Boston Red Sox defeat Houston Astros, 6-1

HOUSTON—Daisuke Matsuzaka limited the Astros to two hits in five scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox won their first-ever regular-season game in Houston, 6-1 on Friday night.

J.D. Drew hit a three-run homer and Mike Lowell added a two-run single in the ninth for the Red Sox, who stayed one-half game ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL East. Matsuzaka (9-1) bounced back from his awful outing against St. Louis last weekend, his first start since coming off the disabled list ...

HOUSTON - Some things looked oddly familiar, even deep in the heart of Texas.

The hand-operated left-field scoreboard, for one, and the Citgo sign suspended over the left-field wall, both inspired by their Boston counterparts. You could imagine Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramírez wondering if they ever left home during a 6-1 win over the Astros last night in their last regularly scheduled interleague series of 2008.

Cecil Cooper, the first baseman on the '75 World Ser...