Rafael Devers homered and drove in a pair of runs in his return from the disabled list, as the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 2-1 Tuesday, hours after acquiring veteran first baseman Eric Hosmer. through a trade with San Diego .
Dominican Devers did not look rusty in his return after being absent since July 23, due to an inflammation problem in his right hamstring. He hit an RBI double in the fourth before breaking the tie with a solo homer with no outs in the sixth.
He thus helped Boston to bag its third consecutive win.
Tommy Pham singled and scored on Devers’ double in his debut as a Boston player following Monday’s trade with Cincinnati.
The trade involving Hosmer came a day after the Red Sox sent catcher Christian Vazquez to the Astros. That transaction had raised concerns among some Boston players, who thought the club had thrown in the towel on the season.
Hosmer was part of the swap with Washington for Dominican Juan Soto, but he refused to go to the US capital. The Padres ended up sending him to Boston along with two minor leaguers and cash in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jay Groome.
Red Sox starter Kutter Crawford (3-3) gave up seven hits and one run in six outstanding innings. He hadn’t won since the 4th of July.
For the Red Sox, Dominican Devers 4-2 with a run scored and two RBIs. Mexican Alex Verdugo 4-0. The Venezuelan Yolmer Sánchez 3-0.
For the Astros, Venezuelan José Altuve 5-2 with a run scored. Cubans Yuli Gurriel 4-2 with an RBI, Yordan Álvarez 4-1, Aledmys Díaz 4-1. The Dominican Jeremy Peña 4-2. Puerto Ricans Martín Maldonado 3-0, Vázquez 1-0.