Paulino sharp in Astros win
(c) Associated Press
Astros rookie David Paulino turned in the best start of his young career in a 7-1 win over the Red Sox Saturday night. Jose Altuve and Carlos Beltran provided the fireworks on offense, helping the Astros even the 3-game series at Minute Maid Park at one game apiece.
Houston jumped on Rick Porcello early, coming up with three straight hits to start the game. Altuve's double knocked in the first run before a walk to Correa and a couple of sacrifice flies made it 3-0.
The Astros hung another 3-spot on the former Cy Young Award winner in the third. Altuve led off with a homer onto the train tracks and Beltran added a 2-run shot into the rightfield bleachers to give the 'Stros a comfortable 6-run advantage.
Meanwhile, Paulino was dealing. Dustin Pedroia allegedly broke up the no-hitter with a single leading off the fourth, but the Fox Network had lost the signal, so I'm still not sure that ever happened. The Sox finally produced a legitimate hit in the fifth when Chris Young led off with a homer to left. But holding Chris Young to only one solo home run at Minute Maid Park has to be considered an accomplishment. The native Houstonian came into the game with a career .712 slugging percentage at The Juice Box.
Paulino would end up allowing only three hits and one walk in six outstanding innings of work. The 23-year old Dominican-born righty fanned four en route to his first big league win.
Chris Devenski, Luke Gregerson, and Dayan Diaz followed Paulino to the mound, tossing one perfect inning each to close out the lopsided affair. George Springer joined Altuve and Beltran with two hits as the Astros improved to 46-23 for the year.
Joe Musgrove takes the ball for Houston in Sunday's 7:05 CDT series final. David Price gets the start for Boston in a game that will be televised by ESPN.
- Greg Thurston