Mike Fiers seems to have found his pace with Houston, who opens a series against the Red Sox on Friday night at Minute Maid Park. With four Houston starters on the disabled list, the Astros are to a loss in June to match their total in May, which was seven.

Houston (45-22) leads the Western Division of the American League for 11 games and has not yet faced Boston this season. Rivaling with Fiers will be the left-hander, Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz (6-4, 4.48 ERA) comes off four innings and a third on Sunday when he allowed eight hits and five runs in the loss.

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For the Red Sox, this three-game series in Houston is part of a 16-game chain in 16 days. Of those 16 meetings, 11 are outside of Fenway Park.
Fiers is the only Astros pitcher who started the season in the rotation and has not had to go to the disabled list. He is 4-2 with a 4.29 ERA and has allowed 68 hits in 65 innings. Fiers has won in his last three starts and comes from an outing that struck out eight and allowed only two hits in seven innings and a third.

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George Springer hit a 429-foot home run Tuesday against the Rangers. That was his eighth home run of the season that at least travels 425 feet, according to Statcast. Only Aaron Judge, of the Yankees, has more long home runs than he in this campaign.

The Astros finished their three-game series Wednesday night, with a 13-2 victory over the Rangers. Houston had 19 hits and nine runs in the first six innings. Improving his record of wins to 45, the highest for a Major League team this year.

The Red Sox won five of seven games for Houston last season, including two of three in April at Minute Maid Park.


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