Fresh off a much needed sweep of division rival Texas Rangers, the jubilant Houston Astros returned to the field to face off against the Boston Red Sox and the much-beleaguered John Lackey. The Astros turned to Scott Feldman to keep the streak going.
With George Springer being a late scratch due to knee discomfort, the lineup was immediately weakened, but the Astros are a gritty breed.
It was all Sox early on though, as they got out to a 3-0 lead by the top of the 4th.
The Astros didn’t even notch a hit until the bottom of the fourth, but it was a big hit. After two outs went to the wayside, Enrique Hernandez came through in his typically clutch fashion and drove in Jon Singleton, who got on via the walk, as did Robbie Grossman.
The Sox would jump all over Feldman again though, as he had surpassed his season high pitch count.
It only got worse when Darin Downs took over, and suddenly it was 8-1.
Chris Carter continued his terror that is this month, as he launched a solo home run that while monstrous, fell shy of answering the five runs that the Sox put up the half inning before.
Carter was a one man partial-wrecking crew, as he crushed another in the 8th. I’m still not sure where it hit, but it disappeared fast and ended up back on the field. It was his 19th home run, which ties him with Springer for the team lead. It was also his second multi-home run game in his last three outings. Quite impressive.
But again, he was unable to hit that seven-run home run, and it was still a margin that the Astros would fall to.
Game MVP: Chris Carter
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