Astros start fast; beat Red Sox 7-3 for 10th straight win

BOSTON (AP) The Houston Astros are sending an early message to the rest of baseball.

They're playing and sounding like they're the best.

Tyler White's two-run double capped a five-run first inning, Josh Reddick hit a solo homer and the Astros kept rolling, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Saturday night for their 10th straight victory.

''I feel like this is the team to beat,'' Reddick said. ''We have the target on us, even though we didn't make it all the way last year.''

Michael Brantley had three hits and an RBI for Houston (31-15), which matched the best start in franchise history - along with the 2017 World Series winning team - after 46 games. It's the Astros' second 10-game streak this season.

''We want to keep winning as many games as we can,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''Obviously, it's a huge accomplishment. These guys out here, they're playing hard, they're playing well, we're playing good defense, we're pitching, we're hitting. When we play all facets like that, we have a chance to win every night.''

Christian Vazquez hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who had won six of eight.

The Astros can complete a three-game series sweep Sunday when they send left-hander Wade Miley against Boston ace Chris Sale.

It's the first meeting between the teams since the Red Sox ousted Houston in last fall's American League Championship series en route to their World Series title.

Josh James (1-0) got the victory with three innings of hitless relief after starter Corbin Martin went four, giving up three runs, two earned, in his second major league start.

Boston spot starter Hector Velazquez (1-3) retired just one batter, giving up five runs and three hits with two walks and had a spattering of boos cascading down as he walked off.

''I made a couple of mistakes and tried to battle through it. I just couldn't,'' he said through a translator.

George Springer opened the game with a triple off the center-field wall, just over a leaping bid by Jackie Bradley Jr. on the first pitch. Brantley made it 1-0 with an RBI double over the head of right fielder Mookie Betts' leap at the shorter bullpen wall before Reddick's sacrifice fly.

Yuli Gurriel's bloop single made it 3-0 and chased Velazquez. White then hit reliever Colten Brewer's first pitch down the right-field line for a two-run double.

''That's what they do,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''They battle with two strikes and they put good swings with two strikes. It was a bad one today.''

MONSTER MAY

After losing their first two games this month, the Astros have won 13 of 14 and closed in on the longest winning streak in franchise history of 12, accomplished in 1999 and 2004.

TIME LAPSE

The first inning lasted 44 minutes. After Houston's big start, Boston loaded the bases on consecutive two-out walks and scored one run on Max Stassi's passed ball before Rafael Devers lined to left.

INTERESTING TO HEAR

Red Sox LF Andrew Benintendi's walk-up song is `Houston, We Got a Problem' by country music star Luke Combs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Hinch said he'd like to stay away from INF Aledmys Diaz, who exited Friday with left hamstring discomfort, for the rest of this series. ''He's not going to play unless it's a huge emergency of some sort,'' Hinch said. ''Luckily, the diagnosis is very mild.'' . Despite not being in the lineup, C Robinson Chirinos was fine after being shaken up by a foul tip late in Friday's win. ''It's predetermined that he was going to sit,'' Hinch said. . 2B Jose Altuve (Injured List, strained left hamstring) worked out on the field.

Red Sox: Both utility player Brock Holt (IL, scratched right eye) and 2B Dustin Pedroia (soreness left knee) continued their rehab assignments with Triple-A Pawtucket. Cora said Holt was scheduled to play second Saturday and Sunday with Pedroia the DH both days.

UP NEXT

Astros: Hinch shuffled his rotation and said Miley (4-2, 3.51 ERA) would start the series finale with RHP Brad Peacock being pushed to Monday.

Red Sox: LHP Sale (1-5, 4.24) looks to continue his stellar turnaround after a rough start this season. In his last outing, he became the first pitcher in major league history to strike out 17 in only seven innings and also the first ever with three or fewer hits, strike out at least 14 without allowing a walk in consecutive starts.

