Norris on Sunday's loss
The Astros failed to get their first win at Fenway Park after falling in the finale of their four-game series in Boston 6-1.
Lineup: For the second straight game the Astros pushed a run across in the first inning, thanks to a pair of two-out walks and a single by Ronny Cedeno. But the offense went silent after that, failing to score again in the game, despite facing a pitcher who missed all of 2012 and hadn’t won a game since September of 2011.
Ronny Cedeno, inserted as the DH by Bo Porter, drove in the Astros’ only run with that first inning single.
Robbie Grossman, the rookie from Cypress who had two hits in his debut against Seattle on Wednesday, finished the Boston series going 0-16.
As a team the Astros were 2-9 with runners in scoring position Sunday and just 3-27 in the series.
Bud Norris struggled mightily in the first inning, with his control and with the Red Sox. It took Norris 33 pitches to get the first three outs of the game. He walked three in the first but managed to escape after one run crossed the plate.
He settled down well after the first, getting through the next five innings on 75 pitches, but Boston kept playing add-on through the middle frames.
Boston scored twice in the fourth and fifth innings. The play that put the game out of reach was a two-out, two-run triple by Stephen Drew in the fifth inning.
Norris’ line was six innings, five earned runs, nine hits and six strikeouts.
Jose Cisnero relieved Norris in the seventh inning and closed out the game for Houston. The right-hander gave up his first run since being called up to the Astros, but pitched well overall. Cisnero gave up two hits and struck out three in the game.
Next Up: Houston leaves Boston as far back in the rear view mirror as possible and travels to the Bronx for a three game series with the Yankees. Lucas Harrell faces Deer Park native Andy Pettitte in the series opener Monday. First pitch is set for 6:05, coverage on CSN Houston begins with Astros Pregame Live at 5:30.