David Price Leaves Start After Recording Just Two Outs, Astros Walk It Off For Second Straight 4-3 Win
The Red Sox dropped another one to the Houston Astros on Saturday night, this time by a score of 4-3, as Carlos Correa's walk-off base hit off Matt Barnes in the ninth inning capped off another tight match.
Houston's win was their second straight in the current series, both 4-3 victories; the Astros will go for the sweep with Justin Verlander on the bump this afternoon at 2:10 pm ET.
Barnes faced just four hitters and didn't record an out (double, walk, walk, single), getting handed his first loss of the season (now 2-1). Of his 18 pitches, seven were strikes.
David Price began last night's game for the Red Sox, and left after throwing 15 pitches and recording two outs. The reason? Flu-like symptoms.
Colten Brewer and Travis Lakins recorded seven outs apiece following Price's departure. The fourth man up was Heath Hembree, who came on in a first-and-third situation with one out in the sixth, allowing one to score while getting the final two outs of the inning.
Hector Velazquez pitched the seventh and eighth innings, allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out two.
Boston got a run in the seventh to cut Houston's lead to 2-1, and evened things up 3-3 in the ninth against noted horrible person and Astros closer Roberto Osuna on five pitches. The first three reached on three pitches (Devers single, Chavis single, Bradley HBP), before Christian Vazquez's two-run, RBI single down the left field line tied the game.
Unfortunately for the Sox, they couldn't push ahead that go-ahead run from third base with no outs. Had they done so, who knows how the bottom-half of the inning played out.
With the loss, the Red Sox dropped to 27-25, and 5-6 in their last 11 games.
Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 5.43 ERA) gets the start for Boston today opposing Verlander.