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Red Sox 7, Astros 2

Red Sox hold early lead

Game over

Daniel Bard pitched a scoreless ninth as the Red Sox took the first game of this four-game series before 30,093. It was the seventh straight game in which the Red Sox did not record a sellout. David Ortiz homered and knocked in a pair of runs. The Red Sox scored four runs in the first inning off Phillip Humber and cruised the rest of the way behind Clay Buchholz who improved to 5-0. The Red Sox are 11-0 when scoring first. The game was played in 2:59.

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