Vazquez, Benintendi homer as Red Sox beat Astros 5-4

HOUSTON (AP) As Andrew Benintendi walked to the plate in the seventh inning, Red Sox teammate Brock Holt predicted to manager Alex Cora that the outfielder would go yard.

Turns out, Holt tends to make that kind of bold claim two or three times a game. He was 1 for 1 on Saturday, though.

Benintendi and Christian Vazquez homered during a three-run seventh inning that lifted Boston over the Houston Astros 5-4 on Saturday night.

Holt knocked off his hat, stood on a chair and spread both arms as Benintendi rounded the bases. A bewildered and laughing Cora gave Holt a high-five.

''Whenever you're not playing, you try to do whatever you can to help the team,'' Holt said. ''Tonight, I was able to get Beni a two-run home run.''

Former Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and David Price each pitched six innings before handing off to the bullpens. Will Harris (1-3) allowed homers to Vazquez and Benintendi in the seventh, setting up Price (6-4) for a victory.

Craig Kimbrel earned his 19th save by striking out two during a scoreless ninth.

Verlander allowed two runs, three hits and two walks while striking out six. He had earned AL Pitcher of the Month in May with an 0.86 ERA in six starts.

''I thought he threw nine or 10 innings worth of game in a six-inning game,'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ''They really made him work. They have some guys over there that give him a little bit of trouble. I thought they worked him very hard.''

J.D. Martinez scored Benintendi following a leadoff walk in the first inning. It was just the second time in 23 starts with Houston, including the playoffs, that Verlander allowed a run in the first inning.

Martinez added another RBI single in the sixth. Martinez, who entered Saturday with an MLB-leading 48 RBIs, has driven in a run in four of his last six games at Minute Maid Park against his former team.

''In my opinion, he's been the best hitter in baseball over the last month,'' Verlander said. ''You know he's hot. I made a couple mistakes to him, and he doesn't miss them. That's what happens with a hitter like that. You put it in his wheelhouse, probably happy they were just singles.''

The Astros put the lead back in Verlander's hands in the third inning when Alex Bregman hit a cutter into the Crawford Boxes for his sixth homer. In the previous inning, Marwin Gonzalez tied it with a triple to deep center that scored Yuli Gurriel.

Gurriel had an RBI single that scored Jose Altuve in the eighth to trim Boston's lead to 5-4.

Price threw a season-high 109 pitches but grew increasingly efficient in his later innings, retiring the last 11 batters he faced. He allowed five hits and three runs while walking one and striking out seven.

''The way we went out there and battled back there in that seventh, that was huge, especially the way Verlander has been throwing the baseball,'' Price said. ''If you go out there and put up a crooked number against him, you're probably going to lose. But the way we battled back, especially after losing the first two, that was huge.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia's return from the disabled list lasted three games. Left knee inflammation in his recovery from offseason surgery will sideline him on the 10-day DL, retroactive to May 30. After Boston put OF Mookie Betts on the 10-day DL with an abdominal strain Friday, the team recalled 1B Sam Travis and LHP Bobby Poyner from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Astros: Gonzalez left the game with right knee soreness after making a leaping catch at the wall in the third inning -- Hinch said he is day-to-day and should be OK. ... OF Josh Reddick, who is on the 10-day DL with an infection in his left knee, will join Double-A Tulsa on Sunday for a rehab assignment and will be reevaluated possibly to be called up for the next series. .... OF Derek Fisher (gastrointestinal discomfort) was activated off the 10-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Fresno. ... C Brian McCann, who was put on the 10-day DL on May 29 with right knee soreness, took batting practice and did fielding activities early Saturday.

BOSTON'S START

The Red Sox improved to 40-19, their best 59-game start since also starting 40-19 in 2002. Boston won 40 of their first 59 games for the sixth time in franchise history. The franchise-record best 59-game start came in 1946 (42-17).

HE SAID IT

''I didn't do my job,'' Harris said. ''I got behind Vazquez and grooved the heater 2-1. He hit a home run. I walk Jackie after getting ahead of him. I got ahead of Andrew, and he put a good swing on a good pitch. I just didn't get the job done.''

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Rick Porcello (7-2, 3.65 ERA) will face the Astros for the first time since allowing five hits, two runs and three walks in three innings of Game 4 of the 2017 ALDS. In his most recent outing, Porcello earned a win against Toronto, allowing five hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Astros: Charlie Morton (7-0, 2.04 ERA) will try to stay undefeated both on the season and in his career against Boston. Morton is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in two career starts against the Red Sox and hasn't lost in 14 straight starts, dating to a Sept. 9 loss in Oakland last season.

