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Lineup Lifts Astros Over Red Sox To Extend Win Streak

Carlos Correa has homered six times in his last eleven games at home.

June 01, 2018 - 10:47 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - A surge from the Astros lineup cemented their fifth win in a row at Minute Maid Park. They scored two in the first inning, two more in the third, and three in the eighth through a twelve hit game. The pitching staff would hold the line despite some traffic on the bases and the Astros beat the Red Sox by a final score of 7-3.

"To get the first run the way we did... It's important. There's an aggressive style that we can play with that's heads-up and creates a little bit of pressure on the opponent. It's good to see. We've seen it a lot in the last couple weeks and that's a factor in bringing energy to the ballpark everyday," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said.

Carlos Correa hit a home run for the second night in a row and his tenth on the season. While Thursday night's bomb was for an early lead in the first inning, Friday's was an important start to a rally for insurance runs in the eighth inning. Carlos has also not made an error in 66 consecutive games which continues to grow the franchise record he owns. 

"Correa swinging the bat pretty well these first couple games against these guys. Good players against good players. We're going to win some, they're going to win some," Hinch said.

Correa has homered six times in his last eleven games at Minute Maid Park. Evan Gattis also went yard in eighth inning for his eighth home run on the season. Gattis four homers and nine runs batted in in his last five games.

On the mound, Gerrit Cole worked through 7 innings allowing 3 earned runs on 5 hits and striking out 7. Two of those runs came off back-to-back solo homers in the fourth inning from Mitch Moreland and J.D. Martinez. Cole was able to minimize damage in the second inning after a two-out double scored a run.

"Poor fastball to Moreland that he was able to handle and take it to dead center," Gerrit said. "J.D., he's on my two-seam there at 96, and then switch it to a four-seam and try to add height and velocity, and he gets on top of it and deposits it. You know, that's kind of a 'tip your cap'."

Out of the bullpen, Chris Devenski got himself in and out of trouble in the eighth inning. At the time, the tying and winning run would be aboard thanks to a single by Xander Bogaerts and an intentional walk to Martinez. Devenski would get Rafael Devers to fly out on a ball hit sharply to center to end the frame.

Injury Update:

Astros outfielder Josh Reddick was able to again take batting practice prior to the game. He was diagnosed with a staph infection on his leg and underwent treatment to remove the infection. Reddick still remains on the 10-day Disabled List with an uncertain timetable for his return.