Bogaerts’ Two Home Runs Helps Red Sox Hold Off Houston 6-5

Monday, June 19, 2017
GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Xander Bogaerts
Xander Bogaerts hit two home runs and had four RBIs as the Boston Red Sox held off the Houston Astros 6-5 on Sunday night in Houston. 

This was the first multi-home run game of his career. Bogaerts had only two career home runs entering the game. 

The Red Sox improve to 39-30 on the season. The win puts the Red Sox in a tie for first place in the AL East with the New York Yankees. 

Red Sox Hold on 

The Red Sox trailed the Astros 2-1 in the sixth inning before Bogaerts blasted a two-run home run to give Boston a 3-2 lead in the game. The home run was Bogaerts second of the game. 

Jackie Bradley Jr. would add a two-run double later in the inning as the Red Sox would go up 5-2 in the game. 

The Astros got to within 5-4 in the sixth on home runs by Jake Marisnick and George Springer, but an RBI single by Bogaerts in the seventh extended Boston’s lead to 6-4. 

Houston cut the Red Sox lead to 6-5 on an RBI single by Carlos Beltran with one out in the eighth. On that play, Jose Altuve was thrown out at home by Boston’s Andrew Benintendi, and then Yuli Gurriel struck out to end the inning. 

In the 9th, Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez caught Houston’s Derek Fisher stealing to end the game. 

David price got his second win of the season, despite giving up a season high 8 hits  with three runs and three walks in just over 5 innings. 

Craig Kimbrel came on in the 9th and earned his 20th save of the season. 

Next up

The Red Sox return to action on Monday, June 19 when they visit the Kansas City Royals. 

The pitching matchup is Boston’s Hector Velazquez against Kansas City’s Jason Hammel.

First pitch is set for 81:15 p.m. 

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