American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, July 13
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (42-52) at Houston Astros (40-55), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Clay Buchholz (3-5, 6.11)
Houston - Brad Peacock (3-5, 4.30)
(SportsNetwork.com) - In the rubber match of a three-game weekend series, the
Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros will close out the season's first half
on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
Clay Buchholz, who's just 3-5 with a bloated 6.11 ERA this season, will take
the mound for the Red Sox.
While success has come few and far between for Buchholz on the year, he has
managed to pitch into the seventh inning in three straight starts. He gave up
just five hits and a walk over seven innings of work against the White Sox on
July 7 while striking out seven, but he earned the loss after yielding four
Buchholz has a 3.38 ERA in July, his lowest in any month this season.
The Astros will counter with Brad Peacock, who's 3-5 with a 4.30 ERA.
Peacock has been an impressive cog in Houston's rotation of late, allowing two
earned runs or fewer in six of his last eight starts. In his most recent
outing on July 8 against the Rangers, he earned the win after yielding two
runs in 5 2/3 innings while striking out five.
The 26-year-old right-hander has a 5.40 ERA in 88 1/3 career innings at Minute
The Astros captured their fourth win in the past five games on Saturday
afternoon in thrilling fashion, taking the lead in the bottom of the eighth on
an RBI single by Chris Carter and holding on for a 3-2 victory.
"That was a big hit for us and we needed that run right there in that
situation," Carter said. "I was just glad I was in the situation to come
through for us."
Carter finished with just the one hit, but it was good enough to extend his
hitting streak to a career-high eight games. He has six home runs and 10 RBI
in that span.
Jason Castro blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the third, his eighth
of the season.
After Brett Oberholtzer went 6 1/3 innings allowing 11 hits and two earned
runs in a no-decision, Josh Fields (2-4) picked up the victory with 1 2/3
scoreless innings of relief.
Chad Qualls recorded the final two outs for his 10th save as Houston beat
Boston for only the second time in the last 12 meetings.
Jake Peavy's (1-8) hard luck continued for the Red Sox, as he was saddled with
the loss despite striking out nine in seven innings while yielding just three
David Ortiz belted his 20th homer of the year, a solo shot in the fourth.
Brock Holt went 3-for-5 for his second straight multi-hit game.
07/13 10:32:29 ET