Boston Red Sox

May 18, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Hector Velazquez (76) is taken out of the game during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

BOSTON – The Red Sox lost the second game of their weekend series with the Houston Astros before they even recorded the second out of the night.

The Astros rocked Boston starter Hector Velazquez for five runs in the first inning en route to a 7-3 win over the Red Sox. Velazquez recorded just one out, gave up three hits, and walked two.

Houston’s Josh Reddick drove in two runs, one coming on a solo home run. Tyler White also added two RBI.

The Red Sox unsuccessfully tried to dig their way out of the hole. J.D. Martinez scored on a passed ball in the first inning, Mitch Moreland doubled in a run in the third, and Christian Vazquez hit a solo home run in the fourth.

But the Sox missed out on their best chance to get back in the game, squandering a bases loaded, one-out situation in the fifth when Xander Bogaerts struck out looking and Rafael Devers grounded out.

The Red Sox will try and avoid a sweep Sunday afternoon when Chris Sale (1-5, 4.24 ERA) takes the ball against former Boston southpaw Wade Miley (4-2, 3.51 ERA).