Betts homers in 8th inning, sends Red Sox past Astros 2-1

HOUSTON (AP) Mookie Betts showed off his defense and offense Friday night.

Betts nailed George Springer at the plate to end the sixth before giving the Red Sox the lead for good two innings later.

Betts hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, sending the Boston Red Sox over the Houston Astros 2-1.

''Home run came at a big time, but I think more fun, probably the throw,'' Betts said. ''You don't get those opportunities very much. For me to be successful that time, is definitely something I take pride in.''

Betts hit his team-leading 12th homer, and third in three games. He led off with a drive into the Crawford Boxes in left field, connecting against Will Harris (2-2).

''He cuts down a run to finish the sixth, then the first pitch thrown in eighth, he gives us the lead,'' Boston manager John Farrell said. ''Just in a small snapshot, there's Mookie's skill set on both sides of the ball. He's a dynamic player. Those throws aren't just by coincidence. The work he puts in, he throws a strike from right field at a key point in the game right there.''

Houston manager A.J. Hinch said it was an aggressive send to wave Springer, who was easily tagged out at home in the sixth.

''Getting thrown out like that at that distance you're betting on a mistake,'' Hinch said. ''It was a one-hopper bullet hit right at Betts. Betts makes a nice throw and they make the play.''

Brian McCann tied it for Houston in the seventh, homering into the upper deck in right field off Drew Pomeranz.

Joe Kelly (3-0) got two outs for the win. He retired Norichika Aoki on a liner to third with runners on second and third to end the seventh.

Craig Kimbrel threw a perfect ninth for his 19th save.

Mitch Moreland gave Boston a 1-0 lead with a single in the third that drove in Betts.

Pomeranz allowed four hits and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings. He rebounded nicely after allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last start.

''I think my fastball location was a little better,'' Pomeranz said. ''The breaking stuff was a little sharper, and I was a little more accurate with it. I think that goes a long way when I can place those where I want.''

Mike Fiers allowed one run on five hits with four strikeouts in seven innings. He set down his final 10 batters.

''I was locked in all game; I felt really good. Just another game of getting ahead in the count and being the aggressor," Fiers said. ''Not letting these guys get in too many hitters' counts and putting them away as early as you can and not try to go deep into the at-bat.''

The right-hander continued his string of good outings, allowing two runs or less in each of his last four starts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Hanley Ramirez was out of the lineup Friday with a muscle spasm in his neck. . Moreland is playing through a fractured big toe on his left foot. . RHP Carson Smith (Tommy John) will not make his scheduled rehab start Sunday due shoulder inflammation, Farrell said.

Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (right lat strain) and RHP Collin McHugh (right elbow) each threw bullpen sessions. ... LHP Dallas Keuchel (neck discomfort) and RHP Lance McCullers (lower back discomfort) could begin playing catch soon, Hinch said. Hinch said he hopes to have them start a throwing program as early as this weekend. . OF Josh Reddick (concussion) resumed baseball activities Friday, Hinch said.

HE SAID IT

''We knew coming in here this is going to be a strong test, a strong challenge. To pitch like we did tonight in their home ballpark, that was encouraging.'' - Farrell on facing the Astros, who have the best record in the Majors.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (3-8) makes his 15th start of the season Saturday looking to break a three-game losing streak and rebound after giving up 11 runs over his last two starts.

Astros: RHP David Paulino (0-0) will make his fourth start this season Saturday looking to bounce back after being tagged for five runs in four innings in his last outing.

