Houston (37-31) at Boston (38-28)

  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun Jun 15, 2003
  • TV: FSSW, NESN
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Byung-Hyun Kim looks to redeem himself at Fenway Park as the Boston Red Sox shoot for a three-game sweep of their interleague series with the Houston Astros.

Kim, obtained from Arizona on May 28 for third baseman Shea Hillenbrand, didn’t fare well in his home debut Tuesday. The Korean right-hander gave up four earned runs and six hits over five innings, but did not receive a decision in Boston’s 9-7 loss to St. Louis.

Kim, acquired to bolster Boston’s rotation, is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts for the Red Sox, who have won five of their last seven, including Saturday’s 8-4 triumph.

David Ortiz hit a three-run double and Trot Nixon added two RBIs for Boston, which has a major league-best .298 team batting average.

Ortiz is batting .524 (11-for-21) during a six-game hitting streak with four doubles, a homer and 10 RBIs. Nixon has hits in 14 of his last 15 games and is batting .339 (20-for-59) over that span with four doubles, two triples, five homers and 16 RBIs.

The Astros have dropped four of five since a season high-tying seven-game winning streak.

Geoff Blum and Jeff Bagwell each hit solo homers for Houston.

Bagwell’s homer was his first in 140 at-bats—the longest drought of his career—since May 5 against Pittsburgh. The All-Star first baseman, who was acquired from Boston in the infamous 1990 trade for reliever Larry Andersen, hadn’t driven in a run since May 27.

STANDINGS: Astros - 2nd place, 1 GB, NL Central. Red Sox - 2nd place, 1/2 GB, AL East.

ASTROS PROBABLE STARTER: Wade Miller (4-7, 4.83 ERA). Miller comes in off a 5-3 road loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday in which he gave up five earned runs, four walks and seven hits over seven innings. The right-hander had won his previous two starts, allowing a combined four earned runs over 16 innings. Miller, who faces Boston for the first time, is 1-5 with a 4.87 ERA on the road this season.

RED SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Kim (1-0, 6.60 ERA). This is Kim’s first start against Houston. He is 0-1 with a 7.07 ERA and four saves in 11 career relief appearances against the Astros.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Astros - Jeff Kent, .320 avg. and 48 RBIs; Lance Berkman and Morgan Ensberg and Bagwell, 12 HRs; Berkman, 47 runs; Adam Everett, 6 SBs. Red Sox - Bill Mueller, .344 avg.; Manny Ramirez, 14 HRs and 49 RBIs; Nomar Garciaparra, 58 runs; Johnny Damon, 12 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORD: Astros - 7-4. Red Sox - 7-4.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Astros - 1B Bagwell is 2-for-6 (.333) career against RHP Kim with a homer and two RBIs. … LF Berkman, whose 18-game hitting streak was stopped Friday, went 2-for-4 with an RBI Saturday. … CF Craig Biggio is batting .304 (7-for-23) during a five-game hitting streak. Red Sox - 1B Ortiz is 5-for-6 with 14 RBIs with the bases loaded this season. … SS Garciaparra has 11 triples this season, four shy of Jim Rice’s single-season club record. … LF Ramirez is batting .417 (20-for-48) over his last 13 games with seven homers and 17 RBIs.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Astros - 15-19 on the road; Red Sox - 21-11 at home.

INJURIES: Astros - LHP Carlos Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Brian Moehler (forearm), 15-day DL. Red Sox - LHP Casey Fossum (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Chad Fox (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Robert Person (hip), 15-day DL; RHP Ramiro Mendoza (knee), 15-day DL.

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W. Miller TOR vs. B. Kim SF
14-13 Record 9-10
4.13 ERA 3.31
161 K 102
77 BB 33
1.31 WHIP 1.12