Boston Red Sox

May 26, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) celebrates with third base coach Andy Barkett (58) after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

HOUSTON – The Red Sox avoided a series sweep, topping the Houston Astros 4-1 Sunday afternoon.

Eduardo Rodriguez tossed six strong innings of work, allowing one run on four hits. The lefty struck out five and walked one.

Rodriguez out-dueled Justin Verlander, who went seven innings and was tagged for three runs on six hits.

The Red Sox bullpen was strong in relief of Rodriguez. Brandon Workman and Matt Barnes tossed scoreless seventh and eighth innings respectively and Marcus Walden earned his first save of 2019 with a scoreless ninth inning.

Rafael Devers went 2-for-4 on the day, including a solo home run, his seventh of the year:

Andrew Benintendi drove in the Red Sox first run on a sacrifice fly in the third inning. The Sox also scored in the fifth inning when Benintendi grounded to second and Yuli Gurriel couldn’t field the ball cleanly.  Eduardo Nunez added a run-scoring groundout in the ninth inning.

The Red Sox return home Monday afternoon to open a series with the Cleveland Indians. Rick Porcello (3-4, 4.45 ERA) will take the ball against Jefry Rodriguez (1-4, 4.08 ERA).