Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/6/13
8 a.m. ET: The Astros boast one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball, but it sure didn’t look like that Monday night. Rookie starter Brett Oberholtzer and a pair of relievers combined to shut out the highest-scoring offense in the majors, holding the Red Sox to five hits in a 2-0 win for the home team. The Sox hope to have better luck on Tuesday against right-hander Jordan Lyles, whose 4.91 ERA this season ranks second-to-last among full-time Astros starters. Lyles, a 22-year-old who is already in his third major league season, has not earned a win since June 18, and Houston has lost each of his last seven starts. Opposing Lyles will be Steven Wright, a knuckleballer making his first career start. Wright has spent the majority of the season in Pawtucket, but he has made three relief appearances for the big league club. His debut was a bit of a disaster (five runs on six hits and four walks in a rain-soaked blowout loss to Oakland), but he has responded by tossing 8 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, picking up a pair of wins in the process. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET, but keep it tuned to NESN.com throughout the day for all your baseball needs. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Headlines, Live Blog

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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