After a frustrating extra innings loss to the Houston Astros, the Red Sox are looking to bounce back on Saturday night at Fenway Park. The Astros (51-72) snapped the Red Sox (55-66) four-game winning streak Friday with a 5-3 win in 10 innings.
Rubby De La Rosa (4-4, 3.21) will take the mound for the Red Sox. He is coming off a win in his last start on August 10 against the Los Angeles Angels. The right handed pitcher recorded eight strikeouts, five hits, and one earned run over 7.0 innings. The last time De La Rosa faced the Astros was in a relief role when he threw a perfect inning out of the bullpen in August of last year.
Brad Peacock (3-8, 5.25) will look to get the Astros on a winning streak. Peacock had a very brief experience in his start against the Red Sox in July. He recorded just one out before he was pulled from the game with the bases loaded. His last appearance came on August 11 against the Minnesota Twins, a no decision in the Astros loss.
The Red Sox will evaluate Dustin Pedroia, who left Friday’s game after fouling a ball off his right foot. Manager John Farrell noted Pedroia was sore during the game and was replaced by Kelly Johnson in the ninth inning.
Brock Holt extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 2-for-5 with an RBI Friday. He is batting .293 (12-for-41) with two doubles, two RBIs, and sevens runs scored during this stretch.
Yoenis Cespedes was also hot at the plate. He hit his first career home run at Fenway Park Friday, his third in five games. The slam reached the Green Monster. Cespedes has driven in 10 runs in the past seven games.