Springer dash, drive send Cole, Astros over Sale, Bosox 7-3

HOUSTON (AP) If leadoff hitter George Springer is having a big game, it's usually a pretty good sign that the Houston Astros will, too.

That was the case on Friday night when Springer dashed home from second base on a wild pitch by Chris Sale, then homered off the Boston ace to send the Astros over the Red Sox 7-3 in a matchup of AL division leaders.

''He's an energy provider for us,'' manager A.J. Hinch said of Springer, last season's World Series MVP.

Springer finished with three hits, and Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis homered late to boost the Astros.

Mitch Moreland and J.D. Martinez hit back-to-back homers off Gerrit Cole (6-1) to start the fourth inning and get within 4-3. Moreland's homer was a towering shot to straightaway center field that hit the ''H'' in the Astros' logo on the wall, while Martinez hit his major league-leading 19th homer.

Springer's sprint put the Astros ahead in the first inning. With runners at first and second and one out, Sale threw a hard slider that Correa swinging for strike three. But the ball bounced off catcher Sandy Leon's glove and caromed toward the first base dugout, and Springer hustled home on the wild pitch.

Springer loves being the spark to get the offense going.

''I know who's up behind me,'' he said. ''If I can just get to first base for those guys a lot can happen. So I take a lot of pride in it.''

Springer hit his 12th home run in the third as Houston built a 4-1 lead.

Cole won his fourth straight decision, giving up three runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven, raising his AL-leading total to 116.

Sale (5-3) lost his second in a row, allowing four runs in six innings. He struck out six, giving him 110 this season.

''He struggled early, but after that, he made a few adjustments and gave us six,'' manager Alex Cora said. ''Overall, he will tell you he wasn't good, but I think for him to give us a shot after going through the first two innings with all those pitches, it was good enough.''

Correa, who entered Thursday's game in an 0-for-10 slump, homered for the second straight game against Boston when he hit a solo drive in the eighth off Joe Kelly. It was just the second run Kelly had allowed in his last 24 outings and he'd retired 24 straight batters before the homer.

Kelly then walked Yuli Gurriel, and Gattis homered to left-center.

The Red Sox, who have baseball's best record at 39-19, lost their second straight game on a night where they were missing major league batting leader Mookie Betts, who was placed on the disabled list before the game retroactive to Tuesday. Boston had hoped that Betts was nearing a return after missing the last six games, but instead put him on the disabled list just before the game because of an abdominal strain.

He's hopeful that it won't take any longer than 10 days for him to recover.

''I think it's kind of a hope,'' Betts said. ''I've never been in this situation. I've never had it and I've never any other situation. This isn't enough pain to not play through. It's just something where you just don't want to make it worse.''

Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who has played just three games this season, sat out for the second straight game because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Cora isn't sure how long Pedroia will be out. ''He's a big part of what we're trying to accomplish,'' Cora said. ''We know what he brings to the table so we'll make sure he's healthy.''

Astros: OF Josh Reddick, who is on the disabled list with an infection in his left knee, took early batting practice for the second straight day, but isn't expected to return during this series. But Hinch said he's improving and could begin a rehabilitation assignment soon.

UP NEXT

Houston's Justin Verlander, who leads the majors with a 1.11 ERA, opposes David Price (5-4, 4.04) when the series continues on Saturday night. Verlander has won three straight and allowed just two runs combined in those games. Price has also won three in a row and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his last four starts.

