Marisnick's bat, glove help Astros top Sale, Red Sox 4-3

HOUSTON (AP) Thrust into an everyday role because of injuries, Jake Marisnick is making the most of his opportunity with the Houston Astros.

Marisnick homered early off Chris Sale, then made two dazzling defensive plays in center field to help the Astros beat the mistake-prone Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Friday night.

''There's not much not to like (about him) in a game like that,'' manager AJ Hinch said. ''When you're a bench player ... you just want an opportunity. You just want a chance to show it. And he's doing great things on the field. It's pretty impressive.''

It looks like Marisnick could get more chances for consistent playing time after George Springer injured his left hamstring sliding to try and catch a foul ball in the eighth inning in his first game back after missing four games with a stiff back. Hinch said they'd know more on Saturday, but it looks as if he'll be headed to the injured list.

''I'm not looking forward to the diagnosis, it doesn't look good,'' Hinch said. ''He never pulls himself out of the game like that. He was limping from the very beginning.''

In a matchup of the last two World Series winners, the Red Sox committed three errors, not looking nearly as sharp as they did in their last visit to Minute Maid Park when they captured the pennant with a 4-1 win in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series in October. The Astros took two of three last weekend at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox did end Ryan Pressly's MLB-record streak of 40 straight scoreless appearances when Jackie Bradley Jr. launched the first pitch from the Houston reliever for a home run in the eighth inning.

Wade Miley (5-2) yielded four hits and two runs in six innings, striking out a season-high eight to win his fourth straight decision.

All of Boston's errors came in the first four innings to help the Astros build a 4-0 lead.

''You've got to play clean against them,'' manager Alex Cora said. ''They do more than hitting. They run the bases well, they're very athletic. It was a weird one. It was one of those that, if we played better defense, we'd have a chance.''

Xander Bogaerts hit a solo homer in the sixth and Bradley made it 4-2.

Christian Vazquez homered off Roberto Osuna with two outs in the ninth, but the Houston closer struck out Bradley for his 13th save. It was his 25th consecutive converted save, a franchise record.

Sale (1-6) gave up three hits and four runs, but only two of them were earned, in six innings. He struck out five after fanning 10 or more in each of his last four starts - he struck out 10 against the Astros in his previous outing, getting a no-decision in a game Boston eventually won.

Sale was asked about having just one win this season.

''I don't really care whether I'm 6-1, 1-6 or 0-0 for the whole year, I just want to win the games that I pitch in,'' he said. ''Obviously, you want to be on the other end of it and I'm not the biggest fan of coming in here to a quiet clubhouse. It's on me. It's on my shoulders and I've got to find a way to win.''

Marisnick robbed Andrew Benintendi of a hit with a diving catch in the fifth. Marisnick got him again for the first out of the ninth when he sprinted to make a nifty, over-the-shoulder catch at the wall.

''Anytime you get a chance to get in there and get consistent reps and see pitching consistently it makes it a little bit easier to make adjustments,'' Marisnick said. ''When you're not playing every day and you're trying to make adjustments and make things work it's hard. So it's been nice to play every day.''

Boston's J.D. Martinez also returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games because of a back problem.

The defensive struggles for the Red Sox began in the second inning. Aledmys Diaz singled with one out and reached second on a wild pitch by Sale. He scored when Josh Reddick reached on a throwing error by first baseman Steve Pearce.

Marisnick hit a solo homer in the third. Houston added two runs in the fourth on a wild throw home by shortstop Bogaerts and a sacrifice fly by Springer.

Miley retired the first 10 batters, striking out six. He got Martinez to ground into an inning-ending double play in the fourth with two runners on, and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth by striking out Bradley and retiring Michael Chavis on a lineout.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Brock Holt (shoulder) moved from Triple-A Pawtucket to Double-A Portland on Friday to continue his rehabilitation assignment. Manager Alex Cora said there is a possibility that he could join the team sometime this weekend.

Astros: 2B Jose Altuve (hamstring) continued to ramp up his activity on Friday and Hinch said he is nearing a rehabilitation assignment.

