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Red Sox Vs. Astros: J.A. Happ's Shaky First Inning Gives Red Sox Early 3-1 Lead

The Red Sox have a 3-1 lead after three innings against the Houston Astros.

The lead could have been bigger, but after the first five batters of the game reached (with Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz picking up an RBI a piece on a single and a walk respectively), Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a sharp ground ball to Astros third baseman Chris Johnson, who turned two as the third run came in the backdoor. Darnell McDonald flew out to end the inning. 

Andrew Miller seemed just about ready to give the runs right back, allowing a leadoff triple to Michael Bourn and two straight ground ball singles up the middle to Angel Sanchez and Hunter Pence. But a loud fly ball from Carlos Lee didn't prove harmful, and Jason Michaels repaid the favor from the first half of the inning by taking a bad swing at a 2-2 changeup for an inning-ending double play.

Both pitchers have since settled down, though Miller's control isn't spot-on by any means. At the moment, it seems unlikely that either will see the seventh inning.