The Houston Astros have had an easy time rolling past the Boston Red Sox for most of their matchups this season. On Wednesday night the Astros picked up another win beating the Red Sox 8-3. As a result of this win, the Astros have now gone 5-1 against the Red Sox this season, with 1 more game left between the two teams during the regular season.
Odorizzi for the Astros
Right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi played an outstanding game on Wednesday night. Odorizzi only allowed 3 runs and 3 hits throughout the 5 innings he pitched. Out of those three hits, Odorizzi allowed one home run, scored by Xander Bogaerts in the fourth inning of the game. During this matchup, Odorizzi had 6 strikeouts and 54 of his 77 pitches thrown were strikes. This was a big moment for Odorizzi as he grabbed his first win since 2019. Odorizzi now has a record of 1-3. As a result of his great pitching, this led to the Astros big win.
Eovaldi for the Red Sox
Nathan Eovaldi played a little bit more than 5 innings during this matchup. Eovaldi who had a 3-game winning streak before it was snapped, now has a record of 7-3. Giving up 5 runs and 11 hits, this was a season-high for the right-handed pitcher. Despite losing this game, Eovaldi managed to strike out 5 batters. Out of the 30 batters he faced, he threw 19 first-pitch strikes. By the end of the matchup, Eovaldi had thrown 21 called strikes, 9 swinging strikes, 22 foul balls, and 21 in-play strikes for the Astros batters.
Although the Astros won this game, they had a slow start. In the first inning, Bogaerts hit a sacrifice fly that sent Danny Santana home to score for the Red Sox. Also in the first inning, Hunter Renfroe singled to right field, sending Rafael Devers home to score the second run for the Red Sox. The Astros came up short in the first inning scoring 0 runs. In the second inning, Myles straw hit a ground double to right field, which allowed Kyle Tucker to score the Astros 1st run of the game. The Red Sox scored 0 runs in the second inning.
Next, in the third inning, Jose Altuve hit a home run to left field to pick up the 2nd run for the Astros. It did not stop there though, as Yordan Alvarez hit a double to right field, picking up an RBI as his hit sent Carlos Correa home. Following that, Yuli Gurriel hit a ground-rule double to left field, sending Alvarez home to score. Michael Brantley also singled to the right-center in the third inning, sending Gurriel home to pick up the Astros 5th run of the game. Again, in the third inning, the Red Sox came up short scoring 0 runs.
Top of the fourth inning, the Astros were quiet scoring 0 runs. With high energy at Fenway Park, Bogaerts hit a home run for the Red Sox in the fourth inning. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they were unable to score the rest of the game. Up until the 7th inning, the Astros remained quiet when it came to scoring runs. Straw hit a sacrifice fly to right in the 7th inning for the Astros that led to Brantley scoring. In the 8th inning, Alex Bregman hit a home run to left field for him and Correa to score the final runs for the Astros.
The season finale for these two teams will take place on Thursday, June 6 at 7:10 pm. Zack Greinke will be the starting pitcher for the Astros and Eduardo Rodriguez will start for the Red Sox.