Astros Rally, Overcome Price, Red Sox 6-3 for 6th Win in Row

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September 08, 2018 - 12:24 am

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BOSTON (AP) _ Carlos Correa hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth 
inning and the Houston Astros won their sixth straight game, rallying past the 
Boston Red Sox 6-3 Friday night in a matchup of AL division leaders.
 
     The Red Sox, with the best record in the majors, had won three in row.
 
 Boston starter David Price had allowed just one hit and retired 14 in a row 
when he went into the seventh with a 2-0 lead. He left after Alex Bregman's 
double and a walk and, after Ryan Brasier took over, the Astros scored three 
times.  J.D. Martinez tied it with a single for his second RBI of the game.
 
 Houston then scored three times in the eighth. Correa put the AL Central 
leaders ahead, a wild pitch by Joe Kelly (4-2) scored another run and Tyler 
White added an RBI single.
 
 Ryan Pressly (2-1) got two outs and Roberto Osuna posted his 14th save.  Astro 
starter Gerrit Cole went six innings, giving up five hits and two runs and 
striking out eight.
 
 Price tied a season-high with 10 strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings, allowing two 
hits and two runs. Boston had won the previous nine games he had started.
 
 Yuli Gurriel's RBI double and Tony Kemp's two-run double off Brasier made it 
3-2.
 
 Martinez put AL East-leading  Boston in front 1-0 with a sacrifice fly that 
scored Mookie Betts.
 
 Xander Bogaerts hit his 20th home run to open the Boston fourth. He had an 
opportunity to put up more runs in the fifth but struck out with the bases 
loaded to end the inning.
 
     TRAINER'S ROOM
 
 Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora said LHP Chris Sale (mild left shoulder 
inflammation) will return to the rotation as the ``opener'' when Boston begins 
its three-game series against Toronto. Sale will be limited to about two innings 
for 40 pitches. ... Cora also announced that 2B Dustin Pedroia has been 
officially shut down for the remainder of 2018. Cora said the 35-year-old 
veteran had an additional arthroscopic surgery on his left knee while rehabbing 
in Arizona in July to cleanup some scar tissue. Pedroia had two initial 
procedures on the knee last October.
 
     INJURY TIMEOUT
 
 There was about a 13-minute delay between at-bats in the second inning after 
home plate umpire Brian O'Nora was escorted off the field after being hit int 
the face by a foul tip. James Hoye moved from first base and took his place 
behind the plate. They went with a three-person crew the rest of the game.
 
     UP NEXT
 
 Astros: RHP Charlie Morton is 0-1 with a 4.60 ERA and 17 strikeouts in three 
career starts against Boston.
 
 Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (12-3) is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three career 
outings (three starts) against Houston.