BOSTON (AP) — The Astros set the MLB record for most home runs in an inning, beating Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi five times in a nine-run second to help Houston beat Boston at 13 on Tuesday night : 4 to defeat.
Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, Jeremy Peña, Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel all went deep for the Astros, who set a franchise mark for most home runs in an inning. It’s happened seven times in league history.
Tucker added his second homer of the night and seventh of the season in the fourth inning — a grand slam from Tyler Danish — as Houston won for the 13th time in 15 games.
Jose Urquidy (3-1) allowed 12 hits and four runs, including home runs, against Rafael Devers and JD Martinez but lasted five innings to book the win.
Eovaldi (1-2) became the third pitcher in major league history to give up five homers in an inning, along with Chase Anderson (September 17, 2020 vs. Yankees) and Michael Blazek (July 28, 2017 vs. Nationals).
Eovaldi’s line: 1 2/3 innings, eight hits, nine runs (six earned) and five home runs over 39 pitches.
It seemed like it was going to be a very different night for the Red Sox after Eovaldi needed just five pitches to set Houston straight in the first inning.
Devers gave Boston a 1-0 lead when he jumped on Urquidy’s 95-mile fastball and drove him over the midfield wall for his seventh homer of the season.
Then things quickly fell apart for Boston after that.
Alvarez led the second, centering Devers’ blast to tie her.
Gurriel was next and hit a third grounder, but Devers’ throw was mishandled by first baseman Franchy Cordero, allowing Gurriel to reach the error.
Tucker then connected an Eovaldi fastball and drilled his sixth homer of the season over the right field fence to make it 3-1.
Peña, a rookie who grew up in Rhode Island and played in Maine, was hitting back-to-back home runs when he sent a line drive to the left-center seats. It was Peña’s first game back in the lineup since he left last Thursday’s win in Minnesota with a sore right knee.
Eovaldi eventually retired his first batter of the inning when Jose Siri flew to the right.
Martin Maldonado was next, claiming a singles followed by a doubles from Jose Altuve. Michael Brantley then cleared the bases with his homer to the right, taking the lead to 7-1.
Alex Bregman busted, but Alvarez kept the inning alive with a single.
Gurriel ended Eovaldi’s night when he centered the fifth and final homer of the inning.
Boston took the lead in the third after a double home run by JD Martinez.
But after a double was knocked over on checking, followed by a Devers error that allowed Alvarez to earn a fielder’s choice, Houston loaded the bases.
Tucker promptly cleared them with a grand slam that made it 13-3.
Astros: RHP Jake Odorizzi transferred to 15-day IL with lower leg discomfort. He left the game on a stretcher Monday after awkwardly collapsing after throwing the last pitch of the fifth inning. RHP Seth Martinez was recalled from Triple-A (Sugar Land) to take his place on the active roster. Odorizzi had an MRI on his leg but the team have not disclosed the specific injury.
According to MLB.com, no Red Sox pitcher has surrendered more than three homers in an inning since 1974, when inning-by-inning data began.
Astros: RHP Luis Garcia (3-1, 2.94 ERA) threw five innings without a score in his last start against Detroit, allowing five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts. He faced Boston three times last season, once in the regular season and twice in the ALCS. On his last start in Game 6, he went 5 1/3 innings and only allowed one hit in the series clincher.
Red Sox: RHP Nick Pivetta (1-4, 5.08) has a 2.45 ERA in his last four starts after posting a 10.03 ERA in his first three games.
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https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-red-sox/2022/05/17/astros-hit-5-home-runs-in-2nd-rout-red-sox-13-4/ Astros hit 5 homers in 2nd place and defeated the Red Sox 13-4