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Astros Split Series With Red Sox

Charlie Morton had his 10-game winning streaked snapped Sunday night, his first loss since September 9th, 2017

June 03, 2018 - 10:42 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The Astros settled for a split of a premiere regular season series against the Red Sox at Minute Maid Park Sunday night. Both teams showcased their playoff capability in seperate halves of the four-game set. The Astros in the first two games and the Red Sox in the final two, capped by a 9-3 win for the visitors.

"It's nice to have a home off-day and we need it right now. Physically I think we're a little bit tired. I think mentally we're a little bit tired, we showed that a little bit, but we'll be fine. We're a pretty resilient group that just went through a little bit of a rough travel schedule like a lot of teams do," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said.

Through 6 innings, the Houston lineup went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They left 9 runners on-base and had just 5 hits to Boston's 15. Jose Altuve had his first three-strikeout game of the season.

On the mound, Astros starter Charlie Morton struggled to curb the big hit through his 5.1 innings pitched. He allowed two home runs, a triple, a double and nine hits in all. Charlie gave up six earned runs and was handed a loss for the first time in 14 regular season starts. 

"They did a great job of getting to the heater. They were hitting the curveball hard. It was just one of those nights where I felt like my back was against the wall," Morton said. "I wasn't locating."

Boston starter Rick Porcello largely handled the Houston lineup until the 7th inning. Aside from giving up two runs in the 7th, his one other mistake was a George Springer leadoff home run, George's fourth leadoff homer of the season. It was also the 22nd of Springer's career that has him in second place in Astros history only behind Craig Biggio.

Injury Update:

Josh Reddick began a two-game rehab assignment in Double-A Corpus Christi to start his return from a leg infection. Marwin Gonzalez was left on the bench Sunday night after exiting Saturday's game with knee soreness. Marwin is not expected to be placed on the Disabled List.