• ’Stros nip Sox, Yanks blank Orioles
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    HOUSTON — Jason Castro hit a two-run homer and Chris Carter had a tiebreaking infield single in the eighth inning Saturday, 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 2-3 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 1-3 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.

    Altuve doubled with two outs in the third inning before Castro’s homer to right field, which sailed just out of reach of leaping right fielder Mookie Betts and into the seats, gave Houston a 2-0 lead.

    Ortiz sent the first pitch of the fourth inning several rows back into the seats in right field to get Boston within one.

    Jackie Bradley Jr. singled to start the fifth inning before consecutive singles by Holt and Pedroia loaded the bases with one out. Oberholtzer escaped the jam when Ortiz grounded into a double play to end the inning.

    Castro hit a leadoff triple in the sixth inning, but Houston came away empty-handed when Springer grounded out followed by back-to-back strikeouts by Singleton and Carter.

    Bradley and Betts hit back to back singles to start the seventh before Oberholtzer was replaced by Fields with one out.

    Pedroia’s sacrifice fly came next to tie it before Houston intentionally walked Ortiz. Fields limited the damage by striking out Mike Napoli.

    NOTES: Houston placed RHP Collin McHugh on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 7 with a problem with a nail on his middle finger to make room on the roster for Oberholtzer. ... Houston OF Dexter Fowler, on the disabled list with a back strain, said Saturday that he is doing better, but isn’t sure when he’ll be ready to play again. “You don’t want to get it flared back up and then you’ll miss more time,” he said. “So just ... relax and try to get it healed.”



    Yankees 3, Orioles 0

    BALTIMORE — Rookie Shane Greene pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning of his second major league start, Derek Jeter had two hits and an RBI and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 Saturday.

    Greene (2-0) struck out nine and walked two in his third big league appearance. The right-hander didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning and allowed only two runners past second base in 7 1-3 innings.

    It was Greene’s second win in six days with the Yankees, the first coming at Cleveland. For most of the season, the 25-year-old put up unspectacular numbers (5-2, 4.61 ERA) for Scranton-Wilkes-Barre of the International League.

    David Robertson, the third New York reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his 23rd save.

    Brian McCann had three hits for the Yankees, who moved within four games of the first-place Orioles in the AL East. New York is 3-5 against Baltimore this season.

    It was only the third loss in 12 games for the Orioles, who finished with five hits. Chris Tillman (7-5) gave up three runs, seven hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings.

    The Yankees led 1-0 before chasing Tillman with a two-run seventh. Kelly Johnson led off with a single and advanced on a wild pitch before Jeter hit a two-out RBI single to left.

    That prompted the thousands of Yankees fans among the sellout crowd of 46,667 to chant “Derek Jeter! Derek Jeter!” — saluting the 40-year-old team captain who will retire after this season.

    Jacoby Ellsbury greeted T.J. McFarland with a broken-bat RBI double, and the inning ended when Ellsbury was cut down at the plate trying to score on McCann’s single to center.

    Ellsbury was the second New York runner to be thrown out at home, but it hardly mattered as the Yankees improved to 10-32 when scoring three runs or fewer.

    An RBI double by Mark Teixeira gave New York a 1-0 lead in the third, but Jeter was thrown out trying to score on the play.

    That would be the Yankees’ final hit until McCann singled with one out in the sixth.

    Greene allowed only a walk through four innings and struck out the first two batters in the fifth before Manny Machado grounded a single to left. Ryan Flaherty also singled before Nick Hundley struck out.

    New York got runners on the corners with two outs in the sixth before former Oriole Brian Roberts whiffed on a high fastball with the count 0-2.

    In the bottom half, the Orioles got successive singles from Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce before Adam Jones hit into a double play and Nelson Cruz struck out for the third time.

    NOTES: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would wait until after the game to name his starter for Sunday night’s series finale. Kevin Gausman will start for Baltimore. ... The Yankees designated RHP Matt Daley for assignment and activated LHP Jeff Francis, obtained in a trade with Oakland on Friday. “You don’t want to put a limit on yourself. You just want to come here, you want to give the team good innings and help the team win. That’s the goal,” Francis said. ... Knowing Miguel Gonzalez wouldn’t be needed before the All-Star break, Baltimore optioned the right-hander to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled C Steve Clevenger from the same club. Gonzalez will return July 22 to face the Angels, manager Buck Showalter said. ... The sellout was Baltimore’s second straight and seventh of the season.

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