Carter's infield hit launches Astros

Carter's infield hit launches Astros
July 12, 2014, 10:15 pm
(AP Photo)

HOUSTON - Six-foot-four, 250-pound slugger Chris Carter isn't the kind of player who normally hits infield singles.

On Saturday he got the first one he could remember in the eighth inning to drive home a run and lift the Houston Astros to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Of course, he was helped by speedy rookie George Springer's hustle in beating the throw to second base on the play.

"That was a big hit for us and we needed that run right there in that situation," Carter said. "I was just glad I was in the situation to come through for us."

Jason Castro hit a two-run homer in the third inning to help Houston to the victory.

Jose Altuve doubled to open the eighth and chase Red Sox starter Jake Peavy (1-8). Altuve advanced to third on a groundout by Castro before Springer was intentionally walked and Jon Singleton struck out.

Carter then hit a grounder off Junichi Tazawa to shortstop Brock Holt. Springer just beat Holt's throw to second in a force attempt, allowing Altuve to score.

"That's really good," Altuve said of Springer on the play. "He's a guy that can do everything and that was the big thing in the game."

Josh Fields (2-4) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win and Chad Qualls got two outs for his 10th save. The Astros turned a double play to end the game and Boston challenged the play at first, but it was upheld.