Here are other notes from Monday’s Red Sox-Astros game:
— Martinez continues to tear the cover off the baseball. He went 2-for-4 in the contest with an RBI as he extended his hitting streak to 17 games.
— Trevor Story seems to be getting on track at the plate after a dreadful offensive start to begin the season. Story delivered in the clutch with the Red Sox trailing by a run in the bottom of the seventh. He launched a pitch 428-feet over the Green Monster off Houston reliever Phil Maton to level the score at three-all.
For Story, who also had a walk in the contest, it was his second homer in his last five games as he is up to a .200 batting average on the season.
“Just grinding,” Story said as seen on NESN postgame coverage. “Just working really hard to get it right and make the right adjustments. Steps in the right direction tonight, so that’s great to see.”
— The Red Sox and the Astros both had to endure an hour and 38-minute rain delay, but Boston didn’t lose focus and Story said the team received a boost from the fans that were still in attendance.
“They’re right there, a little more intimate and they gave us energy, man, and they always do,” Story said.
— Matt Strahm proved pivotal for the Red Sox with his performance out of the bullpen. Strahm pitch 1 2/3 scoreless inning and struck out three to earn the win.