Astros rookie George Springer returned in Saturday's 3-2 win after missing one game with right knee problems. Springer starred in college at Connecticut and grew up rooting for the Red Sox.
"It's crazy just to be on the same field as them," Springer said. "I've always been a fan of them my whole life. It's awesome."
Springer had two homers and four RBIs in his previous two games before going 0 for 3 on Saturday, but he made his presence felt. He was intentionally walked in the eighth inning and later beat out a throw to second base, allowing Jose Altuve to score the go-ahead run on an infield hit by Carter.
"That's really good," said Altuve, who doubled twice and leads the majors with 130 hits. "He's a guy that can do everything and that was the big thing in the game."
Springer went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Houston's victory over the Rangers on Wednesday. With one more home run, Springer will become just the third Astros' rookie all-time to have 20 or more home runs in a season, with the last being Lance Berkman in 2000.