Springer hits 17th HR, Astros top Red Sox for 9th straight W

BOSTON (AP) The Houston Astros patiently waited out Rick Porcello through seven scoreless innings, then pounced when the Red Sox right-hander delivered a pair of mistakes.

Jake Marisnick led off the eighth with a double and George Springer drove the very next pitch from Porcello out for his AL-leading 17th homer as Houston won 3-1 on Friday night.

''Impressive win,'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ''Our pitching did really well to hang in there all the way to that last out. It was pretty exciting.''

The Astros continued their torrid month of May with their ninth straight victory and got a perfect eighth inning from right-handed reliever Ryan Pressly, who set a record with his 39th consecutive scoreless appearance.

The Astros trailed Porcello and the Red Sox 1-0 entering the eighth, when Marisnick doubled to left on a 1-1 slider. Springer was ready when Porcello threw a high changeup, belting it over Boston's bullpen in right-center.

''We were on our game for seven innings and then I messed up on two pitches and they capitalized on it,'' Porcello said. ''It's a heck of a job on their part and I've got to get better late in the game.''

The Astros improved to 12-3 this month and matched the 2017 World Series championship team for the best start in franchise history at 30-15.

Will Harris (1-0) got the win with one scoreless inning of relief. Roberto Osuna picked up his 11th save, getting Mookie Betts to fly out to right with two runners on to end it. Boston went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11.

Boston manager Alex Cora said it was his call to leave in Porcello, who had thrown 91 pitches through seven, and accepted the blame for the result.

''He doesn't deserve to lose that game,'' Cora said. ''The way he moved the fastball, changed speeds, everything he did was outstanding. That's the best lineup in baseball and he went seven scoreless.''

Houston won the opener of the three-game series between the last two World Series winners and a rematch of last year's ALCS, which Boston won in five games.

Christian Vazquez went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI for Boston, which entered the game second to only Houston for the best record in May at 10-3.

Porcello was replaced by Ryan Brasier, who allowed an unearned run after walking Michael Brantley and running into some defensive problems. Brantley took second on a passed ball and third on a wild pitch before scoring on Josh Reddick's sacrifice fly to right.

STILL SCORELESS

The Astros honored Pressly in the clubhouse with the ceremonial ''player of the game robe.''

Pressly helped himself with one of the top defensive plays of the night on a high chopper down the first-base line. Pressly was going full speed when he fielded the ball and threw it against his momentum, getting the ball to first baseman Yuli Gurriel in time without hitting Rafael Devers as he ran down the line.

The play ended the eighth and extended Pressly's string of scoreless innings, surpassing former Boston closer Craig Kimbrel, who had 38 in 2011 while with the Atlanta Braves.

''I just try to put it at the back of my mind as far as I possibly can. My job is to go out there and get people out and throw up zeroes as many times as I possibly can,'' Pressly said. ''It's a big moment for me in my career. I couldn't be any happier than to spend it with these guys on this team.''

STRONG STARTS

Porcello allowed two runs and six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Gerrit Cole pitched five scoreless innings for Houston, allowing six hits, walking one and striking out three. He was replaced by Hector Rondon, who allowed the game's first run after Xander Bogaerts led off with an in infield single and scored on a single by Vazquez.

Boston had been 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position before Vazquez came through and put Boston up 1-0.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: 2B Jose Altuve (strained left hamstring) is ''pain-free'' and could start some fielding work in the next few days, manager A.J. Hinch said. The Astros placed Altuve on the 10-day IL retroactive to Saturday. ... Aledmys Diaz started at 2B, but left in the middle of the second inning after running out an infield single. The Astros said Diaz had ''left hamstring discomfort.'' He was replaced by Tony Kemp, who made a diving stop on a sharp grounder by Vazquez in the fourth and likely prevented a run from scoring.

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. Pedroia, who has been limited to nine games over the past two seasons because of the knee, played five innings and went 1 for 3. ... Boston placed C Sandy Leon on the paternity leave list Friday and recalled Oscar Hernandez from Pawtucket. ... RHP Chandler Shepherd was designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Corbin Martin (1-0) makes his second career start. Martin made his big league debut Sunday, striking out nine and allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings against Texas.

Red Sox: RHP Hector Velazquez (1-2) was announced as Saturday's starter after the game.

