Bregman HR helps Astros top Red Sox 5-3; go for sweep Sunday

BOSTON (AP) The Houston Astros proved last October they can win at Fenway Park.

With another postseason clash possibly coming next month, the Astros are showing they haven't lost their touch.

Alex Bregman hit his 30th home run, Charlie Morton returned from the disabled list with five solid innings and the Astros beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Saturday for their seventh straight win.

''We play excellent on the road and I'm proud of our guys for coming into this environment and continuing to play good,'' manager AJ Hinch said.

Houston won the first two legs of the three-game rematch of last year's AL Division Series. The defending World Series champion Astros go for a sweep Sunday night at Fenway, where the major league-leading Red Sox had won their last 10 series at home. Boston has only been swept once this season, in a three-game set against Tampa Bay in late August.

''I think it's great that we got off to a good start here, but when the clock strikes midnight tonight it don't matter,'' Bregman said. ''I think this team is worried about the next pitch and that's one of the reasons why we're good.''

Martin Maldonado also homered for Houston and Morton (14-3) delivered a few hours after being activated from the DL.

Morton, who missed his last start with discomfort in his right shoulder, allowed two runs and seven hits, striking out three and walking two. He allowed a run and three hits in the first inning, but Boston didn't score again until Xander Bogaerts' solo homer in the fifth.

Roberto Osuna took over in the ninth and got his 15th save despite allowing a run. Osuna got out of a jam when J.D. Martinez grounded into a double play.

The Red Sox were 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position after going 1 for 9 in the opener.

''It felt like we had traffic in both games and we haven't been able to cash in,'' manager Alex Cora said. ''They made some pitches too - you've got to give them credit.''

Eduardo Rodriguez (12-4) pitched 3 1/3 innings. Houston tagged him for five runs and six hits, including solo homers by Bregman and Maldonado.

Tyler White hit an RBI triple and scored on Jake Marisnick's sacrifice fly in the third, when a pair of runs put Houston up for good.

Bregman made it 3-1 in the fourth with his towering shot that bounced off a sign above the Green Monster, and Maldonado led off the fourth with his ninth of the season.

Bogaerts, who went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the first on a single after back-to-back singles by Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi.

Rodriguez was pulled after walking Springer with one out in the fourth. Maldonado led off the inning with a homer to left-center, the second in two innings off Rodriguez.

ALEX THE GREAT

The 24-year-old Bregman became the first Astros player to hit 30 homers in a season before age 25. He has reached base in 35 consecutive games and leads the majors with 79 extra-base hits.

''He's at the top of his game as of right now but he's going to get better,'' Hinch said. ''He loves baseball. I've never seen anybody that loves baseball more than him. He's kind of what a baseball player is supposed to be like.''

LAST CHANCE

The Red Sox were a swing away from walking off with a win. After getting one run against Osuna in the ninth, Martinez - who has 39 homers and 117 RBIs - was up with runners at first and third with one out.

Martinez hit a grounder to short that started a routine double play, ending hopes of a comeback.

''That's one of the good things when you play here and give yourself a chance, good things can happen,'' Bogaerts said. ''We had obviously one of our best players at the plate right there and he didn't come through, but nine out of 10 times he will.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (strained right forearm) threw 30 pitches during a bullpen sessions. McCullers, who's been out since leaving a start early on Aug. 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, said he's getting closer to returning. ''I still have a couple more boxes to check before we start getting into games, but this was a big step for me,'' he said.

Red Sox: RHP Matt Barnes is out indefinitely with inflammation in his left hip. Barnes, who last pitched Monday against Atlanta, said he didn't want to risk aggravating his hip during the stretch run.

UP NEXT

Astros: LHP Dallas Keuchel (11-10, 3.46) has won his last three starts.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (16-7, 4.20) held the Astros to two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings while getting the win on June 3 at Houston.

