• Brian L. Barefield

Astros Miss Opportunity To Sweep The Champs.

Houston, Texas - The Houston Astros lost their attempt to sweep the Boston Red Sox on Sunday losing by a score of 4 -1. Despite the loss the Astros still tout the best home record in the American League at 20-7 and won the season series against the Red Sox 4-2.

Starting pitcher Justin Verlander was looking to win his ninth game (8-2) of the season, but came up short after giving up three earned runs over seven innings with six strikeouts and no walks. He was able to complete a major milestone in the top of the fourth inning on his fifth strikeout of the game he went over 2,800 for his career.

"Against a tough team like that, I made a couple of mistakes, a couple of infield hits," said Verlander after the game. "With a lineup like that you have to limit baserunners and when they get a couple of guys on with infield hits it makes it really tough for your day."

Carlos Correa started his day off at the plate how he ended it last night by hitting a single to shallow left to drive in the first run of the game. He was the hero of the game last night after his walk-off RBI won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning 4-3.

The injury bug bit the home team once again with second baseman Aledyms Diaz leaving the game in the first inning with left hamstring discomfort. His injury along with catcher Max Stassi (left knee discomfort) on Saturday and outfielder George Springer (left hamstring) on Friday leaves the Astros looking for answers when it comes to having able bodies on the field.

"I am most frustrated about losing another player," skipper A.J. Hinch said to the media after the game. "I don't like those back to back days where you lose players. So I am irritated.

Unfortunately, that would be the only offense the Astros could muster up against the defending World Series champions as Red Sox's pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six strong innings only giving up one run on four hits and five strikeouts. Today's start marked his 100th of his career with the team going 62-38 in his starts and 9-1 in his last ten starts.

It was the left side of Boston's infield that caused Houston so much trouble today. Third baseman Rafael Devers and shortstop Eduardo Nunez who is on a seven-game road hitting streak, combined to go 4-for-8 in the victory. Devers homer in the top of the fourth inning put the Sox's up 2-1 and they never relinquished the lead after that.

Houston will now welcome in the Chicago Cubs for three games starting Memorial Day to complete a ten-game homestand.

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