Altuve, Beltran homer in Astros' 7-1 win over Red Sox

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And although a jammed left thumb has diminished Bogaerts' power after a 21-homer season previous year, he's on pace to set a career-high in doubles and has a.465 slugging percentage that beats his.415 career average.

Xander Bogaerts started the scoring in the first inning with a solo home run off Houston starter Joe Musgrove.

"The difference once again is elevation in the strike zone", Boston manager John Farrell said.

Rick Porcello's struggles continued on Saturday night as the Boston Red Sox fell 7-1 to the first place Houston Astros. Over his 58.0 innings and 4-5 record this year, Musgrove has a 4.81 ERA with 45 Ks and 18 BBs.

Technically, the Yankees still have a better winning percentage, but it's by less than two-tenths of a point - the Sox are 39-30, with one more win but also one more loss than NY - and so the standings show a tie for first place in the AL East.

Bogaerts' first-inning blast traveled to center field.

Neither pitcher provides a lot of confidence in a bet for tonight's game, but I think the Houston lineup is the one I trust more. Clearly, Bogaerts has the ability to go deep, even though he often seems more content shooting singles to the opposite field.

"Bogey offensively is the difference in this one", Farrell said.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, the Red Sox were up, 6-4, when Carlos Beltran singled.

Porcello gave up 7 runs and 10 hits in 6 innings.

Robby Scott replaced Barnes.

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Craig Kimbrel threw a flawless ninth for his 19th save.

An inning later, catcher Christian Vazquez caught Houston's Derek Fisher stealing to end the game. He trotted down to first base, trying to loosen up his knee.

INDIANS 9-6, TWINS 3-2 Jose Ramirez homered twice, doubled and drove in four runs as visiting Cleveland beat the Twins in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. But the Yankees lost six in a row during a brutal West Coast road trip that included two walkoff losses and four one-run defeats.

If this was meant to be a statement, consider it heard, loudly and perfectly clearly: Yes, the Boston Red Sox can hang with the Houston Astros.

"I think if you try to catch up to them you'll probably go double backwards", Bogaerts said. "They're confident. They don't mail games in".

Pirates 4, Cubs 3: Gregory Polanco broke out of a slump with a two-run homer and Andrew McCutchen hit his 12th home run of the season. He has 21 strikeouts with 11 walks and a 1.22 WHIP.

Fiers stranded runners in scoring position in the first (Dustin Pedroia) and second (Jackie Bradley Jr.) before bending in the third on the Moreland RBI single. He was backed up by three flawless innings by his bullpen as well.

The 'pen snapped its streak of 26 consecutive innings without a run, but never surrendered the lead.

Mookie Betts scored a run in the top of the seventh inning of Sunday's game in Houston the hard way.

Fiers was terrific but so too was Pomeranz, who carried a three-hit shutout into the seventh before McCann parked his 10th homer.

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