Correa's big hits help Astros outslug Boston
BOSTON -- Carlos Correa had a memorable Fenway Park debut, belting three hits, including an RBI single that put the Astros ahead for good in a 12-8 victory over the Red Sox in 10 innings on Friday night.
It was Correa's solo shot over the Green Monster against Craig Breslow in the eighth that gave Houston an 8-7 lead. But David Ortiz answered with a double that took a funny bounce off the Monster in the bottom of the eighth, scoring Xander Bogaerts from first.
"We're witnessing a good player," Astros manager A.J. HInch said. "This kid is uniquely gifted. He rises to the moment. He loves playing. And he's playing with a real calm heartbeat. We've seen it since Day 1. His debut in Chicago he had a calm heartbeat, so he's just really talented player who's adjusted quickly to the big leagues and certainly a big player for us."
Righty reliever Noe Ramirez, making his Major League debut, hit Houston's Jose Altuve to open the 10th. Preston Tucker hit a ground ball through Mike Napoli's legs to set up Correa's hard smash into left for the go-ahead hit. The Astros tacked on another three runs from there, as the game got away from the Red Sox.
Making his second start back from the disabled list, Justin Masterson fell apart in the fourth inning, getting tagged for five runs as Houston took a 5-2 lead. There would be several swings in momentum from there, as starter Dan Straily couldn't protect the lead in his 2015 debut.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Correa to the rescue: The rookie shortstop broke a 7-7 tie with a mammoth solo homer off Breslow to start the eighth inning that sailed high over the Green Monster in left-center, and then snapped an 8-8 tie in the 10th with an RBI single off Ramirez to score Altuve from second base.
"It was a good one. I got it pretty good," Correa said of his homer. "I figured it was a long inning. He was going to try to come strike one down the middle. I know we have a pretty good bullpen and I knew a new guy was coming in so I just jumped at it. I was aggressive, I was able to put a good swing on it and be able to hit it out of the ballpark." More >
Betts overaggressive on bases: Mookie Betts is the fastest player on the Red Sox, but manager John Farrell had no interest in him trying to steal third in the eighth with the hot-hitting Xander Bogaerts coming to the plate. Betts got thrown out and the Red Sox wound up tying the game later that inning but never took the lead.
"Overaggressive. Ill-advised," said Farrell. "We sacrificed him to get into scoring position because Pat Neshek is under 1.15 seconds in his unloading times. Overaggressive decision on his part to attempt the steal." More >
Harris steps up: Reliable reliever Will Harris came up huge for the Astros in the seventh. He came into the game with the bases loaded and no outs, trying to limit the damage with the Astros leading, 7-6. He struck out Napoli before Alejandro De Aza plated the tying run on a fielder's choice grounder corralled behind second base by Correa. He got Ryan Hanigan to ground out to end the inning for his eighth scoreless outing in his last nine games.
"It could have got ugly that inning," Hinch said. "Harris did a good job of controlling damage." More >
Bad inning sinks Masterson: Masterson imploded in the fourth inning, turning a 2-0 lead into a 5-2 deficit.
"The first three innings, it was real good," Masterson said. "In that fourth, we were trying to drive some fastballs in. Now it would look like maybe we should have mixed in some sliders, but also had I put the fastball where I was supposed to, there wouldn't have been any issues and we would've been able to sneak out of that inning and progress pretty good. Unfortunately, there was enough damage done that Tommy Layne had to come in and clean stuff up for me.
"The team's playing well on both ends. Obviously, the pitching got away from us a little bit tonight, but guys are hitting, I think guys are pitching really well. That's the keys to success in baseball,"
-- Astros closer Luke Gregerson
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
The Astros had 10 players score runs in a game for the second time this season. No other AL team has had as many as 10 players score in a game his season.
Domingo Santana stole home plate on the back end of a double steal in the 10th inning, becoming the first Astros rookie to steal home since Jonathan Villar's straight steal on July 30, 2013, at Baltimore. More >
TAPE-MEASURE SHOT BY HANLEY
Ramirez opened the scoring in this one with a titanic, two-run homer in the second that traveled 445 feet and 109 mph, according to Statcast™.
CARTER GETS FOURTH OUT
Astros first baseman Chris Carter took a throw from third baseman Luis Valbuena to record the out on Hanigan to end the bottom of the seventh. But as De Aza ran from first to third on the play, Carter fired across the diamond to third in time for the fourth out of the inning. De Aza also seemed unaware there had already been a third out, as he looked perturbed that he was called out on the play by third-base umpire Laz Diaz. More >
ORTIZ BREAKS UP DP WITH HELMET
When Ramirez hit a grounder to third in the bottom of the fifth, it appeared a rally-killing double play was about to ensue. Instead, second baseman Jose Altuve's throw hit the top of Ortiz's helmet and bounced wildly for an error, allowing a run to score on the play. Ortiz was out at second on the force, but everybody else was safe. More >
Astros: Collin McHugh will get the start for the Astros when they meet the Red Sox at 12:35 p.m. CT on Saturday at Fenway Park. The right-hander has won his last three starts, posting a 2.45 ERA in that span. Since Aug. 1 of last year, he leads the Majors with 16 wins (16-3).
Red Sox: Right-hander Clay Buchholz, who has been on a roll of late, takes the ball for Saturday's 1:35 ET contest. Buchholz dazzled against the Astros last season, yielding just two runs over 16 innings.
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