Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Brett Oberholtzer pitched seven shutout innings
in his second major league start, and the Houston Astros stole six bases and
upended the Boston Red Sox, 2-0, in the opener of a three-game series.
Robbie Grossman and Brandon Barnes each drove in a run for the Astros, who won
for just the third time in 14 all-time meetings against the Red Sox. Boston
had won the previous seven encounters.
Oberholtzer (2-0), who gave up three hits in seven shutout innings at
Baltimore last Wednesday, limited the Red Sox to four hits and a pair of walks
while fanning two. The 24-year-old left-hander departed after throwing 101
pitches. He became the first pitcher to throw seven scoreless innings in his
first two games since Marty Bystrom in 1980 for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Josh Fields retired the final four batters, all on strikeouts, to get his
first career save.
John Lackey (7-9) piled up 10 strikeouts, but was charged with his third
straight loss after yielding eight hits and a pair of runs over six-plus
Dustin Pedroia had two of the five hits for Boston, which lost for the second
time in seven games.
Lackey limped off the mound to the dugout after rolling his left ankle
fielding a comebacker in the second inning.
L.J. Hoes singled in the fifth inning and stole second. After Jonathan Villar
walked, Grossman bounced a hit into right field.
Mike Napoli grounded into a force play to leave a pair of runners on base in
Jonathan Villar bunted for a hit in the Houston seventh. Junichi Tazawa
entered from the bullpen and struck out Grossman, but Villar stole second and
scored on Barnes' squeeze bunt in front of the plate. Villar was running on
the windup, so Tazawa's only play was to first base.
The AL East leaders put runners at the corners in the eighth, but Fields was
summoned to strike out Napoli to end the frame.
The Red Sox placed outfielder Daniel Nava on the paternity leave list Monday
... To fill Nava's spot on the active roster, Boston recalled right-handed
pitcher Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket ... Houston broke a four-game
skid ... Astros pitcher Sergio Escalona, who is currently of the roster of the
Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League, was suspended Monday as
part of the Biogenesis of America scandal ... Lackey went over the 2,000
innings pitched mark for his career.
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