Betts, Benintendi lead sizzling Red Sox past Angels, 8-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) With a homer-happy lineup and a lights-out pitching staff, the Boston Red Sox have been mowing down their opposition since the day after opening day.

Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels were the latest contenders who could only applaud Boston's formidable start.

Mookie Betts hit his second leadoff homer in three games, Andrew Benintendi homered and drove in three runs and the Red Sox completed a dominant sweep of the AL West leaders with an 8-2 victory Thursday night.

J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers also drove in runs during the seventh consecutive victory by the major league-leading Red Sox, who have won 16 of 17 since losing on opening day. Boston outscored the Angels 27-3 over 27 innings in the series, batting .371 while pounding out 43 hits.

''We're playing quality baseball,'' said Alex Cora, the first manager since 1900 to win 16 of his first 18 games in his debut season with a club. ''We're pretty good right now. We're pitching and we're playing good defense, and we're driving the ball. That's a good team (in the Angels' clubhouse). For them to score three runs against us, we're on a good roll.''

It's more than good: It's historic.

Eduardo Rodriguez (2-0) pitched six innings of three-hit ball as Boston extended the best start in the 118-year-old franchise's history. Boston's 11 homers off the Angels are the franchise's most in a three-game series since 1977.

''We're having fun, and usually when you do that, you play quite well,'' Benintendi said.

The second-year slugger acknowledged that the Red Sox aren't overly excited about their first three weeks, however. Benintendi noted that several of the hard-hit balls that went for homers in Anaheim's pleasant weather wouldn't have done the same in frigid Boston.

''What do we have left, 150 games maybe?'' Benintendi asked. ''We hold ourselves to high standards, and we just try to go out and play well.''

Betts opened the series with a homer off Ohtani and went on to a three-homer game. Betts added another homer off Nick Tropeano (1-1) in the series finale, giving him six this season - the same number as Mike Trout.

Chris Young homered for the Angels, who started the season 13-3 before running into the Boston buzzsaw. The 11 homers also matched the Angels record for home runs allowed in a three-game series.

''We didn't swing the bat to help (Tropeano) too much,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ''He had to make a lot of pitches with his back against the wall. Give those guys credit. They had a great series.''

Zack Cozart had an RBI single for Los Angeles in the second inning, but Boston reclaimed the lead in the fourth with RBI hits by Martinez and Devers.

Young hit his first homer for the Angels in the fifth. The veteran outfielder spent the previous two seasons with the Red Sox.

But Benintendi hit his first homer of the season and Devers added an RBI single in the sixth. Benintendi added a two-run single in the ninth.

Tropeano yielded seven hits and five runs in his second start of the season.

NO SHO

Ohtani went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts as the Angels' designated hitter in his first action since taking his first career loss on the mound Tuesday. Although he's still batting .324, the two-way rookie struggled while moving up to sixth in Scioscia's lineup.

THREE FROM NINE

Shortstop Brock Holt, Boston's No. 9 hitter, had his first three-hit game since Aug. 29, 2016.

UMP INJURED

Plate umpire Jerry Layne left in the bottom of the first inning after a foul ball from Trout hit him on the right elbow. Layne doubled over in obvious pain while trainers attended to him, and first base umpire Greg Gibson moved behind the plate when the game resumed after a long delay. The 59-year-old Layne, a major league umpire since 1989, had deep bruising in his elbow but no broken bones, according to X-rays.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia will travel to Boston to be with the team next week, but he's not close to returning from offseason knee surgery.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Drew Pomeranz makes his season debut in the opener of a weekend series at Oakland. The left-hander strained his forearm in his first start of spring training, but has made two rehab starts in the minors to prepare for the beginning of his second full season with Boston.

Angels: Andrew Heaney (0-0, 5.40 ERA) makes his second start of the season when Los Angeles opens a weekend interleague series against San Francisco. The left-hander has never faced the Giants, and he missed the first 14 games of this season with inflammation in his pitching elbow.