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BOS39-19
010200000370
HOU37-22
20200003X7120
  • W: G. Cole (6-1)L: C. Sale (5-3)
  • HR: BOS - M. Moreland (9), J. Martinez (19), HOU - G. Springer (12), E. Gattis (8), C. Correa (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF30000120.295.380.512.8920.0
X. Bogaerts SS40100012.280.331.512.8440.5
M. Moreland 1B41111013.301.365.624.9895.5
J. Martinez RF31111100.318.379.6641.0427.0
B. Swihart PR-RF00000000.163.250.186.4362.0
R. Devers 3B40000022.230.284.408.693-1.0
E. Nunez DH41100010.249.265.378.6431.5
B. Holt 2B40110010.310.384.448.8322.5
S. Leon C40100011.253.300.373.6730.5
J. Bradley CF40100021.200.291.306.5972.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF42311102.289.353.500.85310.0
    A. Bregman 3B51100025.260.376.414.7901.0
    J. Altuve 2B40000013.332.377.461.838-0.5
    C. Correa SS42211012.267.350.481.8317.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B31220100.287.314.374.6876.0
    E. Gattis DH41121002.236.307.453.7607.0
    M. Stassi C30000110.293.363.543.9060.5
    J. Davis LF20000010.225.354.300.654-0.5
    T. Kemp LF20100001.293.388.415.8021.0
    J. Marisnick CF40200000.167.174.306.4802.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Holt (9)
      • HR - M. Moreland (9), J. Martinez (19)
      • RBI - M. Moreland (28), J. Martinez (48), B. Holt (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Holt (5)
      BATTING
      • HR - G. Springer (12), C. Correa (10), E. Gattis (8)
      • RBI - G. Springer (35), C. Correa (39), Y. Gurriel 2 (18), E. Gattis 2 (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Swihart, J. Bradley (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Devers-Holt-Moreland)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (L, 5-3)6.06441613.000.985.0
      M. Barnes1.02000002.251.001.0
      J. Kelly0.12332022.730.91-7.0
      B. Johnson0.22000005.201.52-2.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (L, 5-3)6.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      J. Kelly0.1
      B. Johnson0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 6-1)7.05331722.200.8325.5
      C. Devenski (H, 11)1.01001101.991.061.5
      B. Peacock1.01000302.781.063.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 6-1)7.0
      C. Devenski (H, 11)1.0
      B. Peacock1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Sale 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 100-67, M. Barnes 11-8, J. Kelly 20-8, B. Johnson 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 4-8, M. Barnes 2-0, J. Kelly 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 25, M. Barnes 4, J. Kelly 5, B. Johnson 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Devenski
      • IBB - C. Devenski
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 105-66, C. Devenski 15-11, B. Peacock 15-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 5-9, C. Devenski 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 27, C. Devenski 5, B. Peacock 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS39-19
      010200000370
      HOU37-22
      20200003X7120
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Benintendi LF30000120.295.380.512.8920.0
      X. Bogaerts SS40100012.280.331.512.8440.5
      M. Moreland 1B41111013.301.365.624.9895.5
      J. Martinez RF31111100.318.379.6641.0427.0
      B. Swihart PR-RF00000000.163.250.186.4362.0
      R. Devers 3B40000022.230.284.408.693-1.0
      E. Nunez DH41100010.249.265.378.6431.5
      B. Holt 2B40110010.310.384.448.8322.5
      S. Leon C40100011.253.300.373.6730.5
      J. Bradley CF40100021.200.291.306.5972.0
      Total3437322119-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer RF42311102.289.353.500.85310.0
        A. Bregman 3B51100025.260.376.414.7901.0
        J. Altuve 2B40000013.332.377.461.838-0.5
        C. Correa SS42211012.267.350.481.8317.5
        Y. Gurriel 1B31220100.287.314.374.6876.0
        E. Gattis DH41121002.236.307.453.7607.0
        M. Stassi C30000110.293.363.543.9060.5
        J. Davis LF20000010.225.354.300.654-0.5
        T. Kemp LF20100001.293.388.415.8021.0
        J. Marisnick CF40200000.167.174.306.4802.0
        Total35712633615-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Holt (9)
          • HR - M. Moreland (9), J. Martinez (19)
          • RBI - M. Moreland (28), J. Martinez (48), B. Holt (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Holt (5)
          BATTING
          • HR - G. Springer (12), C. Correa (10), E. Gattis (8)
          • RBI - G. Springer (35), C. Correa (39), Y. Gurriel 2 (18), E. Gattis 2 (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Swihart, J. Bradley (6)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Devers-Holt-Moreland)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale (L, 5-3)6.06441613.000.985.0
          M. Barnes1.02000002.251.001.0
          J. Kelly0.12332022.730.91-7.0
          B. Johnson0.22000005.201.52-2.0
          Total8.01277363---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale (L, 5-3)6.0
          M. Barnes1.0
          J. Kelly0.1
          B. Johnson0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Cole (W, 6-1)7.05331722.200.8325.5
          C. Devenski (H, 11)1.01001101.991.061.5
          B. Peacock1.01000302.781.063.5
          Total9.07332112---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Cole (W, 6-1)7.0
          C. Devenski (H, 11)1.0
          B. Peacock1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - C. Sale 2 (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 100-67, M. Barnes 11-8, J. Kelly 20-8, B. Johnson 15-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 4-8, M. Barnes 2-0, J. Kelly 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 25, M. Barnes 4, J. Kelly 5, B. Johnson 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - C. Devenski
          • IBB - C. Devenski
