Correa's 2-run shot helps Astros over Red Sox 4-2

HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Correa capped a May to forget with a big hit that helped the Houston Astros to a win.

Correa snapped an 0 for 10 slump with a two-run homer in the first, and Tony Kemp and Jake Marisnick each had an RBI in a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

Correa's home run ended a month during which he hit just .192 after batting .315 in April.

''May wasn't the best month for me, but it's not like I've never been here before,'' he said. ''I've struggled before for a month and it's a long season. So today was a big stride with that first at-bat. Hopefully I can keep it up and have a great June.''

Houston starter Lance McCullers (7-3) allowed four hits and two runs in six innings to help the Astros to the victory in this rematch of last year's ALDS, which Houston won in four games.

Ken Giles gave up a single to Sandy Leon with two outs in the ninth before walking Jackie Bradley Jr., but Marisnick grabbed a fly ball hit by Blake Swihart to end it and give Giles his 10th save.

The game was tied at 2 when J.D. Davis singled to start Houston's fourth. Tim Federowicz hit a ground-rule double with one out before Davis barely beat the throw home to score on a single by Kemp to put Houston up 3-2.

The Red Sox challenged the play, but it was upheld. Marisnick followed with a bunt that allowed Federowicz to score and the Astros to push the lead to 4-2.

The victory snapped a three-game winning streak for the Red Sox, who at 39-18 still have baseball's best record.

Boston's Drew Pomeranz (1-4) allowed six hits and four runs in five innings after failing to pitch longer than four innings in his past three starts.

He recalled that Correa hit a similar home run off him in Game 2 of the ALDS.

''I obviously didn't get the results that I wanted (Thursday), but I just made a couple of bad pitches,'' Pomeranz said. ''I made a dumb pitch to Correa. He did the same thing to me in the playoffs, basically in the same spot.''

The Red Sox were without Mookie Betts, who missed his fifth straight game with soreness on his left side, and Dustin Pedroia, who was scratched just before the game with a sore left knee. Pedroia has played just three games this season while recovering from knee surgery in October and manager Alex Cora said he'll likely sit out on Friday as well.

''He's going to have good days and bad days ... hopefully, he feels better (Friday) and can play over the weekend,'' Cora said.

Alex Bregman walked with one out before Correa's shot to left field made it 2-0 in the first inning.

McCullers was shaken up in the second inning when he and Rafael Devers had a collision when the pitcher went to cover first base after Devers hit a groundball.

Devers tripped over the foot of McCullers and went tumbling to the ground in a crash that also sent McCullers falling into the dirt.

Both players got up after a couple of minutes and McCullers remained in the game after a couple of warmup pitches.

Bradley got Boston's first hit with a double to start the third inning. Andrew Benintendi walked with one out before the double by Xander Bogaerts scored them both to tie it at 2.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Cora doesn't think Betts will need to go on the disabled list. He said he was doing better on Thursday and thinks he'll be able to return sometime during this series which ends on Sunday.

Astros: OF Josh Reddick, who is on the disabled list with an infection in his left knee, took early batting practice on Thursday, but isn't expected to return during this series. Manager A.J. Hinch said Reddick could be back for the start of Tuesday's series against Seattle, but he could need a few more days to recover. ''I like where he's at,'' Hinch said. ''I like the fact that he's starting to do baseball activities ... and he sounds like he's feeling better.''

PICKING UP THE HARDWARE

Cora and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson, who were both on Houston's staff last season before joining the Red Sox, picked up their World Series rings in a pregame ceremony. Cora was thrilled to have his daughter at the ballpark on Thursday to be with him when he received the ring. ''It's beautiful, by the way,'' he added.

UP NEXT

Boston's Chris Sale (5-2, 2.76 ERA) looks to bounce back from his previous start in which he allowed a season-high six runs in 4 1/3 innings when he opposes Gerrit Cole (5-1, 2.05) on Saturday night. Cole, who leads the American League with 109 strikeouts, did not factor into the decision in his previous start after the Astros blew the lead late in a 10-9 loss to Cleveland in 14 innings.

