Red Sox Wrap: Dominant Martín Pérez Leads Boston To Win Over Astros

Christian Arroyo and Xander Bogaerts provided the offense


Jun 3, 2021

The Red Sox are back in the win column.

And Martín Pérez is a big reason why. The left-hander delivered the best outing by a Red Sox starter this season, twirling 7 2/3 shutout innings Thursday in Boston’s 5-1 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The Red Sox avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of the Astros with the victory.

Christian Arroyo and Xander Bogaerts accounted for all of the offense, with the former hitting a three-run home run (his first homer of the season) and the latter producing a two-run double.

The Rays also won Thursday, meaning Boston remains two games back of Tampa Bay for first place in the American League East.

The Red Sox improved to 33-23 with the win while the Astros dropped to 31-25 with the loss.

Here’s how it all went down:


The Red Sox needed a win, and their bullpen needed a breather. Both things happened.

— It was all about Pérez.

The veteran left-hander was excellent, allowing six hits while walking one and striking out four over 82 pitches in his finest outing as a member of the Red Sox.

— Pérez also got help from his defense, with these great plays from Arroyo and Bobby Dalbec:

— Adam Ottavino took over with two on and two out in the eight, and retired Alex Bregman to end the threat.

— Brandon Workman made his Red Sox return in the ninth and gave up a one-out solo homer to Yuli Gurriel. He otherwise looked solid, striking out two with his fastball operating in the low 90s.

— The Red Sox only had eight hits, and all of their runs came on two of them.

Rafael Devers hit a double to lead off the third inning, followed by a Hunter Renfroe walk. That set the stage for Arroyo, who took Astros starter Jake Odorizzi deep with a three-run homer to left field

— Boston squandered multiple opportunities in the middle innings for breaking through in the seventh.

— Following an Alex Verdugo walk and J.D. Martinez double, Bogaerts broke out of a major slump with a two-run double off Houston reliever Cristian Javier.

— Martinez and Bogaerts were the only members of the lineup with multiple hits, both going 2-for-5.

— Danny Santana, Kevin Plawecki and Dalbec all went hitless.

A worthy Throwback Thursday video:

The Red Sox will head to New York where they’ll begin a three-game series with the Yankees on Friday night. First pitch from Yankee Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

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