Houston Rockets: Astros reach 5 HR in 2nd, rout Red Sox 13-4


BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox starter Nathan Eolvaldi needed just five pitches to put the Astros in order in the first inning Tuesday night.

Houston responded by hitting five home runs against him as part of a nine-run second to tie the MLB record for most home runs in an inning, ending its night en route to Boston 13-4.

Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, Jeremy Peña, Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel all went far for the Astros, who set a franchise mark for home runs in one innings. It’s happened seven other times in league history.

Tucker added his second homer of the night and seventh of the season in the fourth inning — a grand slam against Tyler Danish — as Houston won for the 13th time in 15 games.

“Some days you throw it,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “It was our day today.”

José Urquidy (3-1) allowed 12 hits and four runs, including home runs to Rafael Devers and JD Martinez, but went five innings to record the win.

Eovaldi (1-2) became the third pitcher in major league history to give up five homers in one inning, joining Chase Anderson (Sept. 17, 2020 vs. the Yankees) and Michael Blazek (July 28, 2017 vs. the Nationals).

Eovaldi line: 1 2/3 innings, eight hits, nine runs (six earned) and five home runs on 39 pitches.

It was a particularly special night for Peña, a rookie who grew up in Rhode Island and played in Maine. His first game as a spectator at Fenway was in the 2018 playoffs, Boston beat Houston in the ALCS. Tuesday was his first game to play in a game at the park.

“I knew I was hitting hard. I didn’t know if it was hard enough to overcome the monster,” he said.

The team only heard about the record afterwards.

“We have a great ball club and we know it. We know we can do damage,” Peña said.

Devers put Boston ahead 1-0 when he pounced on Urquidy’s 95 mph fastball and drove it over the center field wall for his seventh homer of the season.

Things fell apart quickly for Boston from there.

Alvarez led the second with a burst down the middle to tie it up.

Gurriel hit a grounder at third, but Devers’ throw was mishandled by first baseman Franchy Cordero, allowing Gurriel to board.

Tucker then connected on an Eovaldi fastball and drilled his sixth homer of the season over the right field fence.

Peña hit back-to-back home runs when he sent a line drive into the left-center seats.

Eovaldi finally retired his first batter of the inning when Jose Siri swung out to the right.

Martin Maldonado was next and made a single, followed by a double by Jose Altuve. Brantley then cleared the bases with his right homer that pushed the lead to 7-1.

Alex Bregman was knocked out, but Alvarez kept the inning alive with a single.

Gurriel ended Eovaldi’s night when he hit the fifth and final homer of the inning to center.

“I had a quick first run and tried to do the same in the second run, and they didn’t miss,” Eovaldi said.

Boston took the lead in third after a two-run homer from JD Martinez.

But after calling off a double play on review, followed by a Devers error that allowed Alvarez to reach a defender’s pick, Houston charged the bases.

Tucker quickly knocked them out with a grand slam that made it 13-3.


Astros: RHP Jake Odorizzi was placed on the 15-day IL with lower leg discomfort. He left Monday’s game on a stretcher after collapsing awkwardly after throwing the last pitch of the fifth inning. RHP Seth Martinez has been recalled from Triple-A (Sugar Land) to take his place on the active roster. Odorizzi had an MRI on his leg, but the team did not reveal the specific injury.


According to MLB.com, since 1974, when inning-by-inning data began, no Red Sox pitcher had given up more than three home runs in an inning.


Astros: RHP Luis Garcia (3-1, 2.94 ERA) went five scoreless innings in his last start against Detroit, allowing five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts. He faced Boston three times last season, once in the regular season and twice in the ALCS. His last start in Game 6, he went 5 1/3 innings and allowed only one hit in the deciding series.

Red Sox: RHP Nick Pivetta (1-4, 5.08) has a 2.45 ERA in his last four starts after posting a 10.03 ERA in his first three outings.


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