Altuve, Beltran homer in Astros' 7-1 win over Red Sox

HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve and Carlos Beltran gave the Houston Astros a jolt on Saturday night.

For the Boston Red Sox, Rick Porcello's performance has been pretty shocking, too.

Altuve hit a solo homer, Beltran had a two-run shot and three RBIs, and the Astros beat the Red Sox 7-1.

Altuve led off the third with his homer off the train tracks above the left-center field facade, and Beltran followed three batters later with his ninth of the season to put Houston ahead 6-0.

''We swung the bat very well,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''Both innings where we had the three-run innings, we put a lot of at-bats together.''

Houston jumped on last year's AL Cy Young Award winner Porcello (3-9) for three runs in the first. Altuve had an RBI double, and Brian McCann and Beltran followed with sacrifice flies.

''He's a guy that has a good sinker,'' Beltran said of Porcello. ''Facing him last year, the year he won the Cy Young, his sinker was amazing. It's not that it's not amazing. It's just that location is what makes his sinker his sinker. Today, we got good pitches in the middle of the plate.''

Porcello gave up seven runs and 10 hits in six innings.

''I don't think it's the fastballs up, it's everything,'' Porcello said. ''Guys are very comfortable with everything they are seeing and driving the ball off me right now. I got to make it back to making them uncomfortable.''

Porcello lost his fourth straight - his second four-game losing streak this season - and has allowed five or more runs in three straight outings.

''The difference once again is elevation in the strike zone,'' Boston manager John Farrell said. ''It wasn't pitched tight. Anytime he made a mistake up in the strike zone whether it was a breaking ball to Altuve to a fastball that didn't stay in or down to Beltran, those are pitches that seemingly come back to haunt him.''

Yuli Gurriel scored on Norichika Aoki's double play in the sixth to give the Astros a 7-1 lead.

David Paulino (1-0) allowed one run and three hits with four strikeouts in six innings for his first career win. Houston has allowed two runs or less in each of the last three games.

''That was a great performance,'' Hinch said. ''And I loved his demeanor; he was calm the whole day. He was focused, he was getting them to mishit some balls. He stayed very calm in his approach.''

Paulino said through a translator locating his fastball and curveball was the key to the win.

''My curveball was the best pitch even when I wasn't throwing it for strikes, I think that was working today,'' Paulino said.

Chris Young led off the fifth with a solo home run for Boston.

MILESTONES

Altuve's home run was his tenth this season, marking his third consecutive double-digit home run season. He joins Craig Biggio as the only second basemen in Astros' history to record at least three double-digit home run seasons. ... Beltran's home run was the 430th of his career, placing him one shy of Cal Ripken Jr. for the 48th most in MLB history.

TRAINING ROOM

Red Sox: 1B Hanley Ramirez was out of the lineup for a second straight day with a spasm in his neck. ... RHP Tyler Thornburg had successful surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder Friday and is expected to return in 2018, Boston announced Saturday.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers (lower back discomfort) played catch Saturday and could start on Houston's upcoming road trip. ''There's still some things he needs to do in order to satisfy everyone that he's ready to start, but certainly the initial goal would for him to start on the road trip,'' Hinch said. ... RHP Charlie Morton (right lat strain) will go with the team on the upcoming road trip and could go on a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP David Price (1-1) will try to build on his last outing when he allowed three runs in six innings when he starts the finale of the three-game series Sunday night.

Astros: RHP Joe Musgrove (4-5) will start for the 12th time this season and second since coming off the DL on Monday when he starts Sunday. Musgrove will be looking to even his record after taking the loss in his last start, allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings against Texas.

