Red Sox

Final: Red Sox 16, Angels 4

Locked in a 3-3 tie with the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning, the Red Sox turned on the jets and unleashed a mighty offensive surge, scoring multiple runs in each of the next four frames to clobber the Angels, 16-4.

The Sox bashed five homers -- two from J.D. Martinez, and one each from Rafael Devers, Mitch Moreland and Mookie Betts. Martinez also had two doubles and knocked in four runs.

Starter Brian Johnson, who gave up a three-run homer in the first inning, lasted just 2.1 innings. But four more relievers covered things the rest of the way, allowing just one more run between them.

WHO: Red Sox (61-56) vs. Los Angeles Angels (56-60)

WHEN: 7:10 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SERIES TO DATE: Boston 1-0
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP Brian Johnson (1-1, 6.88) vs. RHP Jamie Barria (4-5, 6.36)
TV/RADIO: NESN, MLB Network/WEEI 93.7 FM

IN-GAME OBSERVATIONS:

10:19  Devers appears to have definitively broken out of his skid tonight, with a sharp two-run single in the sixth and, there, a homer down the right field line, No. 24

9:53   Have a night, J.D. Martinez. Second homer - and remember, he missed hitting another one in his previous at-bat by a foot or two at most. Two homers, two doubles, 12 total bases, three runs scored, four RBI.

9:31   Two-run single by Rafael Devers -- just the sixth hit he's had this month -- and the rout is on. The Angels' bullpen is atrocious.

9:10  Bad look for Martinez, who drills a ball off the bullpen wall, but mistakenly thought it was a homer and went into a home run trot as he approached second base and then past the bag, only to have to scamper back and just beat the throw from the outfield.

8:50  A shot into the Monster Seats for Mookie Betts, scoring Bradley ahead of him. That's HR No. 20 for Betts and gives the Red  Sox their first lead of the night.

8:38  Nice relief job from Walden, who has gotten seven outs and has yet to allow a hit. He's also been efficient, throwing just 16 pitches in the last two innings.

8:27  Yup, Martinez is hot. Two-run homer on a fat four-seamer over the middle of the plate, driven into the Red Sox bullpen. That's seven homers in his last 18 games and five straight games with multi-hits.

8:04 That's all for Johnson, who gives the Red Sox just 2.2 IP, allowing three runs while being responsible for a baserunner. He threw just 50 pitches. Marcus Walden on.

7:38 J.D. Martinez doubles off The Wall, scoring Mookie Betts from second. That double extends Martinez's on-base streak to 18 games and his hitting streak to eight straight. He's knocked in 16 runs in his last 18 games.

7:19 Home plate umpire Mark Ripperger appeared to badly miss a 3-and-2 curveball that should have been strike three to Justin Upton. Then, four pitches later, Brian Johnson gives up a three-run homer to Albert Pujols. Johnson took a loonnnng look in at Ripperger as Pujols circled the bases.

 

 

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