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Boston Red Sox Defeat Houston In Thriller, Tie For First

Boston Red Sox Defeat Houston In Thriller On The Back On Xander Bogaerts

In game three of the series the Boston Red Sox defeated the Houston Astro’s 6-5. Sunday nights win means the Red Sox secured the series win against a good team, but it also was an entertaining affair.

The Red Sox had David Price on the mound who was hit hard, but was able to pitch 5 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 8 hits allowed. Price attempted to pitch the sixth inning, but gave up a monster homerun only three pitches into the inning and was yanked.

In relief John Farrell used Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, Robby Scott, and Craig Kimbrel.

It wasn’t the usual lockdown bullpen though with Hembree giving up a home run in his inning of work and then in the 8th Matt Barnes almost pitched away the lead. Barnes pitched 1/3 of an inning and walked 2 batters and was then pulled to lead way for Scott. Barnes was credited one earned run.

Scott walked a batter of his own and gave up a hit to add to the tensions in the 8th before getting the Red Sox out of it with a one-run lead. Kimbrel came in to close the game and after striking out the lead-off man he allowed Derek Fisher to single up the middle. Kimbrel got the next batter to fly out to Andrew Benintendi with a watchful eye on Fisher who was attempting to move over to second the entire time.

With two-outs in the inning Fisher tried to take second and almost did if it wasn’t for a spectacular thrown by Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez.

The Red Sox offense recorded 8 hits as a whole, but the real offensive hero was short-stop Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with 4 of the Red Sox RBI’s. Bogaerts had a solo home run in the first inning and then to follow it up he had a two-run home-run in the 6th inning.

Sunday’s win was Bogaerts first career multi-home-run game. It wasn’t all good for the Red Sox offense though. Second basemen Dustin Pedroia took a fastball square in the back and showed some anger about getting hit only to leave the game and go to a local hospital for x-rays.

Pedroia was cleared to travel and is with the team in Kansas City for their mid-week set with the Royals.

Game 1 of the series takes place on Monday at 8:15pm in Kansas City with Hector Velazquez on the mound against Jason Hammel.

Boston Red Sox Defeat Houston In Thriller, Tie For First
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