Price has 12 Ks; Betts, Bogaerts homer as Red Sox top Astros
BOSTON >> David Price struck out 12, Mookie Betts had a three-run homer and Xander Bogaerts had a two-run shot to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 11-1 on Thursday night for their season-high fifth straight win.
Jackie Bradley Jr. singled twice and extended his hitting streak to 18 games, tying the longest streak in the major leagues this season. Bogaerts had three RBIs.
Thursday was supposed to be all about the first matchup between reigning Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel and Price, last year's runner-up.
Boston's bats ensured Price (5-1) easily took this one. He rallied after a slow start and allowed a season-low one run over 6 2/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 6.00.
Keuchel (2-5) gave up 10 hits and eight runs. He has allowed five or more earned runs in four of his last five starts, something he did only three times last year.
The night started out with mixed results for Price. He gave up two singles to open the game but struck out six batters over the first two innings.
Houston threatened early despite coming off a 16-inning win against Cleveland on Wednesday night. The Astros were positioned for big innings but left five runners on base over the first three innings with only one run.
As they have in recent games, Price's teammates had his back offensively.
Bogaerts hit his two-run blast over the Green Monster in the first inning. Bradley then extended his streak with an RBI single up the middle in the second inning that put the Sox up 3-1.
Since April 11, Boston has outscored opponents 40-11 in the opening inning and has hit 28 homers in its last 17 games. The Red Sox also have hit home runs in 13 straight games, their longest such streak since 2000.
Astros: Jason Castro (paternity list) is expected to rejoin the club Friday after he and his wife, Maris, welcomed a son, Brady, early Tuesday morning.
Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said there isn't a scheduled date for the next rehab start for RHP Joe Kelly (right shoulder impingement). There also hasn't been discussion of when he might rejoin the major league squad. Farrell said he expects to sit down with Kelly in the next few days to make that determination. ... LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right patella subluxation) is scheduled for his fourth rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.
Astros: RHP Lance McCullers (0-0) will make his season debut Friday night. The 22-year-old will be activated from the disabled list after recovering from right shoulder soreness.
Red Sox: RHP Steven Wright (3-3, 1.52 ERA) is coming off his first career complete game in a win over the Yankees. The knuckleballer will be making his seventh start of the season.