MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Houston0 1 4 0 0 0 1 2 0 8170
Boston2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 340
  W: J. Odorizzi (1-3)   L: N. Eovaldi (7-3)   S: C. Javier (1)
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 9, 2021
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 21,007

Astros look to maintain hold on Red Sox

According to STATS
According to STATS

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

The Houston Astros continue to have the Boston Red Sox's number this season.

After taking three of four from Boston in Houston last week, the Astros arrived at Fenway Park on Tuesday and crushed the Red Sox 7-1 in the opener of a three-game set. The visitors will look to keep rolling as the series resumes Wednesday night.

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (0-3, 7.16 ERA) will take the mound for Houston in his third start since returning from the injured list (right pronator strain). Boston counters with righty Nathan Eovaldi (7-2, 3.78), who has won each of his last three outings.

The Red Sox were riding a five-game winning streak before falling behind early in Tuesday's setback. The Astros scored five runs in the second inning and led 7-0 in the fourth, giving starting pitcher Framber Valdez plenty of support to dominate Boston in back-to-back performances.

Valdez, who held the Red Sox to one run on five hits over seven innings on June 2, repeated the feat over 7 1/3 innings Tuesday.

"We felt the at-bats were better than last week," Boston skipper Alex Cora said. "He was good, overall."

Red Sox starter Martin Perez wasn't as fortunate. Perez had held the Astros scoreless over 7 2/3 innings on June 3 but got tagged for six runs on six hits in just two innings this time around.

"I think it was more him than us, but we capitalized on his ineffectiveness today," Astros manager Dusty Baker said.

Houston has won three of its last four games and seven of nine. Carlos Correa homered as part of a 3-for-5 showing in the series opener, and Yuli Gurriel added three hits for the third time in his last five games.

Odorizzi lasted just three innings against Boston when he pitched opposite Perez last time out. He gave up three runs on four hits and walked three, lamenting his poor control postgame.

"I was kind of erratic with the release point and got frustrated," he said. "Just a bad command start. That's how I would sum it up. It's one thing if you have good stuff and it happens, but I wouldn't say my stuff was good at any point."

Odorizzi is 4-7 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 career starts against the Red Sox. Ten of those outings have come at Fenway, where he is 1-4 with a 6.26 ERA.

Eovaldi didn't face Houston during last week's series, instead holding the New York Yankees to two runs (one earned) on eight hits in six innings in his most recent performance. He punched out seven for the second straight outing.

Eovaldi is 1-1 with a 3.19 ERA in five career starts against his hometown Astros. This season, his 4.47 ERA at home is two full runs higher than his average on the road (2.42).

Eovaldi hasn't lost since April 24 against the Seattle Mariners.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 9, 2021

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