- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox couldn’t quite keep every streak going on a rainy night at Fenway Park.

Jackie Bradley Jr. extended the longest hitting streak in the majors this season and Travis Shaw’s home run made it 14 straight games with a homer for Boston.

But the season-high winning streak stopped at five when Houston rallied to a 7-6 victory over the Red Sox on Friday night.

“It’s pretty cool, but obviously we wanted to win tonight,” said Bradley, who doubled in his first at-bat to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. “We put together some quality ABs. We just weren’t able to score more runs.”

Boston’s string of four straight games with at least 11 runs and 14 hits also came to an end. Boston got 11 hits, but scored just once after tagging Lance McCullers for five runs in the second.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright struggled with his grip in the soggy conditions but credited the Astros with capitalizing on their opportunities.

“They swung at some good pitches to hit,” Wright said. “They’re just really tough. They laid off some knuckleballs that were down.

“For me to get it over the plate, I felt like I had to take a little bit off just to try and get it in for a strike.”

Wright pitched into the fifth, when Houston scored four to tie it at 5-all. Matt Barnes came on in relief and allowed two more runs on former UConn teammate George Springer’s homer to left.

“Matt’s been so good for us in those tight spots,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “We’ve been in a stretch where we haven’t really taxed the bullpen. We thought he was fresh. On a 3-2 pitch, it didn’t work out.”

Jose Altuve got three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for Houston. Marwin Gonzalez added two RBIs for the Astros.

Scott Feldman (2-2) won in relief. He gave up Shaw’s homer to straightaway center to start the sixth.

Luke Gregerson struck out two in the ninth while picking up his eighth save. Barnes (2-2) took the loss.

McCullers made his first start of the year after opening the season on the disabled list because of soreness in his pitching shoulder. He pitched into the fifth before being pulled with the score 5-all.

A pair of walks set up Ryan Hanigan’s two-run double in the second. Bradley added an RBI double, a wild pitch brought in another run and Mookie Betts had an RBI single.

Houston tied it with four runs in the fifth, two on a double by Springer.


Bradley’s hitting streak is the longest for the Red Sox since Jacoby Ellsbury hit safely in 19 straight on Boston’s 2013 World Series championship team.


Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee ligament) had his fourth rehab start was pushed to Saturday when Triple-A Pawtucket’s game against Gwinnett was postponed because of rain.


Astros: RHP Collin McHugh (4-3, 5.50) has won his last three starts. He pitched seven innings, holding Seattle to just one run on five hits in the Astros’ 5-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday.

Red Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz (2-3, 5.90) goes for his third straight victory after losing his first three starts of the season.

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