7 in opening the sixth inning by landing Darwinzon Hernandez’s ground throw to put him behind the wall.
The Astros manager did not finish the game in the dugout. He was sent off in the seventh inning for discussing a Red Sox double play on a Yuli Gurriel ground ball that the manager said landed on foul ground.
Darwinzon Hernández (1-2) was left with the victory despite Altuve’s home run.
Enrique Hernández opened the bottom of the inning with a double by Blake Taylor (0-1) and scored on Martinez’s deep fly ball.
After Xander Bogaerts walked and Devers’s controversial fly-over to the infield, Enoli Paredes stepped into relief and walked the bases to Hunter Renfroe, subsequently hitting Christian Vázquex with a pitch to allow another run.
Paredes brought another run to the plate by walking Arroyo and giving Boston a 10-8 lead. Brooks Railey came in in his place and conceded Bobby Dalbec’s two-touchdown double.
For the Red Sox, Puerto Ricans Christian Vázquez 4-3 with three RBIs and two runs; Enrique Hernández 4-2 with one produced and one scored. Rafael Devers 5-2 with two runs scored. The Mexican Alex Verdugo 5-0.
For the Astros, the Cubans Yordan Álvarez 3-2 with two RBIs and one scored; Yulieski Gurriel 3-1 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Venezuelan José Altuve 5-2 with one produced and one scored. Puerto Ricans Carlos Correa 3-0 with a run scored; Martín Maldonado 4-0.