Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (68-45)
Pitching: RHP Steven Wright (2-0, 3.65).
Pitching: RHP Jordan Lyles (4-5, 4.91).
Game time: 8:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Lyles: Drew 1-5, Ellsbury 1-3, Holt 3-3, Pedroia 0-1, Victorino 0-3.
Astros vs. Wright: No history.
Stat of the Day: The Sox are 10-3 against Houston, 4-3 at Minute Maid Park.
Notes: Wright, a 28-year-old knuckleballer, is making his first major league start. In three relief appearances he has allowed five runs on 11 hits over 12.1 innings. Houston leads the majors with 1,046 strikeouts, an average of 9.4 a game. Facing a knuckleballer, the free-swinging Astros could pile up the whiffs. … Lyles, although only 22, will be making his 58th career start. He is 11-25, 5.12 in his career. He faced the Sox on July 3, 2011 at Houston and pitched fairly well: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 4 K. … Drew has hit safely in eight of 10 games at 16 of 40 (.400). … Pedroia is 9 of his last 30 with eight RBIs after a lengthy slump following the All-Star break. … The Sox have won seven of 10 and five of seven.
Song of the Day: “Knuckles” by The Hold Steady.