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He entered with a 1.38 ERA with 39 strikeouts against Houston.

He was almost flawless last night, taking a 5-0 lead the Red Sox offered him and cruising into the seventh before he allowed his only run. Wright was tapped the number 5 starter when Rodriguez got injured, but with his pitching he might be making the case that his spot in the rotation should be permanent. He’s allowed 10 hits, two walks and four runs in 9.1 innings (3.86 ERA) while striking out eight.

One of Colby Rasmus’ finest performances at the plate allowed the Houston Astros enjoy their highest-scoring game in almost two weeks.

Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts hits a single against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 22, 2016, in Houston. Holt singled Ortiz over to second before Josh Rutledge’s ground ball double down the line brought him home to narrow the score at 5-3. The Astros gave him a cowboy hat before Friday’s game.

Stephen Curry was in Houston watching the game and cheering on the Sox. McHugh allowed five runs on 10 hits over four innings. He also hit an RBI double in the eighth inning. Cuevas made his major league debut Thursday night and suffered the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings.

During their four-game losing skid, the Houston Astros were incapable of getting timely hits.

The outing was a vast improvement over the last time Wright pitched at Minute Maid Park.

NOTES: Red Sox RHP Carson Smith worked an inning at extended spring training and should begin an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

Xander Bogaerts was due for a day off anyway, not that the Boston Red Sox wanted it to come under these circumstances.

“No”, Betts said. “You know, you still got to play the game the right way”.

“The last three or four games we’ve come out and we’ve been able to put up a crooked number on the board early”, Farrell said. “We had some good energy, got the crowd going with us and everybody was having a good time”.

The Astros are 1-7 when allowing the first run.

“There was a little bit of an exhale getting a big hit with runners in scoring position to change the score against a good pitcher and somebody that Colby hasn’t hit in the past, ” manager A.J. Hinch said. Owens (1-1, 1.00 ERA) was 4-4 with a 4.57 ERA over 11 starts with the Red Sox last season.

The Astros haven’t won in any of Scott Feldman’s three starts, and the chances of earning a victory don’t appear promising given his struggles against Boston. He’s yet to face Boston. Dustin Pedroia owns a.418 average in the series, the highest for an opponent in Astros history with at least 100 plate appearances.

Pedroia and Ramirez each had two hits and an RBI on Friday. Hanley Ramirez is batting.368 against Houston and Betts is 14 for 30.

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