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Red SoxBOS38-30
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AstrosHOU46-23
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  • W: D. Paulino (1-0)L: R. Porcello (3-9)
  • HR: BOS - C. Young (3), HOU - C. Beltran (9), J. Altuve (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF40100010.279.359.502.8610.5
D. Pedroia 2B40100001.299.366.379.7451.0
X. Bogaerts SS30000112.311.365.437.8020.5
M. Moreland 1B30000012.280.373.480.853-0.5
P. Sandoval 3B0000-000.208.267.354.000-
A. Benintendi LF30000001.271.338.421.7590.0
C. Young DH31111000.262.336.393.7296.0
J. Bradley CF30000000.250.345.455.7990.0
J. Rutledge 1B30000020.239.314.283.596-1.0
S. Leon C30000010.225.279.357.635-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF41200010.278.352.541.8934.5
    M. Gonzalez 3B41100021.311.403.585.9891.0
    J. Altuve 2B42221000.327.396.531.92710.0
    C. Correa SS31100100.306.382.517.8983.0
    B. McCann C30110011.270.354.491.8451.5
    C. Beltran DH31231001.239.287.425.71210.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B41100002.273.303.432.7353.0
    D. Fisher LF40100011.333.500.6671.1670.5
    N. Aoki RF30000001.271.316.333.6500.0
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Young (3)
      • RBI - C. Young (13)
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Springer 2 (13), J. Altuve (19), C. Beltran (15), Y. Gurriel (14)
      • HR - J. Altuve (10), C. Beltran (9)
      • SF - B. McCann (3), C. Beltran (2)
      • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (34), B. McCann (35), C. Beltran 3 (29)
      FIELDING
      • DP - M. Moreland, D. Pedroia
      FIELDING
      • DP - Y. Gurriel, J. Altuve, M. Gonzalez
      PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (L, 3-9)6.01071325.051.53-3.5
      A. Maddox 1.0000000.000.003.0
      F. Abad 1.0100202.661.183.0
      PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Paulino (W, 1-0)6.0311415.031.3725.0
      C. Devenski 1.0000002.700.853.0
      L. Gregerson 1.0000105.001.443.5
      D. Diaz 1.0000108.221.433.5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 101-68, A. Maddox 10-6, F. Abad 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 6-8, A. Maddox 1-2, F. Abad 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 28, A. Maddox 3, F. Abad 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Paulino 81-46, C. Devenski 10-6, L. Gregerson 8-5, D. Diaz 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Paulino 4-9, C. Devenski 3-0, L. Gregerson 2-0, D. Diaz 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Paulino 21, C. Devenski 3, L. Gregerson 3, D. Diaz 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      Red SoxBOS38-30
      000010000130
      AstrosHOU46-23
      3030010007110
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF40100010.279.359.502.8610.5
      D. Pedroia 2B40100001.299.366.379.7451.0
      X. Bogaerts SS30000112.311.365.437.8020.5
      M. Moreland 1B30000012.280.373.480.853-0.5
      P. Sandoval 3B0000-000.208.267.354.000-
      A. Benintendi LF30000001.271.338.421.7590.0
      C. Young DH31111000.262.336.393.7296.0
      J. Bradley CF30000000.250.345.455.7990.0
      J. Rutledge 1B30000020.239.314.283.596-1.0
      S. Leon C30000010.225.279.357.635-0.5
      Total291311166-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer CF41200010.278.352.541.8934.5
        M. Gonzalez 3B41100021.311.403.585.9891.0
        J. Altuve 2B42221000.327.396.531.92710.0
        C. Correa SS31100100.306.382.517.8983.0
        B. McCann C30110011.270.354.491.8451.5
        C. Beltran DH31231001.239.287.425.71210.0
        Y. Gurriel 1B41100002.273.303.432.7353.0
        D. Fisher LF40100011.333.500.6671.1670.5
        N. Aoki RF30000001.271.316.333.6500.0
        Total3271162157-----
          BATTING
          • HR - C. Young (3)
          • RBI - C. Young (13)
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Springer 2 (13), J. Altuve (19), C. Beltran (15), Y. Gurriel (14)
          • HR - J. Altuve (10), C. Beltran (9)
          • SF - B. McCann (3), C. Beltran (2)
          • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (34), B. McCann (35), C. Beltran 3 (29)
          FIELDING
          • DP - M. Moreland, D. Pedroia
          FIELDING
          • DP - Y. Gurriel, J. Altuve, M. Gonzalez
          PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Porcello (L, 3-9)6.01071325.051.53-3.5
          A. Maddox 1.0000000.000.003.0
          F. Abad 1.0100202.661.183.0
          Total8.0117152---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Porcello (L, 3-9)6.0
          A. Maddox 1.0
          F. Abad 1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Paulino (W, 1-0)6.0311415.031.3725.0
          C. Devenski 1.0000002.700.853.0
          L. Gregerson 1.0000105.001.443.5
          D. Diaz 1.0000108.221.433.5
          Total9.031161---
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 101-68, A. Maddox 10-6, F. Abad 17-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 6-8, A. Maddox 1-2, F. Abad 1-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 28, A. Maddox 3, F. Abad 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Paulino 81-46, C. Devenski 10-6, L. Gregerson 8-5, D. Diaz 13-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Paulino 4-9, C. Devenski 3-0, L. Gregerson 2-0, D. Diaz 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Paulino 21, C. Devenski 3, L. Gregerson 3, D. Diaz 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Aoki grounded into double play second to first, Gurriel scored, Fisher out at second17
          • 5TH INNING
            Young homered to left center16
          • 3RD INNING
            Beltran homered to right, Correa scored06
            Altuve homered to left center04
          • 1ST INNING
            Beltran hit sacrifice fly to center, Altuve scored03
            McCann hit sacrifice fly to center, Gonzalez scored, Altuve to third02
