BOSTON – Thunderstorms forced the Astros to prolong their pitiful night. They witnessed a teammate’s terrible injury before it began. After the rain subsided, the stadium crowd shrunk and the bullpen door swung open, one of this club’s most trusted groups gave a game away.
Houston’s relievers had yielded only nine earned runs during the past 42 ⅔ innings. Phil Maton and Héctor Neris teamed to surrender four following a rain delay of more than 90 minutes, delivering a deflating loss on a dreary night. Boston beat the Astros 6-3, bludgeoning their bullpen like few teams have all season.