By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
HOUSTON -- Just as road interleague games are coming to an end for another season, the Red Sox seem to be getting the hang of things.
The Sox scored early (three runs in the first) and added on late (six runs over the last three innings) to cruise to an easy 10-4 victory over the Houston Astros.
The win was Boston's third in a row against NL teams after a stretch that saw them go 1-7 in interleague play.
Boston got nine hits from its 2-3-4 hitters (Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis), pounding out 13 hits in all.
Even Darnell McDonald, who came into the game with just six hits all season, contributed, belting a three-run homer in the eighth to put the game effectively out of reach.
The first five Red Sox hitters reached in the first against J.A. Happ, resulting in the early lead.
Back-to-back doubles by Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia producd another run and Yamaico Navarro, pinch-hitting for starter Andrew Miller, launched his first major league homer in the seventh.
Miller turned in his third straight good start, going six innings while allowing two runs on seven hits.
Four other relievers -- Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard, Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler -- finished out the game after Miller left.
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Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
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.