A day after clinching the American League East division, the Boston Red Sox dropped their regular-season finale to the Houston Astros 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Hector Velazquez, who has pitched in relief for Boston in 2017, started the game for the Sox and pitched four innings before turning the game over to the bullpen – who gave up all four runs in the loss.
The team took a three-run lead in the fourth inning after third baseman Rafael Devers drove in two runs on a double and later represented the third run on a passed ball by Houston.
Boston held onto that lead into the seventh inning before the Astros scored four runs to take the lead from the Sox for good. They tied the game at three runs apiece after three singles were hit to drive in runs.
The Astros took a one-run lead on a sacrifice fly and that would end up being the difference-maker in the game.
The Boston bullpen gave up all four runs after relief pitcher Robby Scott kept the scoreless streak alive after pitching 1.1 innings after Velazquez.
Relief pitchers Fernando Abad and Brandon Workman gave up two runs each. Abad gave up two hits while Workman gave up two hits and a walk in his appearance.
Matt Barnes, who came in to get the final two outs of the seventh inning did just that before pitching a perfect eighth inning.
Joe Kelly got the ball for the ninth inning and despite giving up a walk, pitched a scoreless inning – but the offense could not rally after going down by one in the seventh.
With the loss, Boston ended the season with a 93-69 record while Houston concludes its spectacular 2017 season with a 61.
Game MVP: Rafael Devers: In what could be described as a “meh” game for Boston, Devers was the bright spot. He went 1-for-4 on the afternoon, driving in two runs and scoring one of his own. He finished the regular season with 30 RBI.
Honorable mention: Hector Velazquez: He pitched four scoreless innings and even though the game meant nothing to either team, he still pitched well before the bullpen threw the game away.
Fun fact: Red Sox manager John Farrell is the first manager in franchise history to win three American League Titles (2013, 2016, 2017).
What’s on deck: Game 1 of the American League Division Series begins on Thursday in Houston at Minute Maid Park. Boston will send Chris Sale to the mound – who finished the regular season with a 17-8 record and 2.90 ERA.
First pitch is TBD.