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  • W: C. Morton (14-3)L: E. Rodriguez (12-4)S: R. Osuna (15)
  • HR: HOU - M. Maldonado (9), A. Bregman (30), BOS - X. Bogaerts (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF41200112.262.344.437.7813.5
J. Altuve 2B40100012.316.382.448.8301.5
A. Bregman 3B41111124.299.401.563.9646.0
Y. Gurriel 1B40110014.277.311.409.7201.5
C. Correa SS51100015.242.326.415.7412.5
T. White DH31110210.296.378.599.9776.5
M. Gonzalez PR-DH00000000.247.324.409.7330.0
J. Marisnick CF40010003.207.265.391.6561.0
M. Maldonado C31211110.226.282.366.6487.5
T. Kemp LF40200001.283.371.413.7842.0
J. Reddick LF00000000.240.311.381.6920.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF31200210.341.432.6291.0615.5
    A. Benintendi LF50210004.293.372.481.8533.0
    J. Martinez DH50000005.332.403.6331.0360.0
    X. Bogaerts SS41321010.285.356.524.8808.5
    M. Moreland 1B40100024.247.320.447.7671.0
    I. Kinsler 2B40000013.249.309.401.710-0.5
    R. Devers 3B40000011.239.296.416.712-0.5
    C. Vazquez C20000110.214.258.300.5580.5
    a- B. Swihart PH11100000.229.280.306.5852.0
    J. Bradley CF40100011.229.308.397.7050.5
    • a-singled for Vazquez in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Correa (18)
    • 3B - T. White (3)
    • HR - A. Bregman (30), M. Maldonado (9)
    • SF - Y. Gurriel (7), J. Marisnick
    • RBI - A. Bregman (97), Y. Gurriel (70), T. White (32), J. Marisnick (24), M. Maldonado (43)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 2 (2), Y. Gurriel 2 (2), C. Correa 4 (4), J. Marisnick 2 (2), T. Kemp
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (40), M. Moreland (21)
    • HR - X. Bogaerts (21)
    • RBI - A. Benintendi (79), X. Bogaerts 2 (92)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi 3 (3), M. Moreland 2 (2), I. Kinsler 2 (2), R. Devers
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Correa-Altuve-Gurriel)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Devers-Kinsler-Moreland)
    • E - R. Devers (22)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Morton (W, 14-3)5.07222313.151.2012.5
    J. James (H, 1)2.21000403.520.917.0
    R. Pressly (H, 15)0.10000102.801.150.5
    R. Osuna (S, 15)1.02111002.591.096.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Morton (W, 14-3)5.0
    J. James (H, 1)2.2
    R. Pressly (H, 15)0.1
    R. Osuna (S, 15)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez (L, 12-4)3.16553423.641.24-8.0
    B. Workman1.22001002.481.130.0
    B. Poyner2.01000301.761.046.5
    T. Thornburg2.02001104.631.503.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez (L, 12-4)3.1
    B. Workman1.2
    B. Poyner2.0
    T. Thornburg2.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - R. Osuna (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 94-60, J. James 41-31, R. Pressly 5-3, R. Osuna 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 4-8, J. James 2-2, R. Osuna 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Morton 24, J. James 9, R. Pressly, R. Osuna 5
    PITCHING
    • HBP - B. Poyner
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 78-49, B. Workman 20-13, B. Poyner 28-20, T. Thornburg 22-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 1-5, B. Workman 4-1, B. Poyner 1-2, T. Thornburg 1-3
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 19, B. Workman 8, B. Poyner 8, T. Thornburg 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF41200112.262.344.437.7813.5
    J. Altuve 2B40100012.316.382.448.8301.5
    A. Bregman 3B41111124.299.401.563.9646.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B40110014.277.311.409.7201.5
    C. Correa SS51100015.242.326.415.7412.5
    T. White DH31110210.296.378.599.9776.5
    M. Gonzalez PR-DH00000000.247.324.409.7330.0
    J. Marisnick CF40010003.207.265.391.6561.0
    M. Maldonado C31211110.226.282.366.6487.5
    T. Kemp LF40200001.283.371.413.7842.0
    J. Reddick LF00000000.240.311.381.6920.0
    Total35511525821-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF31200210.341.432.6291.0615.5
      A. Benintendi LF50210004.293.372.481.8533.0
      J. Martinez DH50000005.332.403.6331.0360.0
      X. Bogaerts SS41321010.285.356.524.8808.5
      M. Moreland 1B40100024.247.320.447.7671.0
      I. Kinsler 2B40000013.249.309.401.710-0.5
      R. Devers 3B40000011.239.296.416.712-0.5
      C. Vazquez C20000110.214.258.300.5580.5
      a- B. Swihart PH11100000.229.280.306.5852.0
      J. Bradley CF40100011.229.308.397.7050.5
      Total36310313818-----
      • a-singled for Vazquez in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Correa (18)
      • 3B - T. White (3)
      • HR - A. Bregman (30), M. Maldonado (9)
      • SF - Y. Gurriel (7), J. Marisnick
      • RBI - A. Bregman (97), Y. Gurriel (70), T. White (32), J. Marisnick (24), M. Maldonado (43)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 2 (2), Y. Gurriel 2 (2), C. Correa 4 (4), J. Marisnick 2 (2), T. Kemp
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (40), M. Moreland (21)
      • HR - X. Bogaerts (21)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (79), X. Bogaerts 2 (92)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi 3 (3), M. Moreland 2 (2), I. Kinsler 2 (2), R. Devers
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Correa-Altuve-Gurriel)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Devers-Kinsler-Moreland)
      • E - R. Devers (22)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (W, 14-3)5.07222313.151.2012.5
      J. James (H, 1)2.21000403.520.917.0
      R. Pressly (H, 15)0.10000102.801.150.5
      R. Osuna (S, 15)1.02111002.591.096.0
      Total9.01033381---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (W, 14-3)5.0
      J. James (H, 1)2.2
      R. Pressly (H, 15)0.1
      R. Osuna (S, 15)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (L, 12-4)3.16553423.641.24-8.0
      B. Workman1.22001002.481.130.0
      B. Poyner2.01000301.761.046.5
      T. Thornburg2.02001104.631.503.5
      Total9.01155582---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (L, 12-4)3.1
      B. Workman1.2
      B. Poyner2.0
      T. Thornburg2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Osuna (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 94-60, J. James 41-31, R. Pressly 5-3, R. Osuna 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 4-8, J. James 2-2, R. Osuna 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 24, J. James 9, R. Pressly, R. Osuna 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - B. Poyner
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 78-49, B. Workman 20-13, B. Poyner 28-20, T. Thornburg 22-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 1-5, B. Workman 4-1, B. Poyner 1-2, T. Thornburg 1-3
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 19, B. Workman 8, B. Poyner 8, T. Thornburg 8
