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Monday, August 5th (All times eastern)

Boston Red Sox (68-45) at Houston Astros (36-74), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - John Lackey (7-8, 3.23) Houston - Brett Oberholtzer (1-0, 3.77)

(Sports Network) - Worst meets first at Minute Maid Park on Monday, as the AL- leading Boston Red Sox are set to open a three-game series with the last-place Houston Astros.

Boston has notched wins in five of its last six games and currently lays claim to the top record in the American League. Monday's game kicks off a stretch that will see the Red Sox play 16 of 19 on the road.

They are coming off Sunday's 4-0 win over Arizona behind seven scoreless innings from starter Felix Doubront. It marked their major league-leading 23rd series victory of the season, although the team leads Tampa Bay by only one game in the American League East.

"We're a long way from where we want to be," right fielder Shane Victorino said. "We've got to continue to do it, not lose focus. Every game counts. We've got a tough stretch ahead of us. We've got to stay after it. We haven't gained any ground other than a half a game on Tampa. So they're still right there with us. But we're not worried about what they're doing. We control our own destiny."

The Astros are happy to return home after a 2-8 road trip.

Houston suffered its fourth consecutive loss with Sunday's 3-2 setback in Minnesota. Starter Brad Peacock allowed only four hits in seven innings, but two of those hits left the yard and that was all the cushion the Twins would need.

The Astros could certainly use another strong outing from Brett Oberholtzer, who made his big league debut against the Orioles on Wednesday and allowed only three singles over seven shutout innings. He also struck out six batters.

"I'm excited, and I'm looking forward to it," Oberholtzer said of his first home start. "I'm going to pitch to my strengths and see what their weaknesses and strengths are. That's what pitching is about, making pitches at the right time. For me, it's keeping speedy guys off base and making the power guys hit weak contact and try to eat up innings."

Red Sox starter John Lackey pitched into the seventh inning in all six of his July starts and posted a 3.67 ERA in that span. He will take the hill Monday and faced Seattle his last time out, yielding three runs on 10 hits over seven innings. He also fanned six but came away with a no-decision.

Boston leads the all-time series with Houston, 11-2.

08/05 10:36:25 ET

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Local
Final
ECU 71
UNCG 50
Final
ATL 3
CAR 34
 
Final
CLE 80
DET 103
1st
SAN 17
HOU 18
 
7:30pm Tonight
DAL
OKC
9:00pm Tonight
POR
NYK
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
TOR
9:30pm Tonight
LAL
PHO
Final
STJ 82
TULA 57
Final
UCONN 81
CCST 48
 
Final
EMICH 100
CONC 42
 
Final
DREX 62
IONA 81
 
Final
SIENA 73
BUCK 71
 
Final
SAMF 65
CAMP 56
 
Final
LIB 78
CCU 58
 
Final
CLMB 69
COL 64
 
Final
ARST 56
HARV 46
Final
SYR 85
LBSU 67
Final
BST 69
LONG 64
 
Final
DUQ 69
MDES 78
 
Final
ELON 69
MAR 64
 
Final
MARQ 81
MRGST 53
 
Final
LAF 76
YALE 71
 
Final
BRO 79
SHU 76
 
Final
ECU 71
UNCG 50
Final
EVAN 85
COPST 80
 
Final
INDST 70
UMKC 73
 
Final
LIU 62
HOF 88
 
Final
SFLA 70
BGU 79
Final
RAD 119
CPNC 69
 
Final
ARMY 93
COASTGUARD 48
 
Final
SEMIZ 94
HSTOW 66
 
Final
SD 84
UWMIL 60
 
Final
NCAT 58
NCWES 54
 
Final
NDST 83
NRTHLAND 59
 
Final
SIUE 104
RMORISIL 56
 
Final
MON 58
RUTG 59
Final
NIOWA 74
SDKST 63
Final
KYST 56
TXSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 85
THOMASGA 48
 
Final
ARK 100
NWST 92
 
Final
XAV 71
FLGC 57
 
Final
ORU 94
HASK 42
 
Final
CORN 52
PETE 59
 
Final
FRES 93
STKAT 62
 
Final
RICH 63
WAKE 65
Final
NARZ 71
SDCHR 45
 
Final
MAST 80
JUD 46
 
Final
TEMPL 66
DELST 56
 
Final
BRAD 68
ILLCH 60
 
Final
UMBC 55
LEH 58
 
Final
FAIR 59
GHND 61
 
Final
HOU 80
MVSU 53
 
2nd
GRCN 45
ABCHRIST 44
 
2nd
BUT 46
BEL 43
 
2nd
FORD 40
HOW 30
 
2nd
NEV 64
NWCHRIST 42
 
2nd
WASU 65
UCD 51
 
Half
ALA 29
UCLA 17
 
8:00pm Tonight
WISC
BUF
8:00pm Tonight
WASH
USB
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
CALST
 
3rd
FLA 4
TOR 4
 
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
VAN
Final
NEP 9
BUF 17
Final
MIN 13
CHI 9
Final
BAL 20
CLE 10
Final
WAS 17
DAL 44
Final
TEN 10
IND 27
Final
HOU 23
JAC 17
Final
TAM 20
NOS 23
Final
MIA 24
NYJ 37
Final
NYG 26
PHI 34
Final
KAN 19
SDC 7
4th
SFX 20
ARI 17
 
Final
ATL 3
CAR 34
 
4th
GBP 28
DET 14
 
4th
DEN 33
OAK 14
 
4th
SEA 20
STL 6
 
8:30pm Tonight
PIT
CIN