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July 13, 2014

Castro, Astros end Sox streak

HOUSTON (AP) — Jason Castro hit a two-run homer and Chris Carter had a tiebreaking infield single in the eighth inning yesterday, lifting the Houston Astros to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Jose Altuve doubled to open the eighth and chase Red Sox starter Jake Peavy (1-8). Altuve advanced to third on a groundout before George Springer was intentionally walked and Jon Singleton struck out.

Carter then hit a grounder off Junichi Tazawa to shortstop Brock Holt. Springer just beat Holt’s throw to second in a force attempt, allowing Altuve to score.

Josh Fields (2-4) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings for the win and Chad Qualls got two outs for his 10th save. The Astros turned a double play to end the game and Boston challenged the play at first, but it was upheld.

Castro gave Houston an early lead with his home run in the third inning before David Ortiz cut it to 2-1 with a shot in the fourth. The Red Sox tied it on a sacrifice fly by Dustin Pedroia in the seventh.

Peavy allowed six hits and three runs with a season-high nine strikeouts in seven-plus to extend his career-long losing streak to eight games. He hasn’t won since April 25 as the Red Sox have struggled to score when he’s on the mound.

Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer allowed two runs and tied a season high with 11 hits in 6.1 innings. He was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game for his fourth stint with the Astros this season.

Carter, who homered twice on Friday night, extended his career-best hitting-streak to eight games and has six homers and 10 RBIs in that span. Altuve finished with two hits and leads the majors with 130.

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