MLB Baseball

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Boston0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 152
Houston1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 x 581
  W: L. Garcia (4-3)   L: G. Richards (4-4)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, June 1, 2021
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas  Attendance: 23,449

Astros look to take down Red Sox again

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Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros

  1. The Red Sox and Astros last met in May 2019. Across the 2018 and 2019 seasons, including playoffs, the teams have each won nine of the 18 contests between them. Houston was 8-5 in regular-season games, but Boston won four of the five games in the 2018 ALCS.
  2. Boston won both games against Miami in Boston before having the third game in the series postponed. The Red Sox are 21-10 in games following a win this season, tied with the Dodgers for second best in MLB (Rays, 24-9)
  3. Houston prevented a sweep by defeating the Padres, 7-4, on Sunday. The Astros are 2-6 in the opening game of series started in the month of May, having lost the last four series openers by a combined score of 32-15.
  4. J.D. Martinez recorded multiple hits in both games against Miami, raising his batting average this season to .328. Martinez has 20 multi-hit games this season, tied for second most in the major leagues (Nick Castellanos, Cin, 22).
  5. Kyle Tucker hit his team-leading 11th home run on Sunday. Seven of Tucker's home runs have come at home this season, and in 2021, his .902 OPS at home is 312 points higher than his .590 OPS on the road.
  6. Eduardo Rodriguez has taken the loss in three consecutive outings, after losing at the Phillies on May 23. Jose Urquidy had a three-game win streak snapped on May 12 against the Angels when he left the game in the fourth inning (3.2 IP, 0 runs allowed; Astros won 9-1), landing him on the IL until now.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/31/2021 thru 6/3/2021

The Houston Astros entered the closing stretch of a difficult nine-game homestand on Monday and earned a runaway victory over the Boston Red Sox. They're hoping the win provides some propulsion.

The Astros remain without three lineup mainstays in Michael Brantley (hamstring), Yuli Gurriel (finger) and Yordan Alvarez (wrist), and their beleaguered bullpen played a critical role in the series loss to the San Diego Padres over the weekend. But three starting pitchers have returned to the rotation in four days, and Jose Altuve homered to spark an 11-2 victory over Boston on Monday.

Optimal health remains just out of reach, though Houston does seem to be inching closer.

"We needed a game like this," Altuve said. "It's always good to score a lot of runs and win the game. This is why we're here. I think we're playing good, but we need to play even better. I like where we're at."

Rookie right-hander Luis Garcia (3-3, 2.93 ERA) will start for the Astros on Tuesday. He is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA and .175 opponent batting average over his previous three starts, including a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, when he posted career highs in innings (six) and pitches (100). Garcia will face the Red Sox for the first time in his career.

Right-hander Garrett Richards (4-3, 3.83) has Tuesday's starting assignment for Boston.

Richards suffered his first loss after four straight wins in his previous outing after allowing three runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings against the Atlanta Braves on May 25. He was 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings in his previous five starts, with Boston winning four of those games.

Richards, who has worked at least five innings in six consecutive starts, is 5-5 with a 3.02 ERA over 16 career games (13 starts) against Houston.

Boston starters entered the series having thrown at least five innings in 29 of 31 games. One of the two outings where a Red Sox starter failed to last five innings came against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 23, when left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez lasted four innings in a 6-2 setback.

Rodriquez again failed to record at least 15 outs Monday. He allowed a season-high six runs on seven hits plus two walks while logging just 4 2/3 innings in suffering his fourth consecutive loss.

Rotation stability has helped fuel Boston through an exceptional first two months of this season. But with Rodriguez 0-4 with an 8.69 ERA over his last four starts, the Red Sox are searching for ways to get him back on track and in sync with the remainder of a rotation that is pitching well.

"I told him that if he throws the ball the way he threw it (Monday) with one more adjustment, he's in a good place," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of his conversation with Rodriguez when he replaced him in the fifth inning. "I do believe if he throws the ball the way he threw it (Monday), good things are going to happen."

Rodriguez was pleased with the results from his fastball, and Cora felt the same and was impressed by the cutter as well. But both acknowledged the changeup remains a concern.

"I've got to go out there, keep working, keep grinding and hope the next start goes good," Rodriguez said.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 1, 2021

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