The Boston Red Sox were unable to complete the sweep in their series against the Houston Astros, the latter being carried by the prowess of starting pitcher Jose Urquidy, Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.
It took a near-perfect performance from the Mexican gunner to defeat a Sox who had bounced back after an unfortunate streak. Urquidy (10-4) was credited with the win after allowing just two hits in seven innings.
The 27-year-old stretched his perfect game to the fifth inning, there where Alex Verdugo recorded the visitors' first appearance on the cushions after being hit by a pitch. Reese McGuire and Tommy Pham eventually singled against him in the sixth, but Urquidy was able to leave the game with his head held high.
While he decimated the Red Sox offense with 10 strikeouts, the Astros scored two runs in the first, second and fifth innings. Trey Mancini drove in two runs with a long ball.
Although he only crossed the plate once and didn't score a run, Jose Altuve served a true batting clinic by hitting four in as many appearances.
Boston starter Rich Hill (4-5) recorded the loss, allowing four runs in three innings.
The Mariners have the Yankees number
In New York, the Yankees were knocked out in the first inning by the Seattle Mariners, who won 7-3.
Three visitor home runs led to a six-run first-inning surge. turn at bat. Eugenio Suarez drove in three with his 18th slap of the year, then Carlos Santana and Jarred Kelenic followed suit.
The Mariners continued their Bronx Bombers tribute when Jesse Winkler also stretched his arms in the seventh inning. For their part, the Yankees got on the score thanks to a single from Isiah Kiner-Falefa and a long ball from Kyle Higashioka.
Gerrit Cole (9-6) is the pitcher who gave up the three homers from Seattle, but he still stayed at his post for six innings, striking out eight opponents in the process. Luis Castillo (5-4) recorded the victory for the Mariners by also making eight batters bite the dust.
First victory with Leblanc
In Miami , the Marlins recorded their first victory with Quebecer Charles Leblanc in the lineup, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 3-0.
The 26-year-old made three at bats, racking up a walk in the sixth inning. He was called out trying to steal home plate, in a daring attempt.
Jesus Aguilar hit a long ball in the fourth and Garrett Cooper hit a paying double on the fifth to score the runs Marlins..