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  • W: W. Harris (1-0)L: R. Porcello (3-4)S: R. Osuna (11)
  • HR: HOU - G. Springer (17)
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Marisnick (6)
      • HR - G. Springer (17)
      • SF - J. Reddick
      • RBI - G. Springer 2 (42), J. Reddick (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman 2 (2), C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, J. Marisnick 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Martinez (9), X. Bogaerts (12), C. Vazquez 2 (7)
      • RBI - C. Vazquez (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Vazquez (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts 2 (2), M. Moreland 4 (4), C. Vazquez, E. Nunez 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (3), X. Bogaerts
      FIELDING
      • PB - C. Vazquez (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole5.06001703.561.0411.5
      H. Rondon1.02110202.511.191.0
      W. Harris (W, 1-0)1.00000201.231.0211.0
      R. Pressly (H, 9)1.00000100.000.453.5
      R. Osuna (S, 11)1.01001000.470.418.0
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole5.0
      H. Rondon1.0
      W. Harris (W, 1-0)1.0
      R. Pressly (H, 9)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 11)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (L, 3-4)7.06221314.801.4011.5
      R. Brasier1.00102003.381.131.0
      H. Hembree1.00000303.321.214.5
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (L, 3-4)7.0
      R. Brasier1.0
      H. Hembree1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 99-62, H. Rondon 24-16, W. Harris 8-7, R. Pressly 11-8, R. Osuna 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 3-5, H. Rondon 1-0, R. Pressly 1-1, R. Osuna 2-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, H. Rondon 5, W. Harris 3, R. Pressly 3, R. Osuna 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Porcello (2), R. Brasier (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 95-61, R. Brasier 18-9, H. Hembree 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 7-11
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 28, R. Brasier 5, H. Hembree 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Brantley LF31000111.324.376.565.9411.5
      C. Correa SS30000101.296.358.572.9301.0
      J. Reddick RF30010000.326.377.435.8121.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B40100001.269.306.419.7251.0
      A. Diaz 2B10100000.266.307.519.8261.0
      T. Kemp 2B30000010.228.286.404.689-0.5
      R. Chirinos C40100022.267.394.535.9280.0
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        M. Moreland 1B40000024.222.310.556.866-1.0
        X. Bogaerts SS41300000.275.374.481.8567.0
        R. Devers 3B40000023.315.388.444.832-1.0
        M. Chavis 2B40000033.282.390.553.943-1.5
        C. Vazquez C40310001.311.362.519.8816.0
        E. Nunez DH40000014.181.200.250.450-0.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Marisnick (6)
          • HR - G. Springer (17)
          • SF - J. Reddick
          • RBI - G. Springer 2 (42), J. Reddick (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman 2 (2), C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, J. Marisnick 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Martinez (9), X. Bogaerts (12), C. Vazquez 2 (7)
          • RBI - C. Vazquez (15)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Vazquez (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts 2 (2), M. Moreland 4 (4), C. Vazquez, E. Nunez 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Betts (3), X. Bogaerts
          FIELDING
          • PB - C. Vazquez (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Cole5.06001703.561.0411.5
          H. Rondon1.02110202.511.191.0
          W. Harris (W, 1-0)1.00000201.231.0211.0
          R. Pressly (H, 9)1.00000100.000.453.5
          R. Osuna (S, 11)1.01001000.470.418.0
          Total9.09112120---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Cole5.0
          H. Rondon1.0
          W. Harris (W, 1-0)1.0
          R. Pressly (H, 9)1.0
          R. Osuna (S, 11)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Porcello (L, 3-4)7.06221314.801.4011.5
          R. Brasier1.00102003.381.131.0
          H. Hembree1.00000303.321.214.5
          Total9.0632361---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Porcello (L, 3-4)7.0
          R. Brasier1.0
          H. Hembree1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 99-62, H. Rondon 24-16, W. Harris 8-7, R. Pressly 11-8, R. Osuna 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 3-5, H. Rondon 1-0, R. Pressly 1-1, R. Osuna 2-1
          • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, H. Rondon 5, W. Harris 3, R. Pressly 3, R. Osuna 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - R. Porcello (2), R. Brasier (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 95-61, R. Brasier 18-9, H. Hembree 15-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 7-11
          • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 28, R. Brasier 5, H. Hembree 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Reddick hit sacrifice fly to right, Brantley scored31
            Springer homered to center, Marisnick scored21
          • 6TH INNING
            Vazquez singled to right, Bogaerts scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Heath Hembree relieved Ryan Brasier
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
            • R. Chirinos: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Pressly
            • M. Chavis: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Chavis grounded out to third
            • C. Vazquez: Vazquez doubled to left center
            • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to third
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Betts lined out to left
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Marisnick doubled to deep left
            • G. Springer: Springer homered to center, Marisnick scored
            • Ryan Brasier relieved Rick Porcello
            • A. Bregman: Bregman flied out to deep left
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley walked
            • C. Correa: Foul, Ball, Brantley to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Correa walked
            • J. Reddick: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Reddick hit sacrifice fly to right, Brantley scored
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Will Harris
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
            • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts flied out to left
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kemp flied out to shallow left
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Chirinos popped out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Will Harris relieved Hector Rondon
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Betts flied out to deep right
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Brantley flied out to right
            • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Correa grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Reddick flied out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Hector Rondon relieved Gerrit Cole
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts reached on an infield single to second
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Bogaerts stole second
            • M. Chavis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Chavis struck out swinging, Bogaerts to third
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez singled to right, Bogaerts scored
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Vazquez out at second
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp grounded out to second
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos reached on an infield single to third
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick grounded out to pitcher, Chirinos to second
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Springer out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi singled to left center
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Betts singled to center, Benintendi to third
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts stole second
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Correa flied out to left
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick flied out to deep right
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel popped out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Bogaerts doubled to deep left
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • M. Chavis: Strike (foul tip), Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Chavis struck out swinging
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • M. Betts: Foul, Betts lined out to center
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland flied out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick flied out to center
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel singled to center
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Diaz reached on an infield single to second, Gurriel to second
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gurriel to third, Diaz to second on wild pitch, Foul, Marisnick lined out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tony Kemp at second base
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts singled to center
            • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Devers lined out to center
            • M. Chavis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Chavis struck out swinging
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Vazquez doubled to deep left, Bogaerts to third
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Nunez grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman singled to center
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • C. Correa: Correa flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts lined out to third
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez doubled to deep right
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moreland lined out to left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)