By Jessica Camerato, Boston.com correspondent
The Red Sox (55-65) will look to extend their four-game winning streak on Friday night at home against the Houston Astros (50-72). They are undefeated (8-0) against the Astros at Fenway Park.
Clay Buchholz (5-7, 5.99 ERA) will take the mound for the Red Sox. The last time he faced the Astros he pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out 12 and allowing just three hits in an 11-0 victory on July 13.
Buchholz is 1-2 over his last five games with a 7.50 ERA. After surrendering a combined 14 runs in back-to-back starts, he struck out eight and gave up three earned runs over 8.0 innings in his most recent start last weekend against the Los Angeles Angels.
Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel will make his Fenway Park debut. Keuchel (10-8, 3.07 ERA) is looking for his first win of the month. The lefty allowed six hits and five runs over 6.0 innings in his last outing. He is 2-5 since the start of July.
The Red Sox are coming off a 9-4 victory on Thursday in which they recorded 14 hits (seven in the sixth inning) against the Astros. Dustin Pedroia led the offensive attack with three hits and two RBIs. Since July 29, he has hit safely in 12 of the last 14 games.
The veteran Pedroia isn’t the only one with a hot bat. Brock Holt is currently on an eight-game hitting streak. The rookie has 12 hits in 19 at bats in four games against the Astros this season, including going 5-for-6 with two runs scored on July 13.
While the Astros try to quiet the Red Sox offense, David Ortiz is one big hit away from a milestone. He currently has 399 home runs as a member of the Red Sox. His next one will make him the 25th player in Major League Baseball history to hit 400 for one team. Ted Williams (521) and Carl Yastrzemski (452) are the only other players to do so for the Red Sox.