BOSTON – There are only a handful of teams that have been lucky this season against the Boston Red Sox rotation.
The Houston Astros continue to top the short list of those who have come out ahead.
Puerto Rican Carlos Correa and Cuban Yordan Álvarez supported the work of Dominican Framber Valdez (2-0) with home runs and the Astros overwhelmed the Red Sox 7-1 on Tuesday, breaking a 5-game winning streak.
The win was the Astros’ fourth in five games against Boston this season after winning three of four games last week in Houston. The Astros beat the Red Sox 26-10 on the overall count.
Valdez allowed one run and five hits in seven 1/3 innings, striking out eight for his second straight win over Boston. Last week, the Dominican gave only one run to the Red Sox in seven innings.
Valdez said through an interpreter that he felt great about his pitches and the adjustments he made. He pointed out that he tried every pitch of his with intensity.
Dominican Enoli Paredes made the last two outs of the eighth and Josh Taylor worked the last blank inning.
“38% of the pitches against them were effective last week,” said Boston manager Alex Cora. “I think the hitters were better than last week … but (Valdes) was very good overall.”
Boston’s starter, Venezuelan Martín Pérez (4-3), lasted only two innings in which he allowed six runs and six hits. It was his shortest performance in 12 starts and his four-game winning streak was snapped.
For the Astros, Venezuelan José Altuve 3-0. Puerto Ricans Correa 5-3, two scored, two produced, and Martín Maldonado 4-1, one scored, two RBIs. The Cubans Alvarez 3-1, one scored, two RBIs, and Yuli Gurriel 4-3, one RBI.
For the Red Sox, Rafael Devers 3-0, one scored. The Venezuelan Marwin González 4-0. Puerto Ricans Christian Vázquez 3-1 and Enrique Hernández 4-2.