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  • W: J. James (1-0)L: H. Velazquez (1-3)
  • HR: HOU - J. Reddick (4), BOS - C. Vazquez (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Springer RF41100103.318.402.6651.0675.0
A. Bregman 3B32100206.270.381.572.9546.0
M. Brantley LF51310001.331.382.571.9546.0
C. Correa SS31110102.296.359.568.9274.0
J. Reddick DH41121002.324.372.451.8227.0
Y. Gurriel 2B41110111.268.309.415.7233.5
T. White 1B50220001.241.337.304.6415.0
M. Stassi C40200102.160.222.220.4423.0
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    A. Benintendi LF40100000.270.356.436.7921.0
    M. Betts RF31100110.287.401.479.8804.5
    J. Martinez DH31000103.315.398.533.9312.0
    M. Moreland 1B20110200.227.322.563.8855.0
    X. Bogaerts SS30000114.270.372.472.8440.5
    R. Devers 3B40000015.307.380.434.813-0.5
    M. Chavis 2B40100000.281.385.539.9241.0
    C. Vazquez C41111000.309.358.536.8956.0
    J. Bradley CF40000000.148.250.180.4300.0
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    R. Weber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (6), M. Brantley (12), T. White (5)
      • 3B - G. Springer
      • HR - J. Reddick (4)
      • SF - C. Correa (2), J. Reddick (2)
      • RBI - M. Brantley (32), C. Correa (28), J. Reddick 2 (13), Y. Gurriel (16), T. White 2 (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman 3 (3), C. Correa, J. Reddick, Y. Gurriel, J. Marisnick 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moreland (7)
      • HR - C. Vazquez (6)
      • RBI - M. Moreland (31), C. Vazquez (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moreland (6), C. Vazquez (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - X. Bogaerts, R. Devers 5 (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Brantley
      • PB - M. Stassi
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley (2)
      • DP - 2 (Bradley-Vazquez-Bogaerts-Devers; Devers-Chavis-Moreland)
      • E - X. Bogaerts (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Martin4.05324013.861.391.0
      J. James (W, 1-0)3.00001204.561.1816.0
      W. Harris1.00000101.150.963.5
      R. Osuna1.00000000.440.393.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Martin4.0
      J. James (W, 1-0)3.0
      W. Harris1.0
      R. Osuna1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Velazquez (L, 1-3)0.13552005.531.45-15.0
      C. Brewer2.23111205.601.642.0
      R. Weber3.04111111.131.133.5
      T. Thornburg2.02002007.131.532.0
      J. Smith1.01000104.911.362.5
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Velazquez (L, 1-3)0.1
      C. Brewer2.2
      R. Weber3.0
      T. Thornburg2.0
      J. Smith1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martin 74-38, J. James 48-30, W. Harris 12-9, R. Osuna 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martin 5-6, J. James 3-4, W. Harris 1-1, R. Osuna 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Martin 20, J. James 10, W. Harris 3, R. Osuna 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Brewer (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Velazquez 30-15, C. Brewer 40-26, R. Weber 63-44, T. Thornburg 36-20, J. Smith 17-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Brewer 4-2, R. Weber 7-2, T. Thornburg 2-2, J. Smith 1-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Velazquez 6, C. Brewer 12, R. Weber 15, T. Thornburg 8, J. Smith 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      G. Springer RF41100103.318.402.6651.0675.0
      A. Bregman 3B32100206.270.381.572.9546.0
      M. Brantley LF51310001.331.382.571.9546.0
      C. Correa SS31110102.296.359.568.9274.0
      J. Reddick DH41121002.324.372.451.8227.0
      Y. Gurriel 2B41110111.268.309.415.7233.5
      T. White 1B50220001.241.337.304.6415.0
      M. Stassi C40200102.160.222.220.4423.0
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      J. James P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      W. Harris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      R. Osuna P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        A. Benintendi LF40100000.270.356.436.7921.0
        M. Betts RF31100110.287.401.479.8804.5
        J. Martinez DH31000103.315.398.533.9312.0
        M. Moreland 1B20110200.227.322.563.8855.0
        X. Bogaerts SS30000114.270.372.472.8440.5
        R. Devers 3B40000015.307.380.434.813-0.5
        M. Chavis 2B40100000.281.385.539.9241.0
        C. Vazquez C41111000.309.358.536.8956.0
        J. Bradley CF40000000.148.250.180.4300.0
        H. Velazquez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        C. Brewer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        R. Weber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. Thornburg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        J. Smith P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Bregman (6), M. Brantley (12), T. White (5)
          • 3B - G. Springer
          • HR - J. Reddick (4)
          • SF - C. Correa (2), J. Reddick (2)
          • RBI - M. Brantley (32), C. Correa (28), J. Reddick 2 (13), Y. Gurriel (16), T. White 2 (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman 3 (3), C. Correa, J. Reddick, Y. Gurriel, J. Marisnick 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Moreland (7)
          • HR - C. Vazquez (6)
          • RBI - M. Moreland (31), C. Vazquez (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Moreland (6), C. Vazquez (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - X. Bogaerts, R. Devers 5 (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Betts (4)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - M. Brantley
          • PB - M. Stassi
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley (2)
          • DP - 2 (Bradley-Vazquez-Bogaerts-Devers; Devers-Chavis-Moreland)
          • E - X. Bogaerts (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Martin4.05324013.861.391.0
          J. James (W, 1-0)3.00001204.561.1816.0
          W. Harris1.00000101.150.963.5
          R. Osuna1.00000000.440.393.0
          Total9.0532531---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Martin4.0
          J. James (W, 1-0)3.0
          W. Harris1.0
          R. Osuna1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          H. Velazquez (L, 1-3)0.13552005.531.45-15.0
          C. Brewer2.23111205.601.642.0
          R. Weber3.04111111.131.133.5
          T. Thornburg2.02002007.131.532.0
          J. Smith1.01000104.911.362.5
          Total9.01377641---
          PITCHERSIP
          H. Velazquez (L, 1-3)0.1
          C. Brewer2.2
          R. Weber3.0
          T. Thornburg2.0
          J. Smith1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martin 74-38, J. James 48-30, W. Harris 12-9, R. Osuna 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martin 5-6, J. James 3-4, W. Harris 1-1, R. Osuna 2-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Martin 20, J. James 10, W. Harris 3, R. Osuna 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - C. Brewer (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - H. Velazquez 30-15, C. Brewer 40-26, R. Weber 63-44, T. Thornburg 36-20, J. Smith 17-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Brewer 4-2, R. Weber 7-2, T. Thornburg 2-2, J. Smith 1-1
          • Batters Faced - H. Velazquez 6, C. Brewer 12, R. Weber 15, T. Thornburg 8, J. Smith 4
          • 5TH INNING
            Reddick homered to center73
          • 4TH INNING
            Vazquez homered to right63
          • 3RD INNING
            Moreland doubled to deep left, Betts scored62
          • 2ND INNING
