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Altuve, Beltran homer in Houston’s 7-1 win over Red Sox

  • Houston Astros' Carlos Beltran (15) celebrates his two-run home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Eric Christian Smith

  • Houston Astros' Carlos Beltran watches his two-run home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Eric Christian Smith

  • Houston’s Jose Altuve (right) celebrates with Carlos Correa after Altuve hit a solo home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello during Saturday’s game. AP

  • Houston Astros' Jose Altuve, foreground, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run as Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello, back right, watches the ball leave the yard during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Eric Christian Smith

  • Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, right, talks with starting pitcher Rick Porcello, center, as shortstop Xander Bogaerts looks on after Porcello walked Houston Astros' Carlos Correa to load the bases during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Eric Christian Smith

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello, left, talks with catcher Sandy Leon after Houston Astros' Jose Altuve RBI double during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Eric Christian Smith

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello, right, walks off the mound as Houston Astros' Carlos Beltran, left, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Eric Christian Smith

  • Houston Astros starting pitcher David Paulino delivers during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Eric Christian Smith

  • Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts dives back to first on a pickoff-attempt during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Eric Christian Smith

  • Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel, bottom, slides into second for a double as Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) catches the relay during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Eric Christian Smith

  • Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, right, turns a double play over Boston Red Sox' Mookie Betts to end the top of the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Eric Christian Smith


Associated Press
Saturday, June 17, 2017

HOUSTON – Jose Altuve hit a solo homer, Carlos Beltran had a two-run shot and three RBI, and the Houston Astros beat the Boston Red Sox, 7-1, on Saturday night.

Altuve led off the third with his homer off the train tracks above the left-center field facade, and Beltran followed three batters later with his ninth home run of the season to put Houston ahead 6-0.

Houston jumped on Boston starter Rick Porcello (3-9) for three runs in the first. Altuve had an RBI double, and Brian McCann and Beltran followed with sacrifice flies.

Yuli Gurriel scored on Norichika Aoki’s double play in the sixth to give the Astros a 7-1 lead.

David Paulino (1-0) allowed one run and three hits with four strikeouts in six innings for his first career win.

Chris Young led off the fifth with a solo home run for Boston.

Porcello gave up seven runs and 10 hits in six innings. Last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner lost his fourth straight – his second four-game losing streak this season – and has allowed five or more runs in three straight outings.

Training room

Red Sox: 1B Hanley Ramirez was out of the lineup for a second straight day with a spasm in his neck. ... RHP Tyler Thornburg had successful surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder Friday and is expected to return in 2018, Boston announced Saturday.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers (lower back discomfort) played catch Saturday and could start on Houston’s upcoming road trip, manager A.J. Hinch said. “There’s still some things he needs to do in order to satisfy everyone that he’s ready to start, but certainly the initial goal would for him to start on the road trip,” Hinch said. ... RHP Charlie Morton (right lat strain) will go with the team on the upcoming road trip and could go on a rehab assignment.

Up next

Red Sox: LHP David Price (1-1) will try to build on his last outing when he allowed three runs in six innings when he starts the finale of the three-game series Sunday night.

Astros: RHP Joe Musgrove (4-5) will start for the 12th time this season and second since coming off the DL on Monday when he starts Sunday. Musgrove will be looking to even his record after taking the loss in his last start, allowing two runs in 4⅔ innings against Texas.