Framber Valdez helps Astros to 7-4 win over Purple Sox and first sweep at Fenway Park

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Houston's Framber Valdez delivers a pitch against the Red Sox in the first inning.
Houston’s Framber Valdez delivers a pitch in opposition to the Purple Sox within the first inning. AP Picture/Steven Senne

BOSTON (AP) — Framber Valdez, who pitched seven no-hit innings in his earlier begin, retired the primary 10 Boston batters on Wednesday and took a shutout into the sixth inning to assist the Houston Astros beat the Purple Sox 7-4 and full their first sweep at Fenway Park.

Houston, which performed within the NL for 50 years earlier than switching in 2012, has gained 5 straight because it fights for a 3rd consecutive AL West title. The Astros entered the day basically tied with — .001 behind — the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners; all three groups stay in competition for the AL wild-card spots in the event that they falter.

The Purple Sox misplaced for the fifth time in six video games and are fifth within the race for the three AL wild-card berths, 4 video games behind Toronto and 7 again from the AL West pack heading into Wednesday evening’s sport.

Valdez (10-9) no-hit the Guardians on Aug. 1 and left Friday’s begin in opposition to Detroit with a no-hitter intact earlier than the bullpen took the loss. He prolonged his no-hit string to 10 1/3 straight innings earlier than Justin Turner blooped a single into middle within the fourth, with Houston already forward 7-0.

Boston scored all its runs off Valdez within the sixth. In all, Valdez allowed 4 runs — two of them unearned — on 5 hits whereas putting out 5 in six innings.

Ryan Pressly pitched the ninth for his twenty ninth save. Michael Brantley, Jeremy Peña and Martín Maldonado — Houston’s No. 6, 8 and 9 hitters — had two hits apiece.

Triston Casas has three hits for Boston. Purple Sox starter Kutter Crawford (6-7) gave up six runs on seven hits and a stroll, putting out one in 2 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs with two out within the second inning, and three extra after loading the bases with one out within the third.


Astros: RHP Kendall Graveman left the sport with two outs within the seventh due to an undisclosed harm. … RHP Hector Neris changed him and struck out Ceddanne Rafaela to finish the inning.

Purple Sox: OF Jarren Duran had surgical procedure on a tendon in his left huge toe and is predicted to overlook the remainder of the season. Duran was batting .295 with eight homers, 40 RBIs, 34 doubles and 24 stolen bases this season earlier than happening the injured checklist Aug. 10.


Astros: Off Thursday earlier than opening a three-game sequence at house in opposition to the last-place Yankees. LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4) will begin for New York in opposition to Houston RHP Justin Verlander (10-6).

Purple Sox: Off Thursday earlier than taking part in at Kansas Metropolis. LHP James Paxton (7-4) will begin the sequence opener for Boston.