Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 4-3 win
The Astros were back in action Friday night at home against the Red Sox, looking to flip the page from a disappointing end to the four-game series with the White Sox that ended in a split. Here is a recap of the first game of the weekend series with Boston:
Final Score: Astros 4, Red Sox 3
Record: 34-18, first in the AL West.
Winning pitcher: Wade Miley (5-2, 3.21 ERA).
Losing pitcher: Chris Sale (1-6, 4.19 ERA).
1) Springer back in the lineup, but exits late injured again
The Astros had one of the AL's best hitters back in the lineup on Friday night, putting George Springer back in the leadoff spot against Chris Sale after missing four games with back stiffness. It wasn't Springer who got the offense going, though, with Aledmys Diaz getting a single in the second then scoring on an error to put Houston on the board 1-0. Jake Marisnick doubled that score with a solo homer in the bottom of the third.
Houston added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, one on an RBI-groundout by Jake Marisnick, his second RBI of the night, then after an error during that same play moved Josh Reddick to third, Springer took advantage with a sac fly to make it a 4-0 lead.
Springer would exit the game later, though, after sliding in foul territory racing after a foul ball, injuring his leg. He limped to the dugout before slamming his glove down in frustration, though it's not clear how severe the injury is yet.
2) Miley on a mission
Wade Miley had a good night on the mound, especially against a potent Boston lineup. Miley was perfect through three innings and did not allow a hit until the fourth. He got into some trouble in the fifth, loading the bases with one out after a couple of singles and a walk, but answered back to leave the bases loaded and get out of the jam.
Back on the mound in the sixth, Boston was able to get on the board with a solo home run to make it a 4-1 game, but Miley would finish the inning and still finish with a great line: 6 innings pitched, 1 run, 4 hits, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts, the most in a start he's had dating all the way back to June 2017.
3) Harris, Pressly, and Osuna pull out the win
With Miley's night done after six one-run innings, Houston went to their bullpen starting with Will Harris in the seventh. Harris retired Boston in order for a 1-2-3 inning, setting up Ryan Pressly to take over in the eighth. Pressly would give up his first earned run in 39 innings and 40 appearances in the top of the eighth, a solo home run to trim the lead to 4-2. Pressly would struggle slightly after that, allowing two runners on a single and walk, but would leave them stranded as he would go on to strike out the side.
Roberto Osuna took the mound in the ninth, looking to continue his save streak. He'd do so, finishing out the win despite allowing a solo home run to get Boston within a run at 4-3.
Up Next: Game two of this series between Houston and Boston will get underway with first pitch at 6:15 PM tomorrow. The Astros will have Brad Peacock (5-2, 3.59 ERA) on the mound looking for his fourth straight win, but he'll have to do so by beating out David Price (2-2, 3.29 ERA) who will be on the mound for the Red Sox.
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