The Astros won their 50th game of the season Tuesday, and after a loss to the Twins on Wednesday, Houston will try to match its win total from all of 2013 on Thursday in Boston. The club went 51-111 last season.
The Astros and Red Sox will begin a four-game set at Fenway Park when Scott Feldman and Allen Webster toe the rubber. It's the first game of a 10-game road trip for Houston and the first of an 11-game homestand for Boston.
Webster turned in his best start of the season last Friday in Anaheim against a dangerous Angels lineup. He surrendered two runs on four hits and two walks while fanning three to pick up his second win in three starts this season.
Webster had a sloppy outing against the Yankees a week prior, lasting only 2 2/3 innings. The club's No. 5 prospect, according to MLB.com, walked six, allowing two hits and four runs.
"He was much more under control and showed the ability to make adjustments more readily than the last time out. I also thought Christian [Vazquez] did a great job with him behind the plate," manager John Farrell said after the Aug. 8 win over the Angels. "A number of times, he would double up on the breaking ball when he'd miss with the first one. The feel by Christian and their work together tonight was so efficient."
Feldman has strung together an impressive three starts, highlighted by a one-run complete game against Toronto on Aug. 3. In his last three outings, the righty has allowed just five runs in 22 1/3 innings.
The Red Sox did tag Feldman for seven runs over 5 1/3 innings at Minute Maid Park right before the All-Star break. But Astros manager Bo Porter and his club are excited to spend four days at Fenway Park this time around.
"I've always said, Fenway and Wrigley are two of my favorite places to go play," Porter said. "The history of both is phenomenal, and it's a great fan base up there. The tradition of Red Sox baseball in that region of the country -- it's a special place for sports."
Red Sox: Hall of Fame class inducted Thursday
Nomar Garciaparra, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and radio broadcaster Joe Castiglione will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame Thursday, capped by a pregame ceremony at 6:45 p.m. ET prior to the club's game against the Astros.
Martinez's one-hit, 17-strikeout gem against the Yankees in 1999 will be honored as a "Great Red Sox Moment," as well. The righty spent seven years with Boston, going 117-37 with a 2.52 ERA and .978 WHIP. He won a pair of American League Cy Young awards, as well.
Garciaparra was worth 38.4 Wins Above Replacement during his seven full seasons with the Red Sox. Clemens won three Cy Young Awards and one Most Valuable Player Award in his 13 seasons with Boston.
Both Garciaparra and Martinez will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time in 2015.
Castiglione has been a broadcaster for the Red Sox since 1983 and has written two books about the club.
Astros: Fowler returns to lineup
Center fielder Dexter Fowler went 1-for-3 with a walk in his return to the team's lineup Wednesday after missing 40 games with an intercostal (side) strain. Prior to Wednesday, he last played on June 26.
Fowler went 3-for-10 during a four-day stint with Triple-A Oklahoma City and finished the assignment without issue. He spent two games each as the designated hitter and center fielder.
Entering Wednesday, Fowler, in his first season with the Astros, posted a slash line of .270/.366/.420. Because of his return, Jake Marisnick shifted from center field to right.
Marisnick has been stellar for the Astros since joining the club at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. He came to Houston as part of a deal that sent Jarred Cosart to Miami.
Marisnick had a career-high four hits Monday and hit .500 (11-for-22) during the team's homestand. He's had multiple hits in four of his last six games.
• Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. snapped an 0-for-35 slump with a single up the middle in the second inning of Wednesday's game. He finished 1-for-3 with a stolen base, and he was hit by a pitch in the ninth.
• Yoenis Cespedes exited in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game against the Reds for precautionary reasons. The club said he sustained a right hand contusion.
• Astros first baseman Jesus Guzman will begin a rehab assignment with Oklahoma City on Thursday. He's been on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms since exiting an Aug. 1 game against the Blue Jays. The rehab stint is expected to last four games.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.