BOSTON – The Red Sox avoided a series sweep at the hands of the World Series champs, picking up a walk-off 6-5 win over the Astros Sunday night at Fenway Park.
Mitch Moreland’s two-out single in the ninth drove in the winning run for Boston, capping off a wild game that saw both teams pile on runs as part of big innings and squander opportunities in others.
The Red Sox bullpen once again failed to hold a lead, this time combining with Rick Porcello to give away a four run lead in the sixth.
Jose Altuve led off the inning with a solo home run before Porcello was pulled from the game with two runners on. Heath Hembree allowed both me to score on a Tyler White RBI double, before White came around to score on a Josh Reddick RBI double off Brian Johnson.
Neither Johnson or Hembree recorded an out.
The Sox had just expanded their lead to four in the bottom of the fifth on a three-run homer from J.D. Martinez, his 40th of the season.
The Astros thought they scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on a close play the plate. Altuve was called out on a tag by Sandy Leon, a ruling that was upheld after a lengthy video review.
The Red Sox squandered a bases loaded, one-out opportunity in the eighth. Astros lefty Tony Sipp came on and struck out pinch-hitters Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez to get out of the jam.
Xander Bogaerts continued his hot streak, going 4-for-4 with a RBI. Bogaerts is now batting .291 on the season with an .891 OPS.
The Red Sox will open up a series on Tuesday with the Blue Jays. Chris Sale is scheduled to return from the disabled list and is expected to throw two innings before handing off to Nathan Eovaldi.