Game over: : Astros 2, Red Sox 0: The Red Sox were shut down by left Brett Oberholtz for seven innings and then by the Astros bullpen, particularly Josh Fields, who was taken by the Astros from the Red Sox in the Rule 5 draft last December.
Fields retired the Red Sox in the ninth by striking out the side for his first save. He struck out all four batters he faced. John Lackey pitched well for Boston with 10 strikeouts over his 6-inning stint, but again was a hard-luck loser to drop to 7-9. The game was played in 3:01 before 24,543.
Bottom 8th: Astros 2, Red Sox 0 - Astros go down, await Josh Fields' save chance in 9th.
Top 8th: Astros 2, Red Sox 0 - A fragmented threat, but a threat nonetheless for the Red Sox. Getting Oberholtzer out of the game after seven was a breath of fresh air. Ellsbury drew a walk against lefty Wesley Wright, who got the next two outs before David Ortiz blooped a single to center sending Ellsbury to third. Astros manager Bo Porter summoned righty Josh Fields to the mound to face Napoli. He went 3-1 before throwing two fastball's that Napoli couldn't catch up to for the strikeout.
strong>Bottom 7th: Astros 2, Red Sox 0 - John Lackey allowed a L.J. Hoes double to right and a bunt single before exiting the game. As he walked into the dugout, lackey slammed his glove onto the bench. Junichi Tazawa came on and struck out Robbie Grossman. Brandon Barnes' sac bunt to the pitcher scored the run.
Top 7th: Astros 1, Red Sox 0 - The Red Sox threatened when Gomes hit a leadoff double and got to third on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's long fly to right on which Gomes beat the throw. It was the first Sox base runner to reach third. But Oberholtzer, who has been superb struck out Stephen Drew and Brandon Snyder to squirm out of tough spot.
Bottom 6th: Astros 1, Red Sox 0 - Lackey sets them down after a Jason Castro leadoff single. He had two K's, has 10 in all.
Top 6th: Astros 1, Red Sox 0 - The Red Sox put two baserunners on with two outs when Pedroia beat out an infield hit to third and Ortiz walked. But Napoli grounded out to shortstop unassisted.
Bottom 5th: Astros 1, Red Sox 0 - Newly acquired In the Bud Norris deal with the Orioles), L.J. Hoes singled to right after Lackey K'd Matt Dominguez. He stole second base, the fifth steal for the Astros. After a walk to Jonathan Villar, Robbie Grossman singled in the run. Lackey bore down and got two K's to end the inning without further damage.
Top 5th: Red Sox 0, Astros 0 - A two-out double for Stephen Drew against Oberholtzer before Snyder flied to center.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Astros 0 - Altuve singled and stole second base. After a walk to Jason Castro, a former Red Sox draft pick who elected Stanford, Chris Carter and Brett Wallace whiffed.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Astros 0 - Pedroia singled to right, but Ortiz and and Napoli flew out. Pedroia tried to swipe second base and was caught stealing.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Astros 0- Lackey OK. Right back out there and gets the Astros out.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Astros 0: With a runner on second and two outs, Lackey fielded a tapper back to the mound by Dominguez and made an off-balance throw for the out. But he rolled his left ankle and limped off the field.
Rubby De La Rosa is warming up now. No word yet on the extent of the injury to Lackey.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Astros 0 - John Lackey had a quick efficient inning, retiring the Astros in order.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Astros 0 - The Red Sox went down in order in the first against Brett Oberholtzer. Yes folks, get used to these Astros names. Ellsbury did send a ball deep to center to lead things off.