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7hChristina Kahrl

Saturday's power rankings

Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper provide the fireworks, Avisail Garcia the glovework and Clay Buchholz the handiwork on Independence Day.

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Boston is full of potential (2:30)
16hTony Lee

Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 6, Astros 1

Clay Buchholz went the distance while Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts carried the offense in a 6-1 Red Sox win against the Astros.

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Buchholz stifles Astros with complete game (0:43)
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Boston, Buchholz beat Astros

Clay Buchholz went the full nine innings (6 hits, 1 run, 8 strikeouts) and that was good enough for the Red Sox.

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Red Sox leading Astros 3-0 in 5th

In his first game since May 23, Boston's Shane Victorino has a hit and scored a run. The Red Sox are threatening to score more against Collin McHugh in the 5th inning. Follow live

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Beware: Panda Falling

Boston's Pablo Sandoval fell in the Astros dugout to catch ball in the fourth inning today. Clay Buchholz appreciates the effort, as he's allowed just one hit in four innings. Red Sox lead 2-0. Follow live

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Rapid Reaction: Astros 12, Red Sox 8 (10)

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.

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Astros surge in 10th, capture fifth straight win (0:52)
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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

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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

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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

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2dTony Lee

Victorino, out since May, activated by Red Sox

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.

Today's MLB betting lines

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

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2dGordon Edes

Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 12, Blue Jays 6

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.

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs34910th
Batting Average.25612th
On Base Percentage.32210th
Slugging Percentage.39913th
Earned Run Average4.4928th
Quality Starts4116th
WHIP1.3628th
BAA.26726th

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