Red Sox rally past Astros for 10-9 victory
BOSTON >> Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer and Ryan Hanigan had three singles and drove in four to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 10-9 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.
It was the seventh win in eight games for the Red Sox, and completed a 6-1 homestand in which they score 73 runs.
Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. had a single to extend his majors' longest hitting streak this season to 21 games.
Luis Valbuena had a three-run homer and five RBIs for the Astros, and Carlos Correa added a solo homer.
Heath Hembree (2-0) pitched two innings of relief for the win. Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 10th save.
Boston DH David Ortiz had the day off to rest his legs after getting a double, triple and homer in a game for the first time in his career on Saturday.
Red Sox left fielder Brock Holts was ejected by home plate umpire Joe West after getting called out on strikes.
In a game that had four lead changes, the Red Sox regained the edge 9-8 in the seventh against Scott Feldman (2-3). Hanigan's routine fly ball fell between center fielder Carlos Gomez and right fielder George Springer, allowing Josh Rutledge to score from first. Mookie Betts followed with a triple to the right-center gap.
Trailing 8-6 in the sixth, the Astros scored three times. Third baseman Rutledge's two-out throwing error allowed a run before Colby Rasmus' RBI double tied it. Tyler White followed with a run-scoring single.
The Red Sox had pushed ahead with four in the second against rookie Chris Devenski. Hanigan had an RBI single before Bogaerts homered over the Green Monster, making it 6-3.
An inning later, Hanigan's two-out, two-run single made it 8-4.
Boston starter Sean O'Sullivan was charged with six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Devenski lasted just two innings in his fourth major-league start, getting tagged for six runs.
Valbuena homered into the bleachers over the Astros' bullpen.
Astros: Gomez was shaken up diving back hard into second on an attempted pickoff, but stayed in the game.
Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee) and RHP Joe Kelly (right shoulder impingement) would both make another rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Astros: Off Monday. Reigning Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 5.58 ERA) looks to end his four-game losing streak in the opener of a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (6-1, 3.11) is set to face Royals' RHP Yordano Ventura (3-2, 4.62 ERA) in the first of three in Kansas City. Porcello has pitched at least six innings in 15 consecutive starts, the majors' longest active streak.
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