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Red Sox 7, Astros 2

Red Sox hold early lead

Jarrod Saltalmacchia (left) high-fived teammate Daniel Bard after they defeated the Houston Astros 7-2.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Jarrod Saltalmacchia (left) high-fived teammate Daniel Bard after they defeated the Houston Astros 7-2.

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.

Bottom 8th: Red Sox 7, Astros 2 - Jose Altuve singled off Buchholz and that ended his night with 109 pitches. Andrew Miller came on and retired Jason Castro.

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Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Astros 2 - The Red Sox went down in order. Buchholz was out after 7-2/3 innings, two runs, six hits, two walks and 10 strikeouts.

Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Astros 2 - Mike Napoli hit a leadoff double, but the Sox went down in order after that.

Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Astros 2 - Buchholz gets through seven, strikes out two. Has retired the last eight batters. At 101 pitches.

Bottom 6th: Red Sox 7, Astros 2 - Pedroia managed a walk, but Sox can't muster much this inning.

Top 6th: Red Sox 7, Astros 2 - Buchholz has a strong inning witha strikeout and two groundouts.

Bottom 5th: Red Sox 7, Astros 2 - David Ortiz and Mike Carp each singled, but with runners at the corners with two outs, Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled up the middle to drive in Ortiz with the sixth Sox run vs. Phillip Humber. Will Middlebrooks followed with an RBI double into the left field corner. Humber has been removed.

Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Astros 2 - Buchholz allowed only a Rick Ankiel walk.

Bottom 4th: Red Sox 5, Astros 2 - A Stephen Drew walk is all the Sox could muster.

Top 4th: Red Sox 5, Astros 2 - Matt Dominguez knocked into a 5-4-3 double-play after Fernando Martinez singled with one out.

Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 5, Astros 2 - David Ortiz launched his first home run deep to center.

Top 3rd: Red Sox 4, Astros 2 - Jason Castro knocked in Marwin Gonzalez (double) with the second Astros run. Buchholz not sharp tonight.

Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 4, Astros 1 - A double by Jacoby Ellsbury with one out was wasted, even after Daniel Nava walked for the second time. Dustin Pedroia knocked into an inning-ending double-play.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 4, Astros 1 - Buchholz allowed a double to Chris Carter, which Mike Carp misplayed in left and a Fernando Martinez single. The run scored on a double-play grounder by Matt Dominguez

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 4, Astros 0 - It all started with a one-out walk to Daniel Nava. Then came the passed ball by catcher Jason Castro. Then came Dustin Pedroia's RBI single to center, a stolen base, David Ortiz' single to right scoring Pedroia and a throwing error by Rick Ankiel allowing Ortiz to second. After Mike Napoli struck out, Mike Carp launched a double passed Carlos Pena at first, scoring the third run. Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled in the fourth run off Pena.

Top 1st: Astros 0, Red Sox 0 - The Astros went down against Clay Buchholz who is seeking his fifth win. Buchholz got Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve to strike out, walked Jason Castro, but got Carlos Pena to bunt back to him for an easy out.

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