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AstrosHOU45-23
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  • W: J. Kelly (3-0)L: W. Harris (2-2)S: C. Kimbrel (19)
  • HR: BOS - M. Betts (12), HOU - B. McCann (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF32111100.280.361.506.8668.0
D. Pedroia 2B40200000.300.368.382.7494.0
X. Bogaerts SS40000023.315.366.442.809-1.0
M. Moreland 1B40110011.284.377.486.8641.5
A. Benintendi LF30000100.274.342.426.7681.0
C. Young DH40100003.261.336.370.7063.0
J. Bradley CF40100011.254.350.462.8122.5
J. Rutledge 3B40100012.247.323.292.6150.5
C. Vazquez C30000011.316.347.421.768-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF20000220.275.350.534.8841.0
    J. Altuve 2B30200101.324.394.516.9106.0
    C. Correa SS30200101.305.380.519.8993.0
    E. Gattis DH40000023.264.331.405.737-1.0
    B. McCann C41111010.269.357.494.8515.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40100000.273.304.431.7352.0
    A. Bregman 3B30000001.244.319.394.7120.0
    a- C. Beltran PH10000000.233.283.404.6870.0
    D. Fisher LF20000110.400.6251.0001.6252.5
    J. Marisnick CF20000000.256.337.511.8480.0
    b- N. Aoki RF10000002.277.323.340.6630.0
    • a-popped out for Bregman in the 9th
    • b-lined out for Marisnick in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 3B - J. Bradley (2)
    • HR - M. Betts (12)
    • RBI - M. Betts (38), M. Moreland (37)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Moreland (11)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Altuve (18), Y. Gurriel (13)
    • HR - B. McCann (10)
    • RBI - B. McCann (34)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Pedroia (2), C. Young (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Altuve (12), D. Fisher
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Betts (3)
    • DP - D. Pomeranz, M. Moreland, D. Pedroia, X. Bogaerts
    FIELDING
    • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, M. Fiers
    • E - B. McCann (4)
    PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Pomeranz 6.1413414.191.3915.0
    J. Kelly (W, 3-0)0.2101001.241.145.0
    M. Barnes 1.0101103.161.211.5
    C. Kimbrel (S, 19)1.0000100.880.4210.5
    PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fiers 7.0512404.131.3618.0
    W. Harris (L, 2-2)1.0110112.280.87-3.5
    M. Feliz 1.0100103.601.172.5
    PITCHING
    • IBB - J. Kelly
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 97-60, J. Kelly 23-13, M. Barnes 17-8, C. Kimbrel 16-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 5-7, J. Kelly 1-1, M. Barnes 1-0, C. Kimbrel 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 23, J. Kelly 4, M. Barnes 4, C. Kimbrel 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Fiers (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 97-67, W. Harris 11-7, M. Feliz 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 13-3, M. Feliz 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 27, W. Harris 4, M. Feliz 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF32111100.280.361.506.8668.0
    D. Pedroia 2B40200000.300.368.382.7494.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40000023.315.366.442.809-1.0
    M. Moreland 1B40110011.284.377.486.8641.5
    A. Benintendi LF30000100.274.342.426.7681.0
    C. Young DH40100003.261.336.370.7063.0
    J. Bradley CF40100011.254.350.462.8122.5
    J. Rutledge 3B40100012.247.323.292.6150.5
    C. Vazquez C30000011.316.347.421.768-0.5
    Total3327212611-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF20000220.275.350.534.8841.0
      J. Altuve 2B30200101.324.394.516.9106.0
      C. Correa SS30200101.305.380.519.8993.0
      E. Gattis DH40000023.264.331.405.737-1.0
      B. McCann C41111010.269.357.494.8515.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B40100000.273.304.431.7352.0
      A. Bregman 3B30000001.244.319.394.7120.0
      a- C. Beltran PH10000000.233.283.404.6870.0
      D. Fisher LF20000110.400.6251.0001.6252.5
      J. Marisnick CF20000000.256.337.511.8480.0
      b- N. Aoki RF10000002.277.323.340.6630.0
      Total291611568-----
      • a-popped out for Bregman in the 9th
      • b-lined out for Marisnick in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 3B - J. Bradley (2)
      • HR - M. Betts (12)
      • RBI - M. Betts (38), M. Moreland (37)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moreland (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (18), Y. Gurriel (13)
      • HR - B. McCann (10)
      • RBI - B. McCann (34)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Pedroia (2), C. Young (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve (12), D. Fisher
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Betts (3)
      • DP - D. Pomeranz, M. Moreland, D. Pedroia, X. Bogaerts
      FIELDING
      • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, M. Fiers
      • E - B. McCann (4)
      PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz 6.1413414.191.3915.0
      J. Kelly (W, 3-0)0.2101001.241.145.0
      M. Barnes 1.0101103.161.211.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 19)1.0000100.880.4210.5
      Total9.061561---
      PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers 7.0512404.131.3618.0
      W. Harris (L, 2-2)1.0110112.280.87-3.5
      M. Feliz 1.0100103.601.172.5
      Total9.072261---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers 7.0
      W. Harris (L, 2-2)1.0
      M. Feliz 1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Kelly
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 97-60, J. Kelly 23-13, M. Barnes 17-8, C. Kimbrel 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 5-7, J. Kelly 1-1, M. Barnes 1-0, C. Kimbrel 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 23, J. Kelly 4, M. Barnes 4, C. Kimbrel 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Fiers (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 97-67, W. Harris 11-7, M. Feliz 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 13-3, M. Feliz 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 27, W. Harris 4, M. Feliz 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Betts homered to left21
      • 7TH INNING
        McCann homered to right center11
      • 3RD INNING
        Moreland singled to left center, Betts scored, Pedroia to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Michael Feliz relieved Will Harris
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Young singled to center
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Young to third on catcher McCann fielding error, Ball, Ball, Bradley reached on fielder's choice to second, Young out at home, Bradley to second
        • J. Rutledge: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rutledge struck out swinging
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to first
        • Carlos Beltran hit for Alex Bregman
        • C. Beltran: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Beltran popped out to shortstop
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Will Harris pitching
        • George Springer in center
        • M. Betts: Betts homered to left
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, flied out to center, popped out to second
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
        • Matt Barnes relieved Joe Kelly
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Altuve doubled to shallow right
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
        • E. Gattis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve stole third, Gattis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Correa out at second
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bradley grounded out to first
        • J. Rutledge: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rutledge grounded out to second
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vazquez grounded out to third
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • E. Gattis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
        • B. McCann: McCann homered to right center
        • Joe Kelly relieved Drew Pomeranz
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel doubled to deep right center
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bregman grounded out to shortstop, Gurriel to third
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Fisher intentionally walked
        • Norichika Aoki hit for Jake Marisnick
        • N. Aoki: Ball, Ball, Fisher stole second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Aoki lined out to third
        • End of Inning (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Moreland grounded out to second
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Young grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • D. Fisher: Fisher grounded bunt out to third
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Marisnick flied out to right
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked, Springer to second
        • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Correa singled to right, Springer out at home, Altuve to second
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Betts flied out to left
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, McCann lined out to left
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to third
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman popped out to first
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Rutledge singled to right
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Rutledge out at second
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Springer walked
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altuve grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Springer out at second
        • C. Correa: Correa reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Vazquez struck out looking
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • D. Pedroia: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pedroia reached on an infield single to second, Betts to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Moreland singled to left center, Betts scored, Pedroia to second
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia to third, Moreland to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • C. Young: Young grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Bregman flied out to left
        • D. Fisher: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Fisher struck out looking
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Ball, Ball, Marisnick lined out to third
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi flied out to center
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Young popped out to shortstop
        • J. Bradley: Bradley tripled to deep center
        • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Rutledge grounded out to second
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • E. Gattis: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gattis fouled out to first
        • B. McCann: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, McCann grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Gurriel lined out to left
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to third
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pedroia singled to left
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Pedroia stole second, Ball, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Altuve reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • C. Correa: Foul, Ball, Correa grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Altuve out at second
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)