Correa doubled to score Maldonaldo and after Pérez intentionally walked Alex Bergman to load the bases, he hit Alvarez, scoring Straw.
Yuli Gurriel then singled to make it 6-0.
Alvarez hit his eighth homer in the fourth.
Astros: Brantley was activated from the injured list after missing 12 games with a hamstring injury. He started in left field. … INF/OF Aledmys Diaz was placed on the 10-day IL with a broken left hand.
Red Sox: C Kevin Plawecki left the game in the third with a jaw contusion after taking a ball hard off his mask. He was replaced by Christian Vázquez. … Left-hander Chris Sale, who has yet to pitch this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2020, threw a bullpen session Tuesday. … DH J.D. Martinez returned to the lineup following a three-game absence after he jammed his left wrist sliding into a base against the Yankees last week.
Correa said he’s reduced the leg kick in his swing at the suggestion of the coaching staff. They didn’t adjust it for the first two months of the season but asked him to change it recently.
“I said ‘All right, I’m in,’” said Correa, who finished with three hits. “It’s been pretty consistent. I’m happy with how they approached it and how they explained it to me.”
Alvarez’s home run to straightaway center was estimated to have traveled 450 feet.
Baker said he’ll take them however they come.
“I don’t care if he would have hit it just in the first row,” Baker said. “Like Hank Aaron used to tell me, ‘It’s not how far, it’s how many.’”
Astros: RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-3, 7.16 ERA) will be looking for his first win since Sept. 24, 2019 at Detroit. He’s gone nine straight starts without a win.
Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (7-2, 3.78) has won each of his last three starts and four consecutive decisions, his longest streak since 2016.
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