BOSTON — Michael Chavis pointed to a young boy in the press box, letting him know how impressed he was that a 5-year-old announced his name so well.

Boston’s rookie spark plug then stepped to the plate and gave the kid something extra to be excited about.

Chavis homered on the next pitch after acknowledging the boy, Xander Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and the Red Sox averted a series sweep against Houston with a 4-3 victory Sunday that snapped the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.

“I heard a kid’s voice and I looked up and I was so surprised,” Chavis said after hitting his eighth homer in 25 major league games. “I was impressed how confident he was. When I was a kid, I don’t think I would have even done it. Right before I got in the box, I thought I should say ‘Good job.’”

For an inning on Sundays, the Red Sox have kids announce players’ names as they walk up to the plate.

Mookie Betts scored three runs for Boston, which lost the first two games in the first meeting with the Astros since beating them in the 2018 AL Championship Series.


Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer off Chris Sale for Houston, which is 13-4 in May.

“They played better today, they outhit us, but our at-bats against Sale were good,” Astros Manager AJ Hinch said. “We’ll see him again in five days.”

In the seventh, Bogaerts’ double off Framber Valdez (1-2) to deep left-center scored Betts from first base.

Sale struck out 10 in 51/3 innings, giving up three runs and four hits with five walks. In his previous start, he became the first major league pitcher to strike out 17 in seven innings.

“It was kind of a weird day,” he said. “I was kind of all over the place. At times I felt like I was right where I wanted to be, and other times, I was trying to just throw a strike.”

Marcus Walden (6-0) escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam and tossed 12/3 scoreless innings of relief. Brandon Workman got three outs for his first career save.


Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, the Red Sox scored twice with two outs against Wade Miley. Chavis homered over the Green Monster. Betts then doubled and scored on Bogaerts’ single, a pop fly that dropped in shallow right field after second baseman Yuli Gurriel drifted out for it but got twisted around.

Correa drove a 94 mph fastball an estimated 448 feet into the center-field bleachers, making it 3-1 in the third.

Miley gave up three runs in five innings.

Chavis batted leadoff for the first time, going 2 for 4.

“Just watching the other side, why not?” Red Sox Manager Alex Cora said in reference to George Springer, the Astros’ leadoff hitter. “Swing hard and hit it out of the ballpark. We’ll see what happens.”

The move gave Boston six right-handed batters at the top of the order against Miley, a lefty.

Asked if he was excited after the game, Chavis said: “Yeah, of course. That probably means I’m going to get more at-bats. It’s awesome.”

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