Here are the lineups:
|RED SOX (54-65)||ASTROS (50-71)|
|Holt SS||Grossman LF|
|Pedroia 2B||Altuve 2B|
|Ortiz DH||Carter DH|
|Cespedes LF||Fowler CF|
|Napoli 1B||Castro C|
|Nava RF||Singleton 1B|
|Middlebrooks 3B||Dominguez 3B|
|Bradley Jr. CF||Marisnick RF|
|Vazquez C||Gonzalez SS|
|Pitching: Allen Webster, RHP (2-1, 4.91)||Pitching: Scott Feldman, RHP (9-10, 3.42)|
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/radio: NESN, WEEI (93.7).
Red Sox vs. Feldman: Napoli 12-29, Pedroia 8-20, Ortiz 3-15, Cespedes 3-8, Johnson 2-9, Nava 4-8, Bogaerts 0-3, Middlebrooks 1-4, Bradley 2-3, Holt 2-3, Vazquez 3-3.
Astros vs. Webster: No history.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox took both games in Cincinnati to give them three straight wins for the first time since mid-July, when they won five straight. They have had only five runs of at least three wins this season.
Notes: The Sox finished their eight-game road trip 5-3. Still, their 54-65 record has them in last place in the AL East, 15 games behind the first-place Baltimore Orioles. They return to Fenway Park, where they’re 27-31 this year, and face a run of AL West teams — the Astros, Angels, and Mariners — in a 10-game homestand . . . The Astros are 23½ games behind the Oakland A’s in the West after losing two of three to the Twins . . . Webster is making his first career start against the Astros. Three of his 10 starts have come against AL West teams. He held the Angels to two runs to earn a win earlier this year and gave up seven runs to the Mariners in a loss a year ago . . . Scott Feldman is looking to change his fortunes against the Sox. He is 1-3 lifetime against them with a 6.63 ERA, his second-highest against AL opponents. In July, he gave up seven runs over 5⅓ innings in an 8-3 loss . . . Astros second baseman Jose Altuve leads the AL in hitting (.338) and stolen bases (46). With 166 hits, he is 44 shy of the Astros franchise record, and if he stays ahead of Robinson Cano (.329) and Michael Brantley (.325), he’ll become the first Astro to win a batting title. But in 42 career at-bats against the Sox, he hitting just .190 (8 for 42) with seven strikeouts . . . Brock Holt is on a seven-game hitting streak and has scored a run in eight of the Sox’ 11 games this month . . . Dustin Pedroia has a hit in 16 of his past 17 games. He is hitting .357 in that span with four doubles, one homer, and six RBIs . . . Although he has been better on the road than at home this year (.255 road, .235 home), David Ortiz struggled on the road trip, going 2 for 19 (.105) with five strikeouts. He pinch-hit and played first base twice . . . Yoenis Cespedes’s bat has been hot since he came over from Oakland. He hit .290 on the road trip (9 for 31) with two homers and seven RBIs, but he was pulled in the seventh inning Wednesday after sustaining a contusion on his right hand when he was jammed on a pitch that he turned into an RBI single . . . Ortiz is raffling off a trip to Fenway for three guests to benefit UNICEF. For information, go to netraffle.org.
Song of the Day: “Chunk Up The Deuce,” by Lil Keke featuring UGK and Paul Wall.