Big night for Betts
(c) Associated Press
Mike Fiers turned in a solid pitching performance for the Astros Friday night but a lack of offensive support cost the right-hander in his bid for a fourth straight win. Fiers allowed only one run on five hits in seven innings of a 2-1 loss to the Red Sox.
The only run Fiers allowed was in the third inning after he appeared to strike out Dustin Pedroia, but didn't get the call from home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn. Pedroia would deliver a hit-and-run single later in the at-bat, setting up Mitch Moreland's 2-out RBI hit.
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz kept the Astros off the scoreboard through the first six innings, thanks to a couple of double-play grounders and an outfield assist from Mookie Betts that cut down George Springer at the plate.
The Astros finally got in the run column in the seventh when Brian McCann connected on his tenth home run of the season, tying the game and sending Pomeranz to the showers.
Will Harris replaced Fiers on the mound in the eighth. But the Astros' most dependable reliever left a first-pitch fastball in the middle of the plate and Betts promptly deposited it into the leftfield seats. The first run allowed by Harris in seven appearances ultimately turned out to be the difference. Harris dropped to 2-2 for the season and Joe Kelly moved to 3-0. Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for the Sox to earn his 19th save in 20 opportunities.
Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa stayed hot at the plate, delivering two hits apiece in a losing effort.
The two teams are back at it again at 7:15 CDT Saturday when Astros rookie David Paulino squares off against reigning Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello.
- Greg Thurston