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 105-66, C. Devenski 15-11, B. Peacock 15-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 5-9, C. Devenski 1-1
          • Batters Faced - G. Cole 27, C. Devenski 5, B. Peacock 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Gattis homered to left center, Gurriel scored37
            Correa homered to left35
          • 4TH INNING
            Martinez homered to right34
            Moreland homered to center24
          • 3RD INNING
            Gurriel singled to center, Correa scored14
            Springer homered to center13
          • 2ND INNING
            Holt doubled to center, Nunez scored12
          • 1ST INNING
            Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bregman scored02
            Springer scored, Bregman to third on wild pitch01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brad Peacock relieved Chris Devenski
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
            • B. Holt: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
            • S. Leon: Foul, Strike looking, Leon singled to center
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike looking, Leon to second on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Chris Devenski relieved Gerrit Cole
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to left
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts to second on wild pitch, Moreland grounded out to first, Bogaerts to third
            • J. Martinez: Martinez intentionally walked
            • Blake Swihart ran for J.D. Martinez
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Swihart stole second, Devers lined out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Kelly relieved Matt Barnes
            • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Correa homered to left
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gattis homered to left center, Gurriel scored
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Stassi walked
            • Brian Johnson relieved Joe Kelly
            • T. Kemp: Kemp flied out to deep left
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick singled to left, Stassi to second
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Springer reached on an infield single to shortstop, Stassi to third, Marisnick to second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman fouled out to third
            • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tony Kemp in left
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Holt grounded out to pitcher
            • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley lined out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Barnes relieved Chris Sale
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Kemp singled to right
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Marisnick reached on bunt single to shortstop, Kemp to second
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer grounded into double play third to second to first, Kemp to third, Marisnick out at second
            • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez lined out to left
            • R. Devers: Devers lined out to center
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel flied out to right
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Gattis popped out to first
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Stassi grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Leon lined out to center
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley singled to right center
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley stole second, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer singled to left
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Altuve reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Springer out at second
            • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Correa flied out to deep right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland homered to center
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez homered to right
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Nunez flied out to right
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Holt flied out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Stassi struck out looking
            • J. Davis: Davis grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded out to first
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Springer homered to center
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Altuve flied out to right
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Correa singled to right
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Correa to second on wild pitch, Gurriel singled to center, Correa scored
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gattis lined out to right
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
            • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • E. Nunez: Foul, Nunez reached on an infield single to second
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt doubled to center, Nunez scored
            • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Leon flied out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Stassi lined out to center
            • J. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick flied out to shallow right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts popped out to shortstop
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Bregman singled to left, Springer to second
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer scored, Bregman to third on wild pitch
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bregman scored
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gattis popped out to second
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)