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David Ortiz homers, drives in 2 runs, scores 3 to lead Red Sox over Astros 7-2

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, watches his solo home run in front of Houston Astros' Jason Castro in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, watches his solo home run in front of Houston Astros' Jason Castro in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, celebrates his solo home run as Houston Astros' Jason Castro looks down in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, celebrates his solo home run as Houston Astros' Jason Castro looks down in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz points to the dugout as he rounds first base on a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Boston, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz points to the dugout as he rounds first base on a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Boston, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

David Ortiz went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, boosting his batting average over .500 as the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 7-2 Thursday night to win their eighth straight series opener.

Ortiz, who also scored three runs, is 11 for 20 (.550) with five RBIs since returning last weekend. He missed 71 of last year's final 72 games and most of the first three weeks this season because of a heel injury.

Boston has won 10 of its last 13 and taken the first eight series openers of a season for the first time in team history.

Clay Buchholz (5-0) allowed two runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings with 10 strikeouts and two walks. His ERA rose from 0.90 to 1.19.