HOUSTON – The Red Sox saw a ninth inning rally wasted Saturday night in Houston, falling to the Astros 4-3.
Carlos Correa drove in the winning run with a single off Matt Barnes. Barnes failed to record an out in the inning, giving up a lead off double to Aledmys Diaz and walking the next two hitters before Correa’s game-winner.
The Red Sox trailed 3-1 entering the ninth inning, until Christian Vazquez tied the game with a two-run single.
But the Sox couldn’t do any additional damage in the ninth, and it proved costly. Steve Pearce struck out and Andrew Benintendi popped out with runners at the corners, and Mitch Moreland grounded out with the bases loaded to end the frame.
The Red Sox had to rely heavily on their bullpen after David Price left the ballgame in the first inning with flu-like symptoms.
Colton Brewer tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Travis Lakins was tagged for two runs in his 2 1/3 innings. Heath Hembree recorded two outs in the sixth inning before giving way to Hector Velazquez, who pitched the seventh and eighth innings and allowed one run.
Houston starter Brad Peacock threw six scoreless innings, striking out eight while surrendering four hits and one walk.