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.
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.
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.