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Lineups and Game Notes: Napoli, Ross, Betts Back in the Sox' Starting Nine

Mike Napoli got the night off on Friday, but he's back in the Sox lineup for Saturday's contest in Houston. Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Thanks a three-hit performance from Christian Vazquez and a five-run top of the sixth, the Red Sox clubbed their way to their third straight win on Friday, taking down the Houston Astros 8-3. Now they can chalk up a series win by taking care of business on Saturday. Here’s a look at today’s lineups that sees Mike Napoli, David Ross, and Mookie Betts return to the Sox’ starting nine:

RED SOX (42-51)
1. Brock Holt (SS)
2. Dustin Pedroia (2B)
3. David Ortiz (DH)
4. Mike Napoli (1B)
5. Jonny Gomes (LF)
6. Xander Bogaerts (3B)
7. David Ross (C)
8. Jackie Bradley Jr. (CF)
9. Mookie Betts (RF)
SP: Jake Peavy (RHP) (1-7, 4.64 ERA)

ASTROS (39-55)
1. Jose Altuve (2B)
2. Jason Castro (C)
3. George Springer (CF)
4. Jon Singleton (1B)
5. Chris Carter (DH)
6. Matt Dominguez (3B)
7. Robbie Grossman (RF)
8. Enrique Hernandez (LF)
9. Marwin Gonzalez (SS)
SP: Brett Oberholtzer (LHP) (2-7, 4.66 ERA)

Game time: 4:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, 93.7 WEEI

Notes: Boston has won its last 3 games, the club’s longest win streak a 3-gamer from 6/16-18, following a 4-game slide...The Red Sox are 22-22 since the start of a season-long 7-game win streak on 5/26, which came after a 20-29 start to the season…The Sox have won all 3 games since falling a season-high 12 games below .500 on 7/8 (39-51)…Last night’s win pulled Boston out of last place for the 1st time since 7/5...They are 9.5 GB in the division after falling a season-high 10.5 GB Tuesday...The club is 8.0 GB in the race for the 2nd Wild Card spot… Today the Red Sox continue a brief 3-game road trip in Houston to close out the pre-All-Star break slate...The Sox are 19-25 (.431) on the road this year but have won 4 of their last 5 road games and 5 of 8.

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