For the second straight game, the Houston Astros played better than the Boston Red Sox in every phase of the game. Score it a 5-3 win for the defending world champs.

Houston's starting pitching was better - Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez struggled in 3.1 innings giving up five runs. Astro starter Charlie Morton pitched five solid innings.

The Astros hit more home runs (2-1) and they had more hits in key situations. The Sox were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, including a game ending doubleplay ball hit by J.D. Martinez.

And on defense, Houston made several outstanding catches.

One more game in the series of division leaders, Sunday night baseball. It's live on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket.

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