      • 9TH INNING
        Benintendi singled to left, Swihart scored, Betts to third53
      • 5TH INNING
        Bogaerts homered to left center52
      • 4TH INNING
        Gurriel hit sacrifice fly to right, Springer scored51
        Maldonado homered to left41
      • 3RD INNING
        Bregman homered to left31
      • 2ND INNING
        Marisnick hit sacrifice fly to center, White scored21
        White tripled to deep center, Correa scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Bogaerts singled to right, Betts scored, Benintendi to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Thornburg Pitching:
        • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa lined out to first
        • T. White: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, White walked
        • J. Marisnick: Marisnick grounded out to second, Gonzalez out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Marwin Gonzalez ran for Tyler White
        • Marwin Gonzalez ran for Tyler White
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Pressly
        • Blake Swihart hit for Christian Vazquez
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Swihart singled to left
        • J. Bradley: Bradley popped out to first
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked, Swihart to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Swihart to third, Betts to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Benintendi singled to left, Swihart scored, Betts to third
        • JD. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded out to second, Benintendi out at second
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tyler Thornburg relieved Bobby Poyner
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kemp reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • G. Springer: Springer reached on an infield single to third, Kemp to third, Springer to second on 3rd baseman Devers throwing error
        • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to left
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel popped out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Josh Reddick in left field
        • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Moreland doubled to right
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kinsler struck out looking
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Josh James
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Poyner Pitching:
        • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick flied out to center
        • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. James Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • JD. Martinez: Ball, Martinez lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Bobby Poyner relieved Brandon Workman
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Springer singled to center
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Altuve hit by pitch, Springer to second
        • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gurriel popped out to shortstop
        • Ca. Correa: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Correa grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Josh James relieved Charlie Morton
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Devers grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez fouled out to first
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Workman Pitching:
        • T. White: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, White grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Marisnick: Marisnick grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado singled to center
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Maldonado out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez flied out to shallow right
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts homered to left center
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado homered to left
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Kemp grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • Brandon Workman relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to center, Springer to third
        • A. Bregman: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman walked, Altuve to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel hit sacrifice fly to right, Springer scored
        • Ca. Correa: Correa grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Bregman out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Devers grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vazquez walked
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley singled to center, Vazquez to second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts walked, Vazquez to third, Bradley to second
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Benintendi flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve lined out to center
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman homered to left
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel singled to center
        • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • T. White: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, White walked, Gurriel to second
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Ball, Marisnick popped out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Betts doubled to deep left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi lined out to center
        • JD. Martinez: Foul, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts singled to left, Betts to third
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
        • Ca. Correa: Strike swinging, Ball, Correa doubled to left center
        • T. White: Ball, White tripled to deep center, Correa scored
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Foul, Marisnick hit sacrifice fly to center, White scored
        • M. Maldonado: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maldonado walked
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Foul, Kemp singled to right, Maldonado to second
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Springer flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers flied out to left
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bradley flied out to deep center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman lined out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Betts singled to left
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi singled to left, Betts to second
        • JD. Martinez: Ball, Martinez lined out to center, Betts to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts singled to right, Betts scored, Benintendi to second
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland lined out to right
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)