Houston wins their third straight

Garcia's terrific start helps lift Astros over Red Sox

Astros' Luis Garcia
Luis Garcia had a terrific start Tuesday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Luis Garcia had a terrific start Tuesday night.

After taking the first game of this series in a lopsided win, the Astros tried to make it three-straight wins on Tuesday night. They would do just that, getting an outstanding performance from Luis Garcia, backing him up with runs to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 5, Red Sox 1

Astros' Record: 30-24, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (4-3)

Losing Pitcher: Garrett Richards (4-4)

Houston grabs a lead, Garcia holds it with a quality start

Unlike the series opener, Tuesday's game was a much lower-scoring affair between Boston and Houston. The Astros jumped out in front first, getting a leadoff solo home run by Jose Altuve to start things off in the bottom of the first. Houston doubled the lead in the fourth, getting a sac fly from Chas McCormick to make it 2-0.

That lead was managed well by Luis Garcia, who tossed a terrific game, his second-straight quality start. He allowed just one hit and one walk through the first four innings but then gave up a run in the fifth on two hits to cut the lead in half at 2-1. He followed that up with two more scoreless innings, erasing a hit in each, giving him seven innings of one-run ball to keep his team in front, and leaving just two innings for Houston's bullpen. His final line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 106 P.

Houston takes game two

Houston put the lead back to two runs in the bottom of the seventh, getting two on base with a run coming across on a should-be double-play turned error, allowing the lead to grow to 3-1. They went on to load the bases, bringing in two more runs on a walk by Carlos Correa and a single by Yordan Alvarez, making it 5-1.

Brooks Raley was first out of Houston's bullpen in the top of the eighth, doing his job by sitting down the Red Sox 1-2-3. Ryne Stanek came in to finish things off in the top of the ninth and would get it done to wrap up the victory. The win moves Houston to six games above .500 and gives them a chance to secure this series if they can get their fourth-straight win on Wednesday.

Up Next: These teams will meet for another 7:10 PM Central start for game three of this four-game series on Wednesday night. Framber Valdez (0-0, 2.25 ERA) will make his second start of the year for the Astros, hoping to build upon some strengths his first time out, while Boston will send Nick Pivetta (6-0, 3.86 ERA) out to try and keep his undefeated record.

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Astros defeat the Orioles, 14-11. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.

Jake Meyers hit a three-run homer, Jose Altuve and rookie Joey Loperfido added three hits each and the Houston Astros used a nine-run sixth inning to pull away for a 14-11 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

Houston set a season-high in runs, a day after the Orioles had their highest-scoring game of the year in a 17-5 win over the Yankees.

The Astros trailed by 1 and had two on with two outs in the fifth inning when Meyers sent a pitch from Grayson Rodriguez (8-3) into the seats in left field to make it 5-3.

Houston sent 13 batters to the plate as they tacked on nine runs in the sixth to extend the lead to 14-3. The nine runs are the most by the Astros in an inning this season. They hit five doubles in the frame, including two from Loperfido.

Baltimore’s Gunnar Henderson homered twice to give him 24 this season, which ranks second in the majors behind Aaron Judge’s 27. The Orioles, who lead the majors with 123 home runs, have homered in 20 consecutive games, which is tied for the longest streak in franchise history.

Henderson’s first home run was a solo shot in the seventh. Henderson, Jorge Mateo and Anthony Santander each hit two-run homers in Baltimore’s seven-run eighth that cut the lead to 14-11.

Adley Rutschman had a career-high five hits as Baltimore lost for just the second time in six games.

Houston starter Jake Bloss allowed six hits and two runs with two strikeouts in his major league debut before leaving with right shoulder discomfort with two outs in the fourth inning.

Bloss joined the major league team despite never pitching in Triple-A with Houston’s rotation decimated by injuries. The 22-year-old Bloss, who was drafted in the third round last year, was 4-2 with a 1.74 ERA in 12 minor league starts between High-A and Double-A this season.

Shawn Dubin (1-1) permitted three hits and a run in 2 1/3 innings. Bryan Abreu pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.

Rodriguez allowed nine hits and seven runs in 5-plus innings.

There was a delay in the middle of the fourth inning when home plate umpire Scott Barry left the game after being hit in the mask with a foul tip. Second base umpire Tom Hanahan took over behind the plate.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: C Victor Caratini was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hip flexor. … Loperfido was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land to take his spot on the roster.

UP NEXT

Houston RHP Ronel Blanco (7-2, 2.43) opposes RHP Corbin Burnes (8-2, 2.14) when the series continues Saturday.

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