THEY SAID IT

Hinch on taking advantage of Boston's mistakes: ''We win a lot of games, but very rarely do we win (where) we get outhit. We just played a cleaner game than they did.''

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP David Price (2-2, 3.29 ERA) will start for Boston when the series continues on Saturday. Price has a 2.17 ERA with 33 strikeouts in his last five starts.

Astros: RHP Brad Peacock (8-1, 2.24 ERA) is scheduled to start for Houston on Saturday after striking out nine in five scoreless innings against the White Sox for his third straight win in his last start.

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  • W: W. Miley (5-2)L: C. Sale (1-6)S: R. Osuna (13)
  • HR: BOS - C. Vazquez (7), X. Bogaerts (9), J. Bradley (3), HOU - J. Marisnick (6)
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S. Leon C20000110.175.298.275.5730.5
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    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (14)
    • HR - X. Bogaerts (9), C. Vazquez (7), J. Bradley (3)
    • RBI - X. Bogaerts (33), C. Vazquez (17), J. Bradley (11)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Vazquez (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chavis 3 (3), M. Moreland 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Marisnick (6)
    • SF - G. Springer (4)
    • RBI - G. Springer (43), J. Marisnick 2 (13)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman, C. Correa, A. Diaz 2 (2), T. White, J. Marisnick 3 (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - X. Bogaerts 2 (4), S. Pearce (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Diaz-Correa-Gurriel)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale (L, 1-6)6.03422514.191.0611.5
    M. Walden1.01000001.530.822.0
    H. Hembree1.00003103.131.220.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale (L, 1-6)6.0
    M. Walden1.0
    H. Hembree1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    W. Miley (W, 5-2)6.04112813.321.1625.0
    W. Harris (H, 6)1.00000101.020.963.5
    R. Pressly (H, 11)1.02111310.410.550.5
    R. Osuna (S, 13)1.01110210.810.459.0
    PITCHERSIP
    W. Miley (W, 5-2)6.0
    W. Harris (H, 6)1.0
    R. Pressly (H, 11)1.0
    R. Osuna (S, 13)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Sale (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 89-56, M. Walden 12-8, H. Hembree 26-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 4-12, M. Walden 3-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 26, M. Walden 4, H. Hembree 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 102-61, W. Harris 13-9, R. Pressly 24-13, R. Osuna 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 3-6, W. Harris 1-1
    • Batters Faced - W. Miley 23, W. Harris 3, R. Pressly 6, R. Osuna 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Betts RF40200000.293.407.492.8993.0
    X. Bogaerts SS31111111.289.382.505.8876.5
    J. Martinez DH30000112.302.387.512.8990.5
    S. Pearce 1B30100020.177.250.253.5030.0
    a- M. Moreland PH-1B10000012.236.329.569.899-0.5
    A. Benintendi LF40000021.261.355.408.763-1.0
    E. Nunez 3B40100010.190.207.250.4570.5
    S. Leon C20000110.175.298.275.5730.5
    b- C. Vazquez PH11111000.300.343.515.8586.0
    J. Bradley CF41111033.170.259.272.5314.5
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    • a-struck out for Pearce in the 8th
    • b-homered for Leon in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF30010001.308.389.6431.0321.0
    T. Kemp LF00000000.239.304.408.7120.0
    A. Bregman 3B30000102.261.388.551.9391.0
    C. Correa SS40000012.284.346.546.893-0.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40000001.257.297.410.7070.0
    A. Diaz 2B31100122.272.311.489.8002.0
    R. Chirinos C21000211.250.384.483.8662.5
    J. Reddick LF-RF41100002.329.383.453.8372.0
    T. White DH30000113.226.318.312.6300.5
    J. Marisnick CF41221014.284.340.558.8987.5
    W. Miley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (14)
      • HR - X. Bogaerts (9), C. Vazquez (7), J. Bradley (3)
      • RBI - X. Bogaerts (33), C. Vazquez (17), J. Bradley (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Vazquez (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chavis 3 (3), M. Moreland 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Marisnick (6)
      • SF - G. Springer (4)
      • RBI - G. Springer (43), J. Marisnick 2 (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman, C. Correa, A. Diaz 2 (2), T. White, J. Marisnick 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - X. Bogaerts 2 (4), S. Pearce (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Diaz-Correa-Gurriel)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (L, 1-6)6.03422514.191.0611.5
      M. Walden1.01000001.530.822.0
      H. Hembree1.00003103.131.220.5
      Total8.0442561---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (L, 1-6)6.0
      M. Walden1.0
      H. Hembree1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Miley (W, 5-2)6.04112813.321.1625.0
      W. Harris (H, 6)1.00000101.020.963.5
      R. Pressly (H, 11)1.02111310.410.550.5
      R. Osuna (S, 13)1.01110210.810.459.0
      Total9.07333143---
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Miley (W, 5-2)6.0
      W. Harris (H, 6)1.0
      R. Pressly (H, 11)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 13)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Sale (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 89-56, M. Walden 12-8, H. Hembree 26-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 4-12, M. Walden 3-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 26, M. Walden 4, H. Hembree 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 102-61, W. Harris 13-9, R. Pressly 24-13, R. Osuna 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 3-6, W. Harris 1-1
