The old axiom of good pitching beating good hitting held true last night as the Astros beat the Red Sox 4-2 in game one of their four game series in Houston.

Astros starter Lance McCullers went six innings giving up just two runs on six hits. The Houston bullpen did the rest.

Meanwhile, Sox starter Drew Pomeranz did what he has been doing - fall behind early. A two-run homer by Carlos Correa put the Astros on top.

As soon as the Sox fought back to tie the game, Pomeranz gave up two more runs.

He lasted five innings and gave up four runs.

The Boston lineup was a bit weak because of injuries. Mookie Betts missed a fourth straight game with side soreness that he been bugging him. And, right before the game, Dustin Pedroia was a late scratch because of knee soreness.

The Sox at 39-18 still have the best record in baseball.