Photo Credit: AP / Boston Herald

On ESPN PrimeTime, the Red Sox earned a series split with the Astros after a big 9-3 victory.

After a couple of ugly losses to start the series, the the Red Sox pulled out a couple of big wins on national TV the past couple of nights to split the series 2-2. Any time you play the defending World Series champions on their home turf, a split is a solid outcome.

Tonight, it was pretty much all Red Sox from the beginning as they beat up on early Cy Young contender, Charlie Morton. Mitch Moreland hit a 2 run bomb to dead center in the first to get the Sox on the board as part of his 3 hit night. Andrew Benintendi added a tape measure shot, his second of the series, in the 5th inning.

Brock Holt had a big night with 2 hits and 3 RBI’s, including a 2 run triple in the 6th inning. Eduardo Nunez added 3 hits and scored a couple of runs. Even Blake Swihart and Sam Travis got in on the action with a couple of RBI singles. Up and down the lineup there were big contributions tonight.

On the other side of the ball, Rick Porcello settled down after surrendering a leadoff home run to George Springer. He cruised through the next few innings before getting into some trouble in the 7th. He ended up going 6.1 innings and allowing 3 runs (only 2 earned) while striking out 5 and walking 2 as he picked up his 8th win of the year. Then Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree came out and threw a couple of shutout innings in relief to seal the win.

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Overall, it was a great team win. The Sox will have a much needed off day tomorrow before they return home to play the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.

Go Sox!