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Lineups and Game Notes: Fresh Off Game-Winning Hit, Carp Gets First Start Since May

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Pinch-hitting for David Ross, Mike Carp delivered the game-winning hit for the Red Sox on Thursday; he'll get the start at first base for the Sox on Friday in Houston. Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports

The Red Sox used two straight walk-off wins to gain a split in their four-game series with the White Sox; now they hit the road for three games with the Astros before the All-Star break. With Mike Napoli getting the day off, Mike Carp will make his first start for the Red Sox since May 31; here are the rest of the lineups for tonight’s game in Houston:

RED SOX (41-51)
1. Brock Holt (RF)
2. Dustin Pedroia (2B)
3. David Ortiz (DH)
4. Mike Carp (1B)
5. Daniel Nava (LF)
6. Jackie Bradley Jr. (CF)
7. Xander Bogaerts (3B)
8. Stephen Drew (SS)
9. Christian Vazquez (C)
SP: John Lackey (RHP) (9-6, 3.84 ERA)

ASTROS (39-54)
1. Jose Altuve (2B)
2. Jason Castro (C)
3. Matt Dominguez (3B)
4. Jon Singleton (1B)
5. Chris Carter (DH)
6. Robbie Grossman (CF)
7. Enrique Hernandez (LF)
8. Marwin Gonzalez (SS)
9. L.J. Hoes (RF)
SP: Scott Feldman (RHP) (4-5, 3.86 ERA)

Game time: 8:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, 93.7 WEEI

Notes: Boston opens its 7-game season series against the 2nd-year AL-rival Astros tonight with the 1st of a 3-game set in Houston...Boston hosts the Astros for 4 games from 8/14-17, closing out the series…The Red Sox were 2-1 at Minute Maid Park last year and are 6-3 here all-time, winning 5 of their last 6…Including Interleague action, Boston has won 13 of 16 all-time matchups against the Astros for a .813 win pct...That is Boston’s 2nd-best record against any team behind their 7-1 mark vs. CIN (.875)...Boston went 6-1 against the Astros in 2013, outscoring them 50-27 and scoring at least 6 runs in all 6 wins…The Sox have taken 9 of the last 10 matchups between these 2 clubs beginning in 2011...During those games, Boston averaged 6.9 runs scored per game while hitting .313 AVG/.408 OBP/.514 SLG.

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