      • Batters Faced - W. Miley 23, W. Harris 3, R. Pressly 6, R. Osuna 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Vazquez homered to left center34
      • 8TH INNING
        Bradley homered to center24
      • 6TH INNING
        Bogaerts homered to left center14
      • 4TH INNING
        Springer hit sacrifice fly to left, Reddick scored04
        Marisnick reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Chirinos scored, Reddick to third on shortstop Bogaerts throwing error03
      • 3RD INNING
        Marisnick homered to left02
      • 2ND INNING
        Reddick safe at first on 1st baseman Pearce throwing error, Diaz scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Pressly
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep center
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • Christian Vazquez hit for Sandy Leon
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Vazquez homered to left center
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Will Harris
        • J. Bradley: Bradley homered to center
        • M. Chavis: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chavis struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts singled to center
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul
        • Bogaerts struck out looking
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Betts to second
        • Mitch Moreland hit for Steve Pearce
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Heath Hembree relieved Marcus Walden
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel flied out to center
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz walked
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked, Diaz to second
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick flied out to deep center, Diaz to third
        • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, White walked, Chirinos to second
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Will Harris relieved Wade Miley
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez grounded out to third
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Leon popped out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Marcus Walden relieved Chris Sale
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Marisnick reached on an infield single to third
        • G. Springer: Springer reached on fielder's choice to second, Marisnick out at second
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman reached on fielder's choice to second, Springer out at second
        • C. Correa: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Correa reached on fielder's choice to second, Bregman out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts flied out to deep right
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts homered to left center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to third
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • R. Chirinos: Chirinos popped out to second
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick popped out to shortstop
        • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, White flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pearce singled to left center
        • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi lined out to center
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Nunez singled to left, Pearce to second
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Leon walked, Pearce to third, Nunez to second
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • M. Chavis: Chavis lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Correa lined out to shortstop
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Diaz: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • M. Chavis: Strike swinging, Chavis grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts doubled to left center
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bogaerts out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick singled to center, Chirinos to third
        • T. White: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
        • J. Marisnick: Marisnick reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Chirinos scored, Reddick to third on shortstop Bogaerts throwing error
        • G. Springer: Springer hit sacrifice fly to left, Reddick scored
        • A. Bregman: Bregman flied out to deep right
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Nunez flied out to center
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marisnick homered to left
        • G. Springer: Springer lined out to right
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
        • Y. Gurriel: Pickoff attempt, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bregman to second on shortstop Bogaerts fielding error
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel flied out to deep left
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz singled to right center
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick safe at first on 1st baseman Pearce throwing error, Diaz scored, In play
        • T. White: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, White popped out to second
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chavis struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts flied out to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts popped out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer flied out to deep center
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bregman lined out to left
        • C. Correa: Correa flied out to deep left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)