Facing the Astros over the past few years has been quite enjoyable for the Red Sox. That's because Boston has won seven of its last eight games against Houston, a span that dates back to July 2011.
It'll be up to right-hander Steven Wright in his first Major League start to keep that hot streak going as the two clubs square off on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.
"I've had a million starts, but obviously it's my first one in the big leagues, which is exciting," Wright said. "It's something you look forward to your whole life."
Making the start so the rest of Boston's rotation can get an extra day of rest, the knuckleballer is 2-0 with a 3.65 ERA in three career games.
Wright struggled back in April in his Major League debut against the A's, allowing five runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings, but he has been fantastic in his last two relief appearances. The right-hander has tossed 8 2/3 shutout frames, getting wins in both contests.
Wright will face an Astros offense that has been unable to score many runs or get many timely hits since the All-Star break. Plating just six runs in their last four games, Houston is 4-13 since the break.
Jordan Lyles (4-5, 4.91 ERA) will take the hill for the Astros looking for his first win since beating the Brewers on June 18. In his seven starts since, he's 0-4 with a 7.61 ERA.
Allowing at least four runs in five of his last seven starts, the right-hander gave up three runs over 52/3 innings in his last start against the Orioles, but still took the loss.
"When you look up and down that lineup, there's really not a break," Astros manager Bo Porter said of the Red Sox. "It's a bunch of guys that can hurt you and you have to stay away from the big inning and keep them from maximizing their opportunities by basically putting people on base in front of the guys who can change the game with one swing."
Red Sox: Victorino named AL Player of the Week
• Right fielder Shane Victorino was named American League Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .400 last week to help the Red Sox in their fight for the top spot in the American League East.
He went 12-for-30 with three doubles, two home runs, six RBIs and seven runs scored over seven games.
It was Victorino's first career weekly award and Boston's third this season. Mike Napoli and Andrew Bailey shared the award for the week ending on April 21.
Astros: Peacock likely to get another start
• An impressive spot start by Brad Peacock could lead to an opportunity for him to stay in the Astros' rotation.
Peacock tossed seven innings on Sunday against Minnesota, allowing three runs and striking out a career-high 10 in a 3-2 loss.
"We're going to deal with the next three days, when we already have scheduled starters," Porter said. "It's an ongoing conversation with myself, [pitching coach] Doug Brocail and [general manager] Jeff [Luhnow]. When we come out of the off-day Thursday, we're going to reset the rotation moving forward from there."
In two stints with Houston earlier this year, Peacock went 1-3 with an 8.07 ERA in nine appearances, five of which were starts.
• The Red Sox are 4-3 all-time at Minute Maid Park.
• The Astros are 27-24 this season when scoring four runs or more.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.