After winning over the Boston Red Sox Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday night did not go the Houston Astros way. The Red Sox were able to win 7-5 in extra innings and used that to carry them to a dominating 11-1 victory in the series finale on Thursday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Red Sox wasted no time in getting on the board with an Alex Verdugo solo homer to lead off the game. Then in the second inning, William Abreu launched a two-run shot to right center to make it 3-0 Boston before Rafael Devers laced a two-run single up the middle to extend the lead to 5-0.
Boston ran away with the game in the third inning, hanging six runs, including a hit-by-pitch and walk with the bases loaded.
Trailing 11-0 in the fifth, Alex Bregman got an RBI single to score Mauricio Dubon and put Houston on the board.
Boston added a pair in the eighth with an RBI single from Abreu to make it 12-1 before Rafael Devers got another base hit to center field, scoring Connor Wong and pushing the lead to 13-1.
In the ninth, Pablo Reyes had a sacrifice fly to score a run before Abreu continued his big game with an RBI double to make it 15-1 and add salt to the wound for the Astros. Later in the inning, Wong hit a two-run home run to right field to increase their lead even further, now at 17-1.
BIG NUMBER: 17
The Astros gave up 17 runs to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, the most runs Houston pitching has given up all season.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: William Abreu
Against his former team, Abreu had a standout day, going 4-5 with his first major league home run, two runs scored, and four RBI.
UP NEXT: Houston will travel to Detroit to battle with the Tigers at Comerica Park in a three-game series beginning on Friday.