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Benintendi Homers Again, Red Sox Beat Astros 9-3 to Split Series

Andrew Benintendi hit his ninth home run as the Boston Red Sox earned a split of their four-game series with the Houston Astros in a 9-3 win on Sunday at Minute Maid Park.

After hitting just one home run in his first 32 games, Benintendi is now slashing .366/.445/.731 with eight homers and 24 RBIs in his last 24. He took Astros starter Charlie Morton into the second deck of the right field seats, just as the ESPN commentators were interviewing Houston manager A.J. Hinch.

First baseman Mitch Moreland also homered for the Red Sox off Morton in the first inning, his 10th long ball of the season.

The Red Sox tagged Morton for six runs in 5.1 innings. Meanwhile, Red Sox righty Rick Porcello allowed three runs (just two earned) in 6.1 innings, grabbing the win to move to 8-2 on season. Porcello allowed five hits, struck out five and walked two in the outing.

Up Next: The Red Sox get a day off on Monday before heading back home for a six-game homestand. They kick off a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park on Tuesday, with Steven Wright (1-0, 2.25 ERA) taking on Artie Lewicki (0-0, 3.60 ERA).

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