            Correa hit sacrifice fly to center, Bregman scored61
          • 1ST INNING
            Martinez scored, Moreland to third, Bogaerts to second on passed ball51
            White doubled to deep right, Correa and Gurriel scored50
            Gurriel singled to center, Brantley scored, Correa to second30
            Reddick hit sacrifice fly to left, Bregman scored20
            Brantley doubled to deep right, Springer scored, Bregman to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Josh Smith relieved Tyler Thornburg
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, White lined out to center
            • M. Stassi: Strike swinging, Stassi singled to left
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Will Harris
            • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Chavis lined out to center
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to third
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bradley grounded out to first
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • T. Thornburg Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley reached on an infield single to first
            • C. Correa: Foul, Strike looking, Correa grounded into double play third to second to first, Brantley out at second
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reddick flied out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Will Harris relieved Josh James
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland grounded out to first
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts flied out to center
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tyler Thornburg relieved Ryan Weber
            • T. White: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, White singled to deep left
            • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stassi walked, White to second
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, White out at third, Stassi to second
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked, Stassi to third, Marisnick to second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bregman lined into double play center to catcher to shortstop to third, Stassi out at home
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. James Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep center
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Weber Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Brantley grounded out to third
            • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Correa reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick lined out to left
            • Y. Gurriel: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Gurriel flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. James Pitching:
            • M. Chavis: Ball, Chavis flied out to deep right
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez grounded out to third
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bradley fouled out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Weber Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Reddick homered to center
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
            • T. White: Strike looking, White safe at first on shortstop Bogaerts fielding error
            • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Stassi singled to right, White to second
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Marisnick singled to center, White to third, Stassi to second
            • G. Springer: Springer reached on fielder's choice to third, White out at home, Stassi to third, Marisnick to second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bregman reached on fielder's choice to second, Springer out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Martin Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to center
            • M. Betts: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Betts singled to left, Benintendi to second
            • Josh James relieved Corbin Martin
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez flied out to deep center, Benintendi to third
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Betts stole second, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
            • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Devers grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Ryan Weber relieved Colten Brewer
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Springer grounded out to third
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first, Bregman to second
            • C. Correa: Correa grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Martin Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Devers grounded out to third
            • M. Chavis: Ball, Chavis singled to deep left, Chavis out at second
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez homered to right
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley flied out to center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Brewer Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • T. White: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gurriel to second on wild pitch, White grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Stassi grounded out to second, Gurriel to third
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Martin Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi fouled out to third
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • J. Martinez: Martinez flied out to right
            • M. Moreland: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Moreland doubled to deep left, Betts scored
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Brewer Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer flied out to deep center
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman doubled to deep left
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley singled to left, Bregman to third
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Correa hit sacrifice fly to center, Bregman scored
            • J. Reddick: Reddick grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Martin Pitching:
            • M. Chavis: Chavis grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to second
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Springer tripled to deep center
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Bregman to second, Brantley doubled to deep right, Springer scored, Bregman to third
            • C. Correa: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Correa walked
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick hit sacrifice fly to left, Bregman scored
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gurriel singled to center, Brantley scored, Correa to second
            • Colten Brewer relieved Hector Velazquez
            • T. White: White doubled to deep right, Correa and Gurriel scored
            • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stassi grounded out to third
            • J. Marisnick: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Martin Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Benintendi lined out to center
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts popped out to first
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland walked, Martinez to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked, Martinez to third, Moreland to second
            • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez scored, Moreland to third, Bogaerts to second on passed ball, Devers flied out to deep left
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)