BOSTON — Struggling former Rays ace David Price struck out 12, Mookie Betts had a three-run homer and Xander Bogaerts had a two-run shot to help the Red Sox beat the Astros 11-1 on Thursday night for their season-high fifth straight win.
The game was supposed to be all about the first matchup between reigning Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel and Price, last year's runner-up.
Price rallied after a slow start and allowed a run over 62/3 innings to improve his ERA to 6.00.
The left-hander allowed a bunt single then a double with one out in the second inning. A 94-mph heater jammed Jake Marisnick, but the ball took a vicious hop into second baseman Dustin Pedroia's glove and spun toward the outfield as a run scored on the error.
Price then struck out Jose Altuve and George Springer with a pair of 93-mph fastballs to escape the jam.
Price, who averaged 95 mph on his heater last year but 93 mph this season, eventually dialed it up to 95 mph later in the game.
Keuchel gave up eight runs and has allowed five or more earned runs in four of his past five starts, something he did only three times last year.