By Maureen Mullen
BOSTON – Second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Friday’s game against the Astros at Fenway Park – a 5-3 loss in 10 innings – after the eighth inning.
He fouled a ball off his right foot earlier in the game, on a pitch from Astros’ lefty Dallas Keuchel in the third inning before striking out to end the inning. Pedroia, who went 0-for-4 –- including uncharacteristic consecutive swinging strikeouts in the third and fifth -- left the game after grounding out in the eighth.
Kelly Johnson replaced him at second base.
“He fouled a ball off the right foot,” said manager John Farrell. “He came out obviously sore. We’ll check him in the morning or when he reports tomorrow to see if he’s available. But he’s a little bit sore after tonight.”
On Thursday, in the series opener against the Astros, Pedroia went 3-for-5 with two RBI, his first three-hit game since July 6. He entered the game hitting .285/.347/.382, with hits in 12 of his last 14 games, including multiple hits in nine of those games.