BOSTON – JD Martinez hit his 13th homer, Christian Arroyo scored a three-run drive and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a pair of fallen balls in a five-run sixth inning to beat the Houston Astros 12-8 on Thursday night. defeated by A three-game sweep.
Right fielder Kyle Tucker dropped Martinez’s sacrifice which tied the score at 8 for an error when the batsman reached it, and shortstop Carlos Correa slammed Rafael Devers’ base-loaded pop into short center to see off his glove. Died but got out as an infield fly was called.
“It was a tremendous change of emotions about eight times. We are cheering one moment and moaning the next,” said Astros manager Dusty Baker. “That was a weird ballgame. The whole game was very weird and it’s hard to explain. “
Yuli Guriel and Jose Altuve made home for the Astros, with Altuve providing an 8–7 advantage, finishing sixth on a pitch from Darwinjon Hernández, which was 0.85 feet above the ground. According to MLB Statcast, it was the fewest pitch hits for home runs in the major leagues since the start of 2018.
“It’s not fun to manage these games, but I understand how people love it,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
Baker did not reach the end of the 3 hour, 47 minute game. He was kicked out in the seventh for an argument after the Red Sox played a double off a ball which Yuli Gurriel hit in the dirt and maintained was a foul ball.
Darvinjon Hernández (1–2) won after Altuve allowed a homer.
Kike Hernandez doubled Blake Taylor (0-1) and advanced from the bottom half and scored Martinez’s fly to deep right, where Tucker said the wind plays with the ball as it lands.
“As it started coming down, it started rolling back to the infield and suffocating as it came down. I took it off my glove,” Tucker said.
Xander Bogarts walked, and for a moment it appeared as if Devers arrived to load base, before second base umpire John Tumpane signaled an infield fly for the second out.
Anoly Paredes relieved and loaded the bases with a walk for Hunter Renfro, then struck Vazquez at the elbow with a 0-1 curveball, forcing a move forward.
Paredes ran Arroyo on six straight fastballs, upping Boston 10-8. Brooks Raleigh relieved and Bobby Dalbeck hit a two-run double.
Astros starter Jack Greinke conceded four runs and seven hits in three innings. Brandon Bilac, who was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land on Wednesday, conceded three runs and four hits in two innings.
The wind was blowing from the east at 15 mph as the game began, but Baker said that by number six it seemed to lift – especially above the stands where it could have blown the ball around.
“Guys who never mess up fly balls, I can tell they were in trouble with the way they were moving and the way their legs were moving. Boy, was that a tough innings for us and It was a tough night,” Baker said.
ball of illusion
Baker said he was most upset because he felt the umpires were confused on the call, which led to his disapproval and that he signaled it correctly, causing confusion.
“I said some magic words and those that usually get thrown at you,” Baker said. “No one knew what to do. They didn’t know what to do. Our baserunner didn’t know what to do.”
Altuve thought he had a leadoff double in the fourth with a line drive to the left from Green Monster, but was thrown out by Alex Verdugo, who slammed the ball off the wall and tossed Arroyo in second. Arroyo had the ball before Altuve made the slide.
Red Sox: Verdugo returns after losing two games with a back stiffness. … RHP Brandon Brennan was from Triple-A Worcester, where he made eight relief appearances and restricted opponents to two runs on six hits in 8 1/3 innings with a 2.16 ERA. … RHP Philips Valdez was selected for Worcester.
Astros: RH Jose Urquidi (4-3, 3.76 ERA) made his first since conceding six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings on Saturday against Toronto. Urquidi will face Twins RHP Matt Shoemaker (2-7, 7.28) when the Astros begin the three-match series in Minnesota on Friday night.
Red Sox: RHP Garrett Richards (4-4, 3.88) will face RHP Ross Stripling (2-3, 4.71) in the first match of a four-match series against the Blue Jays on Friday night.
More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports