Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Jarrod Saltalamacchia collected three hits and two RBI, as the Boston Red Sox pounded the Houston Astros, 10-0, in an exhibition game at Minute Maid Park.
Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Red Sox, while Daniel Butler added a two-run homer. Josh Beckett gave up one hit and struck out three in five innings of work.
Houston starter Nelson Figueroa was charged for eight runs on nine hits in three-plus innings.
Both teams open the regular season on Friday, with the Red Sox visiting the reigning American League champion Rangers and the Astros traveling to Philadelphia to play the Phillies.
The Astros made final cuts after the game, and we’ll have those up shortly. The Astros will fly to Philadelphia tomorrow to open up a three game series with the Phillies on Friday. Brett Myers will take the ball against Roy Halladay for the Astros opener.