Behind three Mookie Betts homeruns, Red Sox stun Ohtani and Angels with 10-1 victory.
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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Angels 10-1 on Tuesday night. With the win, Boston advances to 14-2 on the season while Los Angeles drops to 13-4. David Price was the starter for the Red Sox and Shohei Ohtani served the same role for the Angels. The game was played at Angel Stadium in Los Angeles.
With all eyes on two-way star Shohei Ohtani, Mookie Betts quickly shifted their gaze, launching a solo shot to leadoff the game. The Sox only managed to get one run in the first inning, but spiked Ohtani’s pitch count close to 30.
The next inning was even rougher for the Angels’ starter. He allowed two additional runs to the Sox, who increased their advantage to 3-0. The tough inning, which doubled (and some) his pitch count, proved to be the last of the ball game for Ohtani.
Luke Bard, the little brother of former Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard, came into pitch the 3rd inning for L.A. The Red Sox liked what they saw from the younger brother, launching three homeruns against him. Jackie Bradley Jr. got it started with a two-run jack to deep right field, which was the first of his 2018 season.
Two batters later Brock Holt hit his first homer since 2016, with a two-run shot just over the right field fence. With a 7-0 lead, Betts launched his second homer of the contest, giving the BoSox back-to-back long balls.
The Angels picked up a run off David Price, who threw 5 innings of 1 earned run ball on the night, in the bottom of the 3rd.
Boston quickly responded with a Rafael Devers solo-homer, putting Boston in an enviable 9-1 lead.
Mookie Betts tagged on his third homer of the game in the top of the 8th to add one more to the board.
After Price exited in the 5th inning, long reliever Brian Johnson came into the game. Johnson accumulated three strong innings of work without allowing a run. Ultimately, Marcus Walden ended the game with three consecutive outs in the 9th.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Los Angeles Angels at 10:07 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday. Rick Porcello will toe the rubber for Boston, making his 4th start of the year, and the Angels will have left-hander Tyler Skaggs do the same for Los Angeles. It will be the second of a three-game series.