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BOS16-2
1002020128141
LAA13-6
010010000241
  • W: E. Rodriguez (2-0)L: N. Tropeano (1-1)
  • HR: BOS - M. Betts (6), A. Benintendi (1), LAA - C. Young (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF52211022.391.481.7971.2778.0
A. Benintendi CF-LF51231011.267.384.450.8348.5
H. Ramirez DH32100201.323.386.532.9185.0
J. Martinez LF42310001.338.365.618.9838.0
J. Bradley PR-CF00000000.228.323.351.6741.0
M. Moreland 1B40110023.343.415.571.9862.0
R. Devers 3B40320102.300.367.514.8816.0
E. Nunez 2B40000005.250.308.433.7410.0
C. Vazquez C40000003.224.283.265.5480.0
B. Holt SS41200000.242.342.394.7364.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B40100001.348.385.478.8631.0
    M. Trout CF40000011.270.382.554.936-0.5
    J. Upton LF40000021.263.322.461.782-1.0
    A. Pujols 1B40000000.268.286.427.7130.0
    A. Simmons SS11100300.306.383.389.7725.0
    S. Ohtani DH40000034.324.378.6761.055-1.5
    Z. Cozart 3B40110002.247.298.416.7132.0
    C. Young RF21111001.308.308.615.9236.0
    a- K. Calhoun PH-RF20000012.200.221.267.487-0.5
    M. Maldonado C20000010.213.302.255.557-0.5
    b- L. Valbuena PH10000011.279.313.443.755-0.5
    R. Rivera C00000000.368.455.6321.0860.0
    • a-grounded out for Young in the 7th
    • b-struck out for Maldonado in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (8), J. Martinez 2 (5), M. Moreland (5), B. Holt (2)
    • HR - M. Betts (6), A. Benintendi
    • SF - M. Moreland
    • RBI - M. Betts (14), A. Benintendi 3 (13), J. Martinez (15), M. Moreland (7), R. Devers 2 (17)
    BATTING
    • HR - C. Young
    • RBI - Z. Cozart (8), C. Young (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - Z. Cozart (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Devers (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - C. Young
    • E - Z. Cozart
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez (W, 2-0)6.03223513.451.2822.5
    H. Hembree (H, 2)1.00000104.090.913.5
    C. Smith1.00000105.401.653.5
    J. Kelly1.01000204.701.173.0
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez (W, 2-0)6.0
    H. Hembree (H, 2)1.0
    C. Smith1.0
    J. Kelly1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Tropeano (L, 1-1)5.17552323.751.42-2.5
    J. Alvarez0.02000000.000.96-2.0
    J. Johnson1.21000103.001.082.5
    B. Wood1.02111001.591.06-1.0
    N. Ramirez0.12210002.791.86-3.0
    L. Bard0.20000105.911.410.5
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Tropeano (L, 1-1)5.1
    J. Alvarez0.0
    J. Johnson1.2
    B. Wood1.0
    N. Ramirez0.1
    L. Bard0.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - H. Hembree (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 104-65, H. Hembree 18-11, C. Smith 11-7, J. Kelly 22-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 6-7, H. Hembree 3-0
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 24, H. Hembree 4, C. Smith 3, J. Kelly 4
    PITCHING
    • IBB - B. Wood
    • HBP - N. Ramirez
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Tropeano 89-55, J. Alvarez 3-3, J. Johnson 21-11, B. Wood 13-9, N. Ramirez 17-8, L. Bard 5-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Tropeano 6-4, J. Johnson 2-1, B. Wood 2-1, N. Ramirez 1-1
    • Batters Faced - N. Tropeano 22, J. Alvarez 2, J. Johnson 5, B. Wood 6, N. Ramirez 5, L. Bard 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BOS16-2
    1002020128141
    LAA13-6
    010010000241
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF52211022.391.481.7971.2778.0
    A. Benintendi CF-LF51231011.267.384.450.8348.5
    H. Ramirez DH32100201.323.386.532.9185.0
    J. Martinez LF42310001.338.365.618.9838.0
    J. Bradley PR-CF00000000.228.323.351.6741.0
    M. Moreland 1B40110023.343.415.571.9862.0
    R. Devers 3B40320102.300.367.514.8816.0
    E. Nunez 2B40000005.250.308.433.7410.0
    C. Vazquez C40000003.224.283.265.5480.0
    B. Holt SS41200000.242.342.394.7364.0
    Total37814823518-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      I. Kinsler 2B40100001.348.385.478.8631.0
      M. Trout CF40000011.270.382.554.936-0.5
      J. Upton LF40000021.263.322.461.782-1.0
      A. Pujols 1B40000000.268.286.427.7130.0
      A. Simmons SS11100300.306.383.389.7725.0
      S. Ohtani DH40000034.324.378.6761.055-1.5
      Z. Cozart 3B40110002.247.298.416.7132.0
      C. Young RF21111001.308.308.615.9236.0
      a- K. Calhoun PH-RF20000012.200.221.267.487-0.5
      M. Maldonado C20000010.213.302.255.557-0.5
      b- L. Valbuena PH10000011.279.313.443.755-0.5
      R. Rivera C00000000.368.455.6321.0860.0
      Total3224213913-----
      • a-grounded out for Young in the 7th
      • b-struck out for Maldonado in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (8), J. Martinez 2 (5), M. Moreland (5), B. Holt (2)
      • HR - M. Betts (6), A. Benintendi
      • SF - M. Moreland
      • RBI - M. Betts (14), A. Benintendi 3 (13), J. Martinez (15), M. Moreland (7), R. Devers 2 (17)
