Recap - Sox manage to salvage one

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

Mitch Moreland (pictured) drove in Tzu-Wei Lin with a single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Red Sox to a 6-5 win over the Astros and salvage the final game of the three-game set.

Photo courtesy of USA Today
Boston had an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Xander Bogaerts in the bottom of the first inning, only to see Houston tie the game on a solo home run by Marwin Gonzalez off starting pitcher Rick Porcello in the top of the second.

J.D. Martinez put the Sox up 2-1 in the third with a sacrifice fly and then drove in three more with his 40th home run of the year in the bottom of the fifth.

The Astros tied the game in the top of the sixth with three runs charged to Porcello. Jose Altuve homered to lead off the inning. With two out and two on, Porcello was lifted in favor of Heath Hembree who served up a two-RBI double. Brian Johnson then walked a batter and allowed a run-scoring double. Ryan Brasier struck out George Springer to end the inning.

Bogaerts led Boston with four hits; Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Moreland and Eduardo Nunez each had two in the win.

Craig Kimbrel was the winner in relief, striking out two in the top of the ninth.

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