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  • W: L. McCullers (7-3)L: D. Pomeranz (1-3)S: K. Giles (10)
  • HR: HOU - C. Correa (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF31200100.299.382.520.9026.0
X. Bogaerts SS40120002.281.333.519.8524.0
M. Moreland 1B40000022.302.368.612.980-1.0
J. Martinez DH30000102.317.377.6541.0301.0
R. Devers 3B40100011.234.289.416.7061.5
B. Holt 2B40000012.313.389.446.835-0.5
S. Leon C40100011.254.303.380.6830.5
J. Bradley CF31100110.199.292.308.6003.5
B. Swihart RF40000013.163.250.186.436-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF30000112.281.344.482.8260.5
    A. Bregman 3B31000101.262.380.419.7992.0
    J. Altuve DH40200011.338.383.468.8511.5
    C. Correa SS31121111.262.347.465.8137.5
    J. Davis 1B31100113.237.370.316.6852.5
    M. Gonzalez 2B40000035.217.291.321.612-2.5
    T. Federowicz C31100010.333.333.6671.0002.5
    T. Kemp LF20110110.282.383.410.7932.5
    J. Marisnick CF30110001.154.162.298.4601.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - X. Bogaerts (14), R. Devers (11), J. Bradley (9)
      • RBI - X. Bogaerts 2 (30)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Federowicz
      • HR - C. Correa (9)
      • RBI - C. Correa 2 (38), T. Kemp (9), J. Marisnick (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Correa 2 (13)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Benintendi (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - M. Gonzalez, J. Marisnick
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Holt-Moreland)
      • E - R. Devers (12)
      • PB - S. Leon (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz (L, 1-3)5.06442516.811.840.5
      S. Wright3.01003402.251.197.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Pomeranz (L, 1-3)5.0
      S. Wright3.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers (W, 7-3)6.04222403.891.1722.0
      W. Harris (H, 10)1.21000103.661.222.5
      H. Rondon (H, 3)0.10000001.771.030.0
      K. Giles (S, 10)1.01001204.501.179.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers (W, 7-3)6.0
      W. Harris (H, 10)1.2
      H. Rondon (H, 3)0.1
      K. Giles (S, 10)1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - S. Wright
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 87-56, S. Wright 56-33
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 4-4, S. Wright 3-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 21, S. Wright 12
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 107-61, W. Harris 16-11, H. Rondon 5-4, K. Giles 18-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 8-6, W. Harris 2-2, H. Rondon 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 24, W. Harris 6, H. Rondon, K. Giles 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Benintendi LF31200100.299.382.520.9026.0
      X. Bogaerts SS40120002.281.333.519.8524.0
      M. Moreland 1B40000022.302.368.612.980-1.0
      J. Martinez DH30000102.317.377.6541.0301.0
      R. Devers 3B40100011.234.289.416.7061.5
      B. Holt 2B40000012.313.389.446.835-0.5
      S. Leon C40100011.254.303.380.6830.5
      J. Bradley CF31100110.199.292.308.6003.5
      B. Swihart RF40000013.163.250.186.436-0.5
      Total3326203713-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer RF30000112.281.344.482.8260.5
        A. Bregman 3B31000101.262.380.419.7992.0
        J. Altuve DH40200011.338.383.468.8511.5
        C. Correa SS31121111.262.347.465.8137.5
        J. Davis 1B31100113.237.370.316.6852.5
        M. Gonzalez 2B40000035.217.291.321.612-2.5
        T. Federowicz C31100010.333.333.6671.0002.5
        T. Kemp LF20110110.282.383.410.7932.5
        J. Marisnick CF30110001.154.162.298.4601.0
        Total2847415914-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - X. Bogaerts (14), R. Devers (11), J. Bradley (9)
          • RBI - X. Bogaerts 2 (30)
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Federowicz
          • HR - C. Correa (9)
          • RBI - C. Correa 2 (38), T. Kemp (9), J. Marisnick (12)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Correa 2 (13)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Benintendi (9)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - M. Gonzalez, J. Marisnick
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Holt-Moreland)
          • E - R. Devers (12)
          • PB - S. Leon (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Pomeranz (L, 1-3)5.06442516.811.840.5
          S. Wright3.01003402.251.197.0
          Total8.0744591---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Pomeranz (L, 1-3)5.0
          S. Wright3.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. McCullers (W, 7-3)6.04222403.891.1722.0
          W. Harris (H, 10)1.21000103.661.222.5
          H. Rondon (H, 3)0.10000001.771.030.0
          K. Giles (S, 10)1.01001204.501.179.0
          Total9.0622370---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. McCullers (W, 7-3)6.0
          W. Harris (H, 10)1.2
          H. Rondon (H, 3)0.1
          K. Giles (S, 10)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - S. Wright
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 87-56, S. Wright 56-33
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 4-4, S. Wright 3-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 21, S. Wright 12
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 107-61, W. Harris 16-11, H. Rondon 5-4, K. Giles 18-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 8-6, W. Harris 2-2, H. Rondon 1-0
          • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 24, W. Harris 6, H. Rondon, K. Giles 5
          • 4TH INNING
            Marisnick reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Federowicz scored, Kemp out at second24
            Kemp reached on an infield single to pitcher, Davis scored, Federowicz to third23
          • 3RD INNING
            Bogaerts doubled to left center, Bradley and Benintendi scored, Bogaerts to third22
          • 1ST INNING
            Correa homered to left, Bregman scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ken Giles relieved Hector Rondon
            • R. Devers: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • B. Holt: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
            • S. Leon: Ball, Leon singled to right center
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Leon to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Swihart lined out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • W. Harris Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to shallow right center
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Bogaerts fouled out to first
            • M. Moreland: Moreland lined out to center
            • Hector Rondon relieved Will Harris
            • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer walked
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Bregman reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Springer out at second
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Altuve reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bregman to second
            • C. Correa: Ball, Bregman to third, Altuve to second on passed ball, Correa intentionally walked
            • J. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis reached on fielder's choice to third, Bregman out at home, Altuve to third, Correa to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Will Harris relieved Lance McCullers
            • S. Leon: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Swihart grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • T. Federowicz: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Federowicz struck out swinging
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Marisnick lined out to right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Moreland grounded out to second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Martinez flied out to right
            • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Devers doubled to deep right
            • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Holt lined out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Steven Wright relieved Drew Pomeranz
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
            • J. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Davis out at second
            • T. Federowicz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez caught stealing, catcher to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swihart flied out to center
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to right
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Benintendi stole second, Bogaerts lined out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to third
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman lined out to left
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Devers grounded out to pitcher
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Holt grounded out to pitcher
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Leon lined out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • J. Davis: Ball, Foul, Davis reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • T. Federowicz: Federowicz doubled to deep right center, Davis to third
            • T. Kemp: Kemp reached on an infield single to pitcher, Davis scored, Federowicz to third
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Federowicz scored, Kemp out at second
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Marisnick caught stealing, catcher to second
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bradley doubled to deep center
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts doubled to left center, Bradley and Benintendi scored, Bogaerts to third
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bregman popped out to third
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Altuve singled to center
            • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Correa grounded into double play second to first, Altuve out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
            • R. Devers: Ball, Devers grounded out to first, Martinez to second
            • B. Holt: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Holt grounded out to third
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Leon grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • T. Federowicz: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Federowicz flied out to right
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp walked
            • J. Marisnick: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Marisnick reached on an infield single to pitcher, Kemp to second
            • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi flied out to center
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve popped out to second
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Correa homered to left, Bregman scored
            • J. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)