Xander’s 2-HR dandy sends Sox to tie for 1st

HOUSTON — In the final meeting between two American League heavyweights until the final four games of regular season, the Red Sox used a pair of homers from Xander Bogaerts to overcome three Astros homers and win, 6-5, on Sunday night at Minute Maid Park.

With the win, the Red Sox moved into a virtual tie atop the AL East with the Yankees. The Astros, meanwhile, still have an 11-game lead in the AL West, but have dropped four consecutive series and went 3-6 on their homestand that finished Sunday.

Trailing, 6-4, in the eighth inning, the Astros loaded the bases with one out and got an RBI single by Carlos Beltran off reliever Robby Scott, but Andrew Benintendi threw out Jose Altuve trying to score from second to keep the score at 6-5.

Bogaerts hit a two-run homer off Astros starter Joe Musgrove in the sixth to put Boston ahead, 3-2, and Jackie Bradley Jr. added a two-run double later in the inning off reliever James Hoyt. The Astros got back-to-back homers from Jake Marisnick (454 feet, according to Statcastâ„¢) and George Springer in the bottom of the inning to get within one, 5-4. Hoyt hit Mookie Betts with a pitch in the seventh, and he scored on a Bogaerts single.

With the pair of homers, Bogaerts, who also had four total RBIs on Saturday, doubled his home run total this season to four. His three hits marked his 134th multi-hit game since 2015, the third most in the Majors.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. He covered the Red Sox on Sunday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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