MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Houston1 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7110
Boston0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 160
  W: F. Valdez (2-0)   L: M. Pérez (4-3)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, June 8, 2021
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 23,604

Hot Red Sox look for payback against Astros

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Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox

  1. The teams played a four-game series at Houston last week with the Astros taking three of four. Houston pitching limited Boston to four runs in the first three games before the Red Sox took the finale, 5-1.
  2. After winning eight of nine from May 11 through May 20, Houston has gone 7-8 despite scoring 5.07 runs per game (76 in 15 games) and posting a 3.88 ERA. The Astros have allowed 13 unearned runs in that 15-game stretch.
  3. Boston's .258 batting average ranks third in the majors, two spots behind the Astros' MLB-best .268 mark. The Red Sox have slumped to a .245 average and 4.29 runs per game in June; in May, they plated 5.38 runs per contest while hitting .261.
  4. Carlos Correa and Xander Bogaerts have 10 home runs apiece and are two of the three AL shortstops with double-digit longballs in 2021 (based on primary position for the season). The Blue Jays' Bo Bichette, with 11, is the other American League shortstop with 10-plus homers.
  5. Xander Bogaerts (69) and J.D. Martinez (67) are one of four teammate pairs to have collected at least 65 hits apiece in 2021. Only one other AL club has such a pair -- Toronto, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Marcus Semien.
  6. After posting a 5.86 ERA in 2019, Framber Valdez has worked to a 6-3 record and 3.31 ERA in 2020 and '21 combined. Martin Perez's 3.09 ERA ranks sixth among lefthanders with at least 50 innings worked in 2021, and his 0.62 homers per nine innings is third lowest among southpaws.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/8/2021 thru 6/10/2021
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Riding a five-game winning streak that dates back to their last contest against the Astros, the Boston Red Sox look to exact a measure of revenge when they welcome Houston for the start of a three-game series Tuesday night.

The Astros took three of four from the Red Sox at home from May 31 to June 3. Houston dropped the finale of the series, 5-1, and Boston has since swept the rival New York Yankees and beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 in the makeup of a May 30 rainout Monday.

The Astros were off Monday after taking two of three from the host Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend.

Houston sends left-hander Framber Valdez (1-0, 1.64 ERA) to the mound after he held Boston to one run and struck out 10 over seven innings in his second start of the season June 2. The Red Sox counter with southpaw Martin Perez (4-2, 3.09).

Perez went 7 2/3 scoreless innings against Houston on June 3 to lead Boston to its sole win in the series. He surrendered just six hits, struck out four and walked one.

"I was throwing a lot of fastballs up, two-seamers down and away, changeups. I think I threw everything tonight, and it was a fun game. I enjoyed it, and we got the win," said Perez of his strategy last time out.

Perez is 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA in his past seven starts. He is 8-4 with a 2.46 ERA in 13 career starts against the Astros.

Valdez picked up the first win of his career against the Red Sox with his brilliant performance last week. He is 1-1 with a 1.86 ERA in three games (one start) against Boston.

Valdez, who missed the start of the campaign with a broken finger, spoke postgame of his early success on the mound.

"I feel really good where I'm at right now," he said. "My body physically feels really good -- my arm, my legs. My whole body feels good. The only thing I want to do is turn up the intensity, and that comes from working hard and getting after it all the time."

The three straight losses to Houston last week matched Boston's longest skid of the season. The two teams are each narrowly in second place in their respective American League divisions.

J.D. Martinez (wrist) missed his third straight game for the Red Sox in Monday's victory. Manager Alex Cora expects the slugger to return Tuesday.

"That's the goal for him," Cora said. "He's getting treatment the whole day."

The Astros expect to activate outfielder Michael Brantley (hamstring) from the injured list Tuesday. They placed key utility man Aledmys Diaz on the injured list over the weekend with a fractured left hand that is expected to sideline him for six to eight weeks.

After this series, Houston concludes a nine-game road trip at Minnesota. Boston will continue an eight-game homestand with four against Toronto.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 8, 2021

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