The Boston Red Sox came up short against the defending champion Houston Astros on Thursday, falling 4-2 in the opener of a four-game series at Minute Maid Park.
Shortstop Carlos Correa got things rolling for the Astros with a two-run home run off Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz in the first inning. Xander Bogaerts was able to tie things up 2-2 with a two-run double in the top of the third, but Houston battled back in the fourth inning with two more runs to go up for good.
Pomeranz went five innings in total, with all four runs earned. He struck out five and walked two.
Astros starter Lance McCullers, meanwhile, scattered four hits and two walks over six innings with Bogaerts' double being the lone blemish. He improved to 7-3 on the season, rebounding from a poor outing in his last start to lower his season ERA to 3.89.
The loss marked just the second time in the last 22 games that the Red Sox scored fewer than three runs.
Up Next: The Red Sox will look to rebound on Friday night. Chris Sale (5-2, 2.76 ERA) will take on Gerrit Cole (5-1, 2.05 ERA) in a matchup of two of the American League's marquee pitchers.
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