(Sports Network) - Houston ace Bud Norris tries to avoid a four-game sweep on
Sunday when the Astros visit Fenway Park for the finale of a weekend series
with the Boston Red Sox.
The hosts won their third straight over Houston on Saturday, when Felix
Doubront pitched into the seventh inning and David Ortiz continued his
prolific start to the season at the plate by driving in three runs in an 8-4
Doubront (3-0) gave up four hits and three runs over 6 2/3 innings. The
Venezuelan lefty also walked four batters and had eight strikeouts.
Ortiz, who went 2-for-3, has a 19-game hitting streak going back to last
season. That is tied for his career-best (July 17 - Aug. 6, 2002 with
Minnesota). Ortiz, who was sidelined at the start of this season due to a
right Achilles injury, is hitting .519 so far in 2013.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run single as the Red Sox won their fourth in a row.
Brad Peacock (1-3) allowed six hits and five runs over 3 1/3 innings. He also
walked five batters.
Astros manager Bo Porter said changes could be coming to his pitching staff.
"It's been addressed," he said. "It's either adjustments going to be made or
we're going to find people who are going to throw strikes."
Norris, who won seven games in 2012, has three of the Astros' seven victories
so far in April, including a 3-2 defeat of Seattle in his last start on April
23 - in which he allowed a run on eight hits in five innings.
Previously, he'd split four decisions, defeating Texas and the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim while losing twice to the Oakland Athletics.
Norris, who's 12-24 in his career on the road, has never pitched at Fenway
For the Red Sox, Lackey makes his first start since a stint on the 15-day
disabled list with sore right biceps.
He opened the season at Toronto on April 6 and allowed two runs in 4 1/3
innings of a 5-0 loss.
Lackey got a no-decision in one career meeting with the Astros after allowing
six runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.
He's 20-17 in 44 career starts in Fenway and has a composite 67-44 home record
in his career, compared to 61-51 on the road.
The Red Sox swept a three-game series in Houston when the teams last met in
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