The big takeaway for the Red Sox from their extra-inning defeat to the Astros? They showed fight, but they also showed they have more work to do.
The Boston Red Sox opened their final homestand before the All-Star break with a wild loss to the Houston Astros that had a little of everything.
First baseman Mike Napoli allowed Preston Tucker's hard grounder to bounce past him for an error, and Carlos Correa followed with a tiebreaking single in a four-run 10th inning that lifted the Ho
Final: Astros 12, Red Sox 8 (10)
Carlos Correa went 3-for-6 with a home run and 2 RBIs as the Astros beat the Red Sox in extra innings, extending their win streak to five games. Box score
Astros jump in front
Houston put up four runs in the top of the 10th inning in Boston, taking a 12-8 lead over the Red Sox. The Astros are looking for their fifth consecutive win. Follow live
Bonus baseball in Boston
The Astros couldn't make Carlos Correa's go-ahead homer in the 8th hold up, and Houston and Boston will head to extra innings tied 8-8. The Red Sox are 2-6 in their last 8 games at Fenway. Follow live
Big Papi with big RBI
David Ortiz's 8th-inning double brought home Xander Bogaerts and pulled the Red Sox even with the Astros at 8-8. Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez both have 2 RBIs tonight, and both now have 41 on the season. Follow live
Correa unties game
After the Red Sox scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game at 7-7, Astros phenom Carlos Correa smashed his 6th HR of the season over the Green Monster, giving Houston a 1-run lead in the 8th. Follow live
Long, long gone for Hanley Ramirez
This one almost went right over the Green Monster, instead landing in the very last row to put the Red Sox up 1-0 over the Astros in the 2nd. Follow live
In a series of roster moves on Friday, the Red Sox activated Shane Victorino, placed Blake Swihart on the disabled list and optioned Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Red Sox activate Shane Victorino from DL
The OF hadn't played in the majors since May 24 because of a calf strain, but he's activated for the weekend series vs. Houston. Boston also placed catcher Blake Swihart on the DL with a sprained toe.
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AL West leader Houston, currently riding a 4-game winning streak, is listed as a slight underdog (+114) to Justin Masterson and AL East cellar-dweller Boston. Complete list
After winning consecutive series over the Rays and Blue Jays, the Red Sox -- despite their first-half woes -- have built momentum in the AL East race.
Lopsided losers (11-2) to the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Boston responded with their biggest inning of the season, an eight-run, first-inning eruption.
David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez had consecutive homers in an eight-run first inning, Xander Bogaerts had four hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 on Thursday night.
Red Sox beat Jays with 1st-inning barrage
Boston knocked Matt Boyd out of the game before the starting pitcher could record an out. The 7 runs on 6 hits (2 homers) the Red Sox got off of Boyd were enough for the win in Toronto. Box score
Blue Jays' bats get going in ninth
Russell Martin and Danny Valencia smacked back-to-back home runs in the 9th. Kevin Pillar followed it up with a double to deep center. Boston has a 12-6 lead. Follow live
Red Sox miss huge chance
Pablo Sandoval was up with the bags full of Red Sox -- and he struck out swinging on a low and away ball from Toronto's Bo Schultz to leave them all stranded and the score 8-4 in the 4th. Follow live
Blue Jays cut Red Sox lead in half
And the Red Sox had quite the 8-0 lead -- but Toronto scored 4 of its own in the 2nd to put them back in reasonable striking distance at home. Follow live
Blue Jays starter Matt Boyd didn't record an out in his second big league start Thursday, leaving after the first seven Red Sox batters reached safely in the first inning.
Pretty solid inning for the Red Sox
The Red Sox -- who scored 8 runs off 8 hits in the top of the first -- have a comfy lead in Toronto as Wade Miley takes the mound. Eight marks the most runs Boston has scored in an inning this season. Follow live
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