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BOS40-19
100001300550
HOU37-23
012000010460
  • W: D. Price (6-4)L: W. Harris (1-3)S: C. Kimbrel (19)
  • HR: BOS - C. Vazquez (1), A. Benintendi (8), HOU - A. Bregman (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF42121111.294.381.521.9028.5
X. Bogaerts SS21000201.277.335.506.8415.0
J. Martinez DH40220021.321.381.6601.0415.0
M. Moreland 1B40000022.292.355.606.961-1.0
E. Nunez 2B40100022.249.265.376.6400.0
R. Devers 3B40000031.226.280.401.681-1.5
B. Swihart RF40000000.149.231.170.4010.0
B. Holt RF00000000.310.384.448.8320.0
C. Vazquez C31111100.191.235.248.4839.0
J. Bradley CF31000101.196.290.301.5912.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF41100031.288.351.496.8470.5
    A. Bregman 3B41121010.260.375.425.7996.5
    J. Altuve 2B31100110.332.379.459.8386.5
    C. Correa SS30000102.263.348.474.8221.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B41210001.292.317.376.6946.0
    E. Gattis DH40000003.230.300.441.7410.0
    M. Stassi C40000021.281.349.521.870-1.0
    M. Gonzalez LF10110000.222.295.335.6304.0
    T. Kemp LF30000010.273.365.386.752-0.5
    J. Marisnick CF20000111.164.179.300.4790.5
    a- J. Davis PH10000010.220.347.293.640-0.5
    • a-struck out for Marisnick in the 9th
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Benintendi (8), C. Vazquez
    • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (40), J. Martinez 2 (50), C. Vazquez (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (14), C. Vazquez (6)
    BATTING
    • 3B - M. Gonzalez
    • HR - A. Bregman (6)
    • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (25), Y. Gurriel (19), M. Gonzalez (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel (6), M. Gonzalez (9)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - X. Bogaerts, J. Martinez, C. Vazquez
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Altuve 2 (8), Y. Gurriel (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Price (W, 6-4)6.05331714.081.2422.5
    H. Hembree (H, 7)1.00001104.621.422.5
    J. Kelly (H, 11)1.01111002.960.950.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 19)1.00000202.080.8111.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Price (W, 6-4)6.0
    H. Hembree (H, 7)1.0
    J. Kelly (H, 11)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 19)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Verlander6.03222601.240.7217.0
    W. Harris (L, 1-3) (BS, 2)0.22331124.871.33-10.5
    H. Rondon0.10001101.741.06-0.5
    T. Sipp1.10000203.091.204.0
    J. Smith0.20001005.501.11-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Verlander6.0
    W. Harris (L, 1-3) (BS, 2)0.2
    H. Rondon0.1
    T. Sipp1.1
    J. Smith0.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 109-63, H. Hembree 16-10, J. Kelly 28-15, C. Kimbrel 11-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 4-7, H. Hembree 2-0, J. Kelly 1-2
    • Batters Faced - D. Price 24, H. Hembree 4, J. Kelly 5, C. Kimbrel 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Verlander (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 101-69, W. Harris 24-13, H. Rondon 10-5, T. Sipp 14-11, J. Smith 10-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 3-9, W. Harris 1-0, J. Smith 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 23, W. Harris 5, H. Rondon 2, T. Sipp 4, J. Smith 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BOS40-19
    100001300550
    HOU37-23
    012000010460
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi LF42121111.294.381.521.9028.5
    X. Bogaerts SS21000201.277.335.506.8415.0
    J. Martinez DH40220021.321.381.6601.0415.0
    M. Moreland 1B40000022.292.355.606.961-1.0
    E. Nunez 2B40100022.249.265.376.6400.0
    R. Devers 3B40000031.226.280.401.681-1.5
    B. Swihart RF40000000.149.231.170.4010.0
    B. Holt RF00000000.310.384.448.8320.0
    C. Vazquez C31111100.191.235.248.4839.0
    J. Bradley CF31000101.196.290.301.5912.0
    Total3255525109-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF41100031.288.351.496.8470.5
      A. Bregman 3B41121010.260.375.425.7996.5
      J. Altuve 2B31100110.332.379.459.8386.5
      C. Correa SS30000102.263.348.474.8221.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B41210001.292.317.376.6946.0
      E. Gattis DH40000003.230.300.441.7410.0
      M. Stassi C40000021.281.349.521.870-1.0
      M. Gonzalez LF10110000.222.295.335.6304.0
      T. Kemp LF30000010.273.365.386.752-0.5
      J. Marisnick CF20000111.164.179.300.4790.5
      a- J. Davis PH10000010.220.347.293.640-0.5
      Total3346413109-----
      • a-struck out for Marisnick in the 9th
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Benintendi (8), C. Vazquez
      • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (40), J. Martinez 2 (50), C. Vazquez (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (14), C. Vazquez (6)
      BATTING
      • 3B - M. Gonzalez
      • HR - A. Bregman (6)
      • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (25), Y. Gurriel (19), M. Gonzalez (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel (6), M. Gonzalez (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - X. Bogaerts, J. Martinez, C. Vazquez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve 2 (8), Y. Gurriel (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Price (W, 6-4)6.05331714.081.2422.5
      H. Hembree (H, 7)1.00001104.621.422.5
      J. Kelly (H, 11)1.01111002.960.950.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 19)1.00000202.080.8111.0
      Total9.06443101---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Price (W, 6-4)6.0
      H. Hembree (H, 7)1.0
      J. Kelly (H, 11)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 19)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander6.03222601.240.7217.0
      W. Harris (L, 1-3) (BS, 2)0.22331124.871.33-10.5
      H. Rondon0.10001101.741.06-0.5
      T. Sipp1.10000203.091.204.0
      J. Smith0.20001005.501.11-1.0
