BALTIMORE -- One-run games haven't exactly been the Red Sox' (17-20) strong suit this season. The Baltimore Orioles (27-9), meanwhile, seem to thrive on them.
Was it any surprise, then, that the Orioles eeked out a 4-3 victory at Camden Yards Saturday, and in the process, pulling themselves into a first-place tie with the New York Yankees with four games to go.
Rookie third baseman Manny Machado homered to left to lead off the seventh inning, snapping a 3-3 tie. The homer came off Felix Doubront, who fanned 10, giving him back-to-back double-figure strikeout starts. Doubront fanned 11 last Sunday.
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.