Grand slam, 5 RBIs by Rasmus helps Astros over Red Sox 8-3

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HOUSTON (AP) Colby Rasmus hit a tie-breaking grand slam in the fifth inning to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday that snapped a four-game skid.

He drove in a fifth run with a double in Houston’s three-run eighth for his most RBIs since he had six on June 2, 2011.

The game was tied a 1-1 and Clay Buchholz (0-2) had retired eight straight before walking Luis Valbuena with no outs in the fifth. George Springer singled with two outs before Buchholz plunked Carlos Correa to load the bases.

Rasmus then launched a 93 mph fastball with two strikes to the seats in right-center field for his fifth career grand slam and Houston’s second this season to make it 5-1.

Mike Fiers (2-1) allowed five hits and two runs with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings for his second win in a row.

Buchholz yielded six hits and five runs while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings to remain winless in four starts this season. It’s his first career loss to the Astros in five starts, which included two complete games. He entered with a 1.38 ERA with 39 strikeouts against Houston.

Mookie Betts hit a leadoff single and advanced to second on an error by Fiers on a pickoff attempt. Dustin Pedroia walked before the RBI single by David Ortiz made it 1-0.

Houston evened it up in the second inning when Marwin Gonzalez scored on a groundout by Jason Castro.

Fiers settled down after the single by Ortiz, retiring 15 of the next 16 batters before a double by Pedroia to start the sixth inning.

A single by Travis Shaw with one out in the inning loaded the bases and chased Fiers.

He was replaced by Will Harris, and Brock Holt hit a sacrifice fly that scored Pedroia to cut the lead to 5-2. But Harris retired Chris Young to limit the damage.

The Red Sox added a run on a double by Josh Rutledge with two outs in the eighth.


Red Sox: Xander Bogaerts was out of the lineup Saturday after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch from Luke Gregerson in the ninth inning on Friday night. The Red Sox don’t think the injury is serious, and he could return on Sunday.


Dallas Keuchel was presented with his second straight Gold Glove award and Jose Altuve collected his Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards before Saturday’s game. Keuchel also picked up trophies for being named Houston’s MVP and pitcher of the year from the local Baseball Writers’ Association of America chapter. Also honored by that chapter was Carlos Correa, who was the rookie of the year.


Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry raved about Correa a day after spending time with him before attending Friday night’s game.

“He’s a young talent that is going to be around for a long time,” Curry said. “He is a really humble guy who has a great attitude (and) is passionate about what he does. He enjoys the opportunity he has playing in the majors, so I got to see behind the scenes of how he gets ready for games.”

Last year’s MVP is in town for a first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. Game 4 is Sunday.


Red Sox: Left-hander Henry Owens will make his 2016 major league debut in the series finale on Sunday. Owens went 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Pawtucket this season before being called up.

Astros: Scott Feldman (0-2, 4.11) will look for his first win when he starts on Sunday. Feldman allowed four runs – three earned – in five innings of a 7-5 loss to Texas on Tuesday.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.