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Young
      • RBI - Z. Cozart (8), C. Young (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - Z. Cozart (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Devers (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Young
      • E - Z. Cozart
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 2-0)6.03223513.451.2822.5
      H. Hembree (H, 2)1.00000104.090.913.5
      C. Smith1.00000105.401.653.5
      J. Kelly1.01000204.701.173.0
      Total9.0422391---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 2-0)6.0
      H. Hembree (H, 2)1.0
      C. Smith1.0
      J. Kelly1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Tropeano (L, 1-1)5.17552323.751.42-2.5
      J. Alvarez0.02000000.000.96-2.0
      J. Johnson1.21000103.001.082.5
      B. Wood1.02111001.591.06-1.0
      N. Ramirez0.12210002.791.86-3.0
      L. Bard0.20000105.911.410.5
      Total9.01487352---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Tropeano (L, 1-1)5.1
      J. Alvarez0.0
      J. Johnson1.2
      B. Wood1.0
      N. Ramirez0.1
      L. Bard0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - H. Hembree (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 104-65, H. Hembree 18-11, C. Smith 11-7, J. Kelly 22-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 6-7, H. Hembree 3-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 24, H. Hembree 4, C. Smith 3, J. Kelly 4
      PITCHING
      • IBB - B. Wood
      • HBP - N. Ramirez
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Tropeano 89-55, J. Alvarez 3-3, J. Johnson 21-11, B. Wood 13-9, N. Ramirez 17-8, L. Bard 5-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Tropeano 6-4, J. Johnson 2-1, B. Wood 2-1, N. Ramirez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - N. Tropeano 22, J. Alvarez 2, J. Johnson 5, B. Wood 6, N. Ramirez 5, L. Bard 2
      • 9TH INNING
        Benintendi singled to center, Holt and Betts scored, Benintendi to second82
      • 8TH INNING
        Moreland hit sacrifice fly to left, Ramirez scored62
      • 6TH INNING
        Devers singled to left center, Martinez scored, Moreland to third52
        Benintendi homered to right center42
      • 5TH INNING
        Young homered to left center32
      • 4TH INNING
        Devers singled to right center, Martinez scored, Devers out at second31
        Martinez doubled to deep left, Ramirez scored21
      • 2ND INNING
        Cozart singled to left, Simmons scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Betts homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Blake Wood
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Holt safe at first on 3rd baseman Cozart fielding error
        • M. Betts: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Betts doubled to deep left, Holt to third
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi singled to center, Holt and Betts scored, Benintendi to second
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep center, Benintendi to third
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley hit by pitch
        • Luke Bard relieved Noe Ramirez
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Joe Kelly relieved Carson Smith
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Simmons reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Simmons to second on fielder's indifference, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cozart lined out to right
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Rene Rivera catching
        • Blake Wood relieved Jim Johnson
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ramirez singled to right
        • J. Martinez: Martinez doubled to deep right center, Ramirez to third
        • Jackie Bradley ran for J.D. Martinez
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland hit sacrifice fly to left, Ramirez scored
        • R. Devers: Devers intentionally walked
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bradley to third, Devers out at second
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Nunez out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Carson Smith relieved Heath Hembree
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Trout flied out to center
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols popped out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Johnson Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to third
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Holt doubled to deep right
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Heath Hembree relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cozart safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
        • Kole Calhoun hit for Chris Young
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Cozart to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Calhoun grounded out to second, Cozart to third
        • Luis Valbuena hit for Martin Maldonado
        • