Betts hits 3 HR, Red Sox oust Angels' Ohtani early, win 10-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani developed a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand nine days ago during his second start for the Los Angeles Angels.

The rookie right-hander thought it had healed enough for him to pitch effectively when he took the mound again Tuesday night in front of a sellout crowd eager to see Ohtani's next incredible feat.

Instead, the blister and the powerful Boston Red Sox were far too much to overcome.

Mookie Betts led off with the first of his three homers, and the Red Sox chased Ohtani after just two innings in a 10-1 victory over the Angels.

Ohtani (2-1) yielded four hits and three runs on 66 pitches before exiting with a blister on his pitching hand. The two-way Japanese sensation couldn't throw his breaking pitches for strikes, and the Red Sox jumped on him, starting with Betts' full-count homer on a low, 97 mph fastball.

''The stuff is there,'' Betts said of Ohtani. ''He's got it all. But our team, we had a good approach tonight. He wasn't able to land that splitter for strikes, and we did a good job laying off it and backing him into a corner where he probably had to throw a couple of pitches he didn't want to throw.''

Ohtani has had intermittent issues with blisters during the past few months, and he had a bandage on one of his fingers last week.

''I felt like it would be fine today, (but) in the high intensity of a game, it didn't hold up too well,'' Ohtani said through a translator. ''But I'm not going to be at the top of my game every start. When I don't have my best stuff, I still have to fight through the game.''

Ohtani's fastball still hit 99 mph during his first career night start, but the evening began poorly when Betts cracked his 12th career leadoff homer.

Ohtani allowed another single and threw a wild pitch in the first inning. Betts drew the only walk issued by Ohtani during the second inning despite mostly dismal control. Boston scored two more runs on Holt's RBI single and Andrew Benintendi's sacrifice fly.

''That wasn't the same split as his last outing,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said.

Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt and Betts each homered in the third inning after Ohtani departed, and Rafael Devers homered in the fourth. Betts hit his third solo shot in the seventh inning, matching his career best while Boston's formidable lineup pounded out 15 hits in its fifth consecutive victory.

''You've got to ride the wave,'' Cora said. ''We're playing good baseball, but they don't even know how many games they're winning. They just prepare and execute.''

David Price (2-1) yielded three hits and four walks over five comfortable innings as the Red Sox improved to 14-2, extending the AL's best start since 1987 by winning the opener of a three-game series between two clubs off to impressive starts.

The Angels (13-4) are still off to the best start in franchise history, but their seven-game winning streak ended in front of their second-biggest home crowd of the 21st century. The Big A was packed with 44,822 fans eager to see Ohtani, whose impressive opening month has drawn unprecedented early season attention to the Orange County club.

UPCOMING OHTANI

The defeat was a reality check on the mania surrounding the 23-year-old Ohtani, who has said he still has plenty of work to do on the mound and at the plate. He won his first two starts in impressive fashion earlier this month, and he is off to a .367, three-homer start as a designated hitter.

Ohtani and manager Mike Scioscia both said the blister shouldn't affect his ability to swing the bat.

Scioscia also said he's optimistic Ohtani can make his next start on the mound. The Angels have given Ohtani one week between starts so far, which likely would put his next start on the road against defending World Series champion Houston.

ALBERT EJECTED

Albert Pujols got his 2,989th career hit with an RBI single in the third inning, but the Angels' designated hitter was ejected in the fifth after slamming his bat and helmet into the dirt while protesting a called third strike by umpire Vic Carapazza.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Betts was in Boston's lineup for the first time since Saturday, when he injured his foot in a home plate collision. He sat out Sunday, and the Red Sox were rained out Monday.

Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker said his injured right forearm feels considerably better after some rest, but he still hasn't been cleared to throw. He missed several months last season due to a compressed nerve in the same forearm, and he hasn't pitched since March 31 this season.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Rick Porcello (3-0, 1.83 ERA) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his last start against the Yankees. He has won five straight decisions since last September. He also has thrown a complete game in each of his last two starts in Anaheim.

Angels: Tyler Skaggs (2-0, 1.69 ERA) makes the fourth start of his promising season after getting pushed back due to the Kansas City weather. The left-hander hasn't yielded more than two runs in a start this year.

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  • W: D. Price (2-1)L: S. Ohtani (2-1)
  • HR: BOS - B. Holt (1), J. Bradley (1), M. Betts 3 (5), R. Devers (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Betts RF33333200.389.493.7961.28920.0
A. Benintendi LF30010001.255.382.400.7821.0
T. Lin SS10000010.462.533.6151.149-0.5
H. Ramirez 1B40100003.327.377.545.9231.0
a- M. Moreland PH-1B00000100.296.387.444.8321.0
J. Martinez DH30100011.271.308.508.8160.5
b- B. Swihart PH-DH20000001.273.333.364.6970.0
R. Devers 3B51211013.262.333.443.7766.5
E. Nunez 2B41100102.269.321.481.8023.0
J. Bradley CF52321001.231.322.346.66810.0
C. Vazquez C32200100.244.306.289.5956.0
B. Holt SS-LF51231002.207.324.345.6689.0
  • a-walked for H. Ramirez in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Martinez in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B40000003.294.278.471.7480.0
M. Trout CF20100211.273.395.591.9862.5
C. Young CF00000000.273.273.364.6360.0
J. Upton LF40100024.294.354.515.8690.0
A. Pujols DH30110012.284.303.459.7621.5
a- R. Rivera PH-DH10000010.368.455.6321.086-0.5
Z. Cozart 3B-SS30000122.261.316.449.7650.0
K. Calhoun RF40000001.217.239.290.5290.0
A. Simmons SS10000210.313.370.403.7731.5
L. Valbuena 3B10000010.286.322.464.786-0.5
J. Marte 1B40100002.364.400.515.9151.0
M. Maldonado C31000112.238.333.286.6191.5
  • a-struck out for Pujols in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Betts 3 (5), R. Devers (2), J. Bradley, B. Holt
  • SF - A. Benintendi
  • RBI - M. Betts 3 (13), A. Benintendi (10), R. Devers (11), J. Bradley 2 (3), B. Holt 3 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (6), R. Devers (4), J. Bradley 2 (2), B. Holt 2 (3)
BATTING
  • RBI - A. Pujols (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols (6)
FIELDING
  • E - R. Devers (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - K. Calhoun (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Price (W, 2-1)5.03114602.251.1017.0
B. Johnson3.01002302.081.237.5
M. Walden1.00000104.501.203.5
PITCHERSIP
D. Price (W, 2-1)5.0
B. Johnson3.0
M. Walden1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Ohtani (L, 2-1)2.04332113.600.80-7.5
L. Bard1.26660146.301.50-8.5
B. Parker1.12001005.401.920.0
N. Ramirez2.01000001.931.715.0
C. Bedrosian1.01111116.751.800.5
J. Johnson1.01001003.481.161.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 78-49, B. Johnson 43-27, M. Walden 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 6-3, B. Johnson 3-2, M. Walden 2-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Price 22, B. Johnson 11, M. Walden 3
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Ohtani
  • HBP - L. Bard (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Ohtani 66-34, L. Bard 39-26, B. Parker 23-14, N. Ramirez 23-14, C. Bedrosian 14-8, J. Johnson 18-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Ohtani 2-3, L. Bard 2-2, B. Parker 1-2, N. Ramirez 2-3, C. Bedrosian 2-0, J. Johnson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Ohtani 12, L. Bard 12, B. Parker 6, N. Ramirez 6, C. Bedrosian 5, J. Johnson 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Betts RF33333200.389.493.7961.28920.0
A. Benintendi LF30010001.255.382.400.7821.0
T. Lin SS10000010.462.533.6151.149-0.5
H. Ramirez 1B40100003.327.377.545.9231.0
a- M. Moreland PH-1B00000100.296.387.444.8321.0
J. Martinez DH30100011.271.308.508.8160.5
b- B. Swihart PH-DH20000001.273.333.364.6970.0
R. Devers 3B51211013.262.333.443.7766.5
E. Nunez 2B41100102.269.321.481.8023.0
J. Bradley CF52321001.231.322.346.66810.0
C. Vazquez C32200100.244.306.289.5956.0
B. Holt SS-LF51231002.207.324.345.6689.0
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HITTERSAB
M. Betts RF3
A. Benintendi LF3
T. Lin SS1
H. Ramirez 1B4
a- M. Moreland PH-1B0
J. Martinez DH3
b- B. Swihart PH-DH2
R. Devers 3B5
E. Nunez 2B4
J. Bradley CF5
C. Vazquez C3
B. Holt SS-LF5
Total38
  • a-walked for H. Ramirez in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Martinez in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B40000003.294.278.471.7480.0
M. Trout CF20100211.273.395.591.9862.5
C. Young CF00000000.273.273.364.6360.0
J. Upton LF40100024.294.354.515.8690.0
A. Pujols DH30110012.284.303.459.7621.5
a- R. Rivera PH-DH10000010.368.455.6321.086-0.5
Z. Cozart 3B-SS30000122.261.316.449.7650.0
K. Calhoun RF40000001.217.239.290.5290.0
A. Simmons SS10000210.313.370.403.7731.5
L. Valbuena 3B10000010.286.322.464.786-0.5
J. Marte 1B40100002.364.400.515.9151.0
M. Maldonado C31000112.238.333.286.6191.5
Total30141061017-----
  • a-struck out for Pujols in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Betts 3 (5), R. Devers (2), J. Bradley, B. Holt
  • SF - A. Benintendi
  • RBI - M. Betts 3 (13), A. Benintendi (10), R. Devers (11), J. Bradley 2 (3), B. Holt 3 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (6), R. Devers (4), J. Bradley 2 (2), B. Holt 2 (3)
BATTING
  • RBI - A. Pujols (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols (6)
FIELDING
  • E - R. Devers (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - K. Calhoun (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Price (W, 2-1)5.03114602.251.1017.0
B. Johnson3.01002302.081.237.5
M. Walden1.00000104.501.203.5
Total9.04116100---
PITCHERSIP
D. Price (W, 2-1)5.0
B. Johnson3.0
M. Walden1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Ohtani (L, 2-1)2.04332113.600.80-7.5
L. Bard1.26660146.301.50-8.5
B. Parker1.12001005.401.920.0
N. Ramirez2.01000001.931.715.0
C. Bedrosian1.01111116.751.800.5
J. Johnson1.01001003.481.161.0
Total9.0151010536---
PITCHERSIP
S. Ohtani (L, 2-1)2.0
L. Bard1.2
B. Parker1.1
N. Ramirez2.0
C. Bedrosian1.0
J. Johnson1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 78-49, B. Johnson 43-27, M. Walden 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 6-3, B. Johnson 3-2, M. Walden 2-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Price 22, B. Johnson 11, M. Walden 3
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Ohtani
  • HBP - L. Bard (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Ohtani 66-34, L. Bard 39-26, B. Parker 23-14, N. Ramirez 23-14, C. Bedrosian 14-8, J. Johnson 18-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Ohtani 2-3, L. Bard 2-2, B. Parker 1-2, N. Ramirez 2-3, C. Bedrosian 2-0, J. Johnson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Ohtani 12, L. Bard 12, B. Parker 6, N. Ramirez 6, C. Bedrosian 5, J. Johnson 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Betts homered to left center101
  • 4TH INNING
    Devers homered to right center91
  • 3RD INNING
    Pujols singled to left, Maldonado scored, Upton to second81
    Betts homered to left80
    Holt homered to right, Vazquez scored70
    Bradley homered to right center, Nunez scored50
  • 2ND INNING
    Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to left, Vazquez scored30
    Holt singled to shallow left, Bradley scored, Vazquez to second20
  • 1ST INNING
    Betts homered to left center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jim Johnson relieved Cam Bedrosian
    • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez walked
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bradley lined out to right
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez singled to left, Nunez to second
    • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Holt grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Vazquez out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Marcus Walden relieved Brian Johnson
    • L. Valbuena: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
    • J. Marte: Marte grounded out to third
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Cam Bedrosian relieved Noe Ramirez
    • Chris Young in center
    • Luis Valbuena at third
    • M. Betts: Betts homered to left center
    • T. Lin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Lin struck out looking
    • Mitch Moreland hit for Hanley Ramirez
    • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked
    • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Swihart reached on fielder's choice to first, Moreland out at second
    • R. Devers: Devers grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Rene Rivera hit for Albert Pujols
    • R. Rivera: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cozart walked
    • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded into double play shortstop to first, Cozart out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • N. Ramirez Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bradley grounded out to second
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez popped out to shortstop
    • B. Holt: Ball, Foul, Foul, Holt flied out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Johnson Pitching:
    • J. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Marte singled to shallow right center
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Maldonado reached on fielder's choice to third, Marte to second on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kinsler grounded into double play third to second to first, Marte to third, Maldonado out at second
    • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
    • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Upton lined out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Noe Ramirez relieved Blake Parker
    • Blake Swihart hit for J.D. Martinez
    • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Swihart grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Devers singled to right
    • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez lined into double play first, Devers out at first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Brian Johnson relieved David Price
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cozart struck out swinging
    • K. Calhoun: Calhoun flied out to center
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Simmons struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. Parker Pitching:
    • B. Holt: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Holt grounded out to second
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
    • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to center
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez lined out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tzu-Wei Lin at shortstop
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler flied out to left
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout singled to shallow right
    • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pujols struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Bard Pitching:
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez lined out to left
    • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Martinez flied out to right
    • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Devers homered to right center
    • E. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Nunez singled to left
    • Blake Parker relieved Luke Bard
    • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Bradley singled to left center, Nunez to second
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez singled to right, Nunez out at home, Bradley to second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Calhoun grounded out to second
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Simmons walked
    • J. Marte: Foul, Marte popped out to shortstop
    • M. Maldonado: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Luke Bard relieved Shohei Ohtani
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez singled to center
    • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
    • E. Nunez: Nunez reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Martinez out at second
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bradley homered to right center, Nunez scored
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Vazquez hit by pitch
    • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Holt homered to right, Vazquez scored
    • M. Betts: Foul, Betts homered to left
    • A. Benintendi: Foul, Benintendi grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Maldonado walked
    • I. Kinsler: Kinsler popped out to shortstop
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Trout struck out on foul tip
    • J. Upton: Upton singled to left, Maldonado to third
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols singled to left, Maldonado scored, Upton to second
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cozart struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Ohtani Pitching:
    • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Nunez lined out to center
    • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Bradley singled to right center
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Vazquez walked, Bradley to second
    • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Holt singled to shallow left, Bradley scored, Vazquez to second
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts walked, Vazquez to third, Holt to second
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to left, Vazquez scored
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to second
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Simmons walked
    • J. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Marte grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Ohtani Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Betts homered to left center
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Benintendi grounded out to second
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez singled to center
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • R. Devers: Ball, Ramirez to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ball, Devers fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike swinging, Kinsler grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout walked
    • J. Upton: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols grounded into fielder's choice to third, Trout out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)