            Altuve doubled to right, Springer scored, Gonzalez to third01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Dayan Diaz relieved Luke Gregerson
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts popped out to shortstop
            • D. Pedroia: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to pitcher
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
          • 8TH INNING
            • Luke Gregerson relieved Chris Devenski
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley grounded out to second
            • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rutledge struck out swinging
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Leon grounded out to shortstop
            • Pablo Sandoval at third
            • Fernando Abad relieved Austin Maddox
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Beltran doubled to deep right center
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to third, Beltran to third
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Fisher struck out on foul tip
            • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Chris Devenski relieved David Paulino
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Benintendi grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • C. Young: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Young grounded out to third
            • Austin Maddox relieved Rick Porcello
            • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez flied out to deep right
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Altuve grounded out to first
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Correa popped out to shortstop
            • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Paulino Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts singled to left
            • D. Pedroia: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pedroia flied out to deep right
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Bogaerts grounded into double play third to second to first, Betts out at second
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel doubled to deep left
            • D. Fisher: Foul, Fisher singled to right, Gurriel to third
            • N. Aoki: Ball, Pickoff attempt to third, Aoki grounded into double play second to first, Gurriel scored, Fisher out at second
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • End of Inning (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Paulino Pitching:
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Young homered to left center
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Bradley flied out to deep center
            • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rutledge struck out looking
            • S. Leon: Ball, Leon lined out to center
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Altuve flied out to right
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Correa grounded out to shortstop
            • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, McCann singled to shallow center
            • C. Beltran: Foul, Ball, Beltran flied out to deep right
            • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Paulino Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pedroia singled to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Pedroia out at second
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Moreland struck out on foul tip
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to first
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • N. Aoki: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Aoki grounded out to second
            • G. Springer: Foul, Springer flied out to deep right
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Paulino Pitching:
            • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Rutledge flied out to deep left
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve homered to left center
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Correa singled to deep right center
            • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, McCann popped out to first
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Beltran homered to right, Correa scored
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to first
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Fisher lined out to first
            • End of Inning (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Paulino Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi popped out to third
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Young flied out to center
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley flied out to center
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fisher grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Aoki: Ball, Strike looking, Aoki flied out to left
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Springer doubled to left
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
            • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Paulino Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts grounded out to second
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pedroia flied out to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Moreland flied out to center
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Springer doubled to left center
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez reached on bunt single to pitcher, Springer to third
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to third, Foul, Altuve doubled to right, Springer scored, Gonzalez to third
            • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Correa walked
            • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McCann hit sacrifice fly to center, Gonzalez scored, Altuve to third
            • C. Beltran: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Beltran hit sacrifice fly to center, Altuve scored
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to first, Correa out at second
            • End of Inning (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)