      Total9.05555102---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander6.0
      W. Harris (L, 1-3) (BS, 2)0.2
      H. Rondon0.1
      T. Sipp1.1
      J. Smith0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 109-63, H. Hembree 16-10, J. Kelly 28-15, C. Kimbrel 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 4-7, H. Hembree 2-0, J. Kelly 1-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Price 24, H. Hembree 4, J. Kelly 5, C. Kimbrel 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Verlander (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 101-69, W. Harris 24-13, H. Rondon 10-5, T. Sipp 14-11, J. Smith 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 3-9, W. Harris 1-0, J. Smith 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 23, W. Harris 5, H. Rondon 2, T. Sipp 4, J. Smith 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Gurriel singled to right, Altuve scored54
      • 7TH INNING
        Benintendi homered to right center, Bradley scored53
        Vazquez homered to left33
      • 6TH INNING
        Martinez singled to right center, Bogaerts scored23
      • 3RD INNING
        Bregman homered to left, Springer scored13
      • 2ND INNING
        Gonzalez tripled to left center, Gurriel scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Martinez singled to right center, Benintendi scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Sipp Pitching:
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Swihart flied out to deep right
        • Joe Smith relieved Tony Sipp
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vazquez walked
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Bradley flied out to left
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Vazquez stole second, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Joe Kelly
        • Brock Holt in right
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kemp flied out to left
        • J.D. Davis hit for Jake Marisnick
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tony Sipp relieved Hector Rondon
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Devers fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Kelly relieved Heath Hembree
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman flied out to deep center
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve walked
        • C. Correa: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Altuve stole second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Correa grounded out to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Altuve stole third, Gurriel singled to right, Altuve scored
        • E. Gattis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gattis popped out to second
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Will Harris relieved Justin Verlander
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Swihart grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Vazquez homered to left
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
        • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Benintendi homered to right center, Bradley scored
        • Hector Rondon relieved Will Harris
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Heath Hembree relieved David Price
        • M. Stassi: Stassi grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Kemp grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marisnick walked
        • G. Springer: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts stole second, Strike looking, Martinez singled to right center, Bogaerts scored
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Martinez stole second, Ball, Moreland lined out to second
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Correa flied out to right
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to right
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gattis flied out to deep right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Swihart lined out to left
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez fouled out to right
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Springer struck out on foul tip
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bregman popped out to second
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Tony Kemp in left
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland grounded out to first
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez singled to center
        • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Stassi lined out to left
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bradley lined out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Benintendi flied out to deep left
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Springer singled to left
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman homered to left, Springer scored
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altuve grounded out to third
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Gattis popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Swihart fouled out to third
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Vazquez lined out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gurriel singled to center
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gattis lined out to second
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gurriel stole second
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez tripled to left center, Gurriel scored
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Bogaerts flied out to center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Benintendi to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to right center, Benintendi scored
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Nunez fouled out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Altuve singled to center
        • C. Correa: Correa grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)