Canada’s Nick Pivetta throws two-hit ball to lead the Red Sox past the Astros
BOSTON — Nick Pivetta threw two-hit ball, Xander Bogaerts hit a solo home run, Rafael Devers added an RBI double and the Boston Red Sox Beat the Houston Astros 5-1 on Wednesday night in the decider of their three-game series.
It marked the first complete game by a Red Sox pitcher since Chris Sale on June 5, 2019, in Kansas City. It was the first at Fenway Park since Rick Porcello against the New York Yankees on August 3, 2018.
Kike Hernandez and Christian Vazquez added RBI singles for Boston, which took two of three from the team that beat them in the American League Championship Series last season.
Pivetta (2-4) gave up a leadoff homer to José Altuve, but calmed down to retire the next 18 batters as Boston built a 5-1 lead. The Astros didn’t get their second hit of the day until Michael Brantley led off the seventh inning with a double.
Pivetta finished with eight strikeouts and did not walk. He threw 112 pitches, 78 strikes.
Houston’s Luis Garcia (3-2) lasted four innings, allowing five hits, five runs (three earned), three walks and a home run while striking out four. He coincided with his shortest outing this season, another four-inning day in his first start on April 12.
Altuve opened the game battling Pivetta for 10 pitches before going under a 95 mph fastball and popping out over the fence in center field for his eighth home run of the season to put the Astros ahead 1-0. .
Rafael Devers came on board with a one-out triple during the middle of the first for Boston and scored on JD Martinez’s sacrifice fly to right to tie it.
Bogaerts was next and jumped over Garcia’s third pitch, hitting a line drive just over the Green Monster for his fourth home run of the season to make it 2-1.
Hernández reached on a throwing error on Jeremy Peña in the third inning. He then scored on Devers’ double against the Monster.
Boston added two more in the fourth on back-to-back RBI singles by Vazquez and Hernandez to stretch the lead to 5-1.
Astros: Pitcher Jake Odorizzi said an MRI on his left leg showed damage that will sideline him indefinitely. Odorizzi was stretchered off the field after hearing a snap in his ankle during Monday night’s start against Boston that caused him to collapse after throwing a pitch. He said the current plan calls for rehabilitation to improve range of motion and strength. There is no set timetable for his return. “There is some other damage there, but not to the Achilles (tendon) itself,” Odorizzi said. “I would say it’s the best case scenario at the time.”
Red Sox: Right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha (left-sided soreness) is expected to be activated from the injured list and start Friday in Game 2 of Boston’s series against Texas, exposing a setback.
Altuve’s home run in the first inning was his fourth leadoff home run of the season and the 25th of his career.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Astros: LHP Framber Valdez (2-2, 2.93 ERA) will get the ball Thursday for Game 1 of Houston’s four-game series against the Rangers. Valdez faces Texas for the second time this season. He went no decision during Houston’s 6-2 loss on April 25.
Red Sox: LHP Rich Hill (1-1, 2.89) will start Thursday when Boston opens its four-game series against Seattle. He allowed two earned runs and no walks in six innings during an 11-3 win over the Rangers on May 14.