Bradley Ups Streak To 19, But Houston Beats Boston 7-6
BOSTON (AP) —George Springer homered off former UConn teammate Matt Barnes, doubled and drove in four runs, leading the Houston Astros over the Red Sox 7-6 Friday night and ending Boston’s five-game winning streak.
Springer’s two-run drive over the Green Monster against Barnes (2-2) broke a 5-all tie in the sixth inning.
Former Gamecock Jackie Bradley Jr. got three hits for the Red Sox and extended the longest hitting streak in the majors this season to 19 games.
Boston’s string of four straight games with at least 11 runs and 14 hits also came to an end. Boston got 11 hits, but scored just once after tagging Lance McCullers for five runs in the second.
Luke Gregerson struck out two in the ninth while picking up his eighth save.
McCullers made his first start of the year after opening the season on the disabled list because of soreness in his pitching shoulder. He pitched into the fifth before being pulled with the score 5-all.
Barnes relieved knuckleballer Steven Wright in the fifth.
Houston tied it with four runs in the fifth, two on a double by Springer.
Shaw’s homer extended Boston’s streak to 14 straight games with a home run.
Astros: C Jason Castro (paternity list) rejoined the club after being activated earlier in the day. Castro’s wife gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday.
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee ligament) had his fourth rehab start was pushed to Saturday when Triple-A Pawtucket’s game against Gwinnett was postponed because of rain.
Astros: RHP Collin McHugh (4-3, 5.50) has won his last three starts. He pitched seven innings, holding Seattle to just one run on five hits in the Astros’ 5-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday.
Red Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz (2-3, 5.90) goes for his third straight victory after losing his first three starts of the season.