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Duran homers as Red Sox overcome errors to beat Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi was minutes away from a pregame assembly with catcher Christian Vázquez to go over the Houston scouting report when he discovered that Vázquez would not be competing with the Crimson Sox on Monday evening as a result of he had turn into a member of the Astros.

Eovaldi was capable of shake off the shock and disappointment that Vázquez had been traded and turned in a stable begin for the Crimson Sox in a 3-2 win over the Astros.

“He means so much to us,” Eovaldi mentioned of Vázquez, who was the longest-tenured participant on the workforce. “It is a kind of friendships that is by no means going to be gone, regardless that he isn’t with us now. However it’s undoubtedly troublesome having to say bye to him.”

Jarren Duran homered and drove in a career-high three RBIs, because the Crimson Sox overcame sloppy fielding early to get the victory on a day the Astros made a pair of necessary trades.

Together with Vázquez, Houston acquired first baseman Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles in a three-team commerce on the eve of the deadline.

“We’re bringing in a pair high quality guys, one man that is been within the playoffs and one man eager to get to the playoffs,” supervisor Dusty Baker mentioned. “Each of them are good gamers, each of them I heard are glorious teammates and veterans that may assist our ball membership … each of them picked up fairly a number of video games within the standings and I am hoping that they are pleased concerning the commerce.”

Vázquez was within the Crimson Sox lineup earlier than being scratched simply minutes earlier than the sport. Now, with a transfer to the opposite clubhouse at Minute Maid Park, he’ll attempt to assist the Astros make one other deep playoff push.

“When the information broke and it was true, it was unhappy,” Eovaldi mentioned. “However, on the identical time, you get ready to go on the market and get to do your job.”

Vázquez spoke briefly to reporters earlier than being whisked away by a Crimson Sox public relations staffer earlier than the commerce was introduced, however didn’t converse to the media after the sport.

Requested how he felt about being traded to the Astros, he mentioned: “It is a enterprise.”

Eovaldi (5-3) allowed 4 hits and no earned runs with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings to get his first win since June 8.

Houston led 2-1 after scoring twice, because of errors within the third inning.

The Crimson Sox nonetheless trailed by a run when Bobby Dalbec walked to begin the fifth. There have been two outs within the inning when Duran smacked his second homer of the season into the seats in proper subject to make it 3-2.

The 25-year-old Duran received the Crimson Sox on the board within the third inning when he drove in a run with a ground-rule double.

Houston starter Luis Garcia (8-7) yielded six hits and three runs in seven innings for his second straight loss.

“He was good, aside from Duran,” Baker mentioned. “Much like us final week in Oakland the place Tony Kemp killed us. He drove in all of the runs tonight. That was the distinction within the sport.”

Martín Maldonado singled with one out within the seventh to chase Eovaldi. He was changed by John Schreiber, and Jose Altuve grounded right into a double play to finish the inning.

Tanner Houck pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

The Astros went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring place whereas taking part in with out third baseman Alex Bregman, who went on the paternity listing Monday after his spouse Reagan went into labor with their first youngster.

Dalbec doubled to open the third and scored on a ground-rule by Duran to place the Crimson Sox up 1-0.

Altuve reached on an error by third baseman Christian Arroyo with no outs within the backside of the inning. Yuli Gurriel then reached on a fielder’s alternative by shortstop Xander Bogaerts, and Gurriel took second and Altuve went to 3rd on an error by Bogaerts on the play.

The Astros tied it when Altuve scored on a sacrifice fly by Yordan Alvarez. A double by Aledmys Díaz got here subsequent to ship Gurriel dwelling and put Houston up 2-1.


Crimson Sox: LHP Wealthy Hill (sprained left knee) was activated from the 15-day injured listing Monday, however the workforce hasn’t mentioned when he’ll make his subsequent begin.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers will make his third rehabilitation begin for Triple-A Sugar Land on Tuesday evening. McCullers, who has been out all season with a forearm pressure, threw 52 pitches in three innings in his final begin and is predicted to pitch longer Tuesday. … INF Taylor Jones was recalled from Sugar Land to take Bregman’s spot on the roster.


Houston’s Cristian Javier (6-6, 3.26 ERA) opposes Kutter Crawford (2-3, 4.15) when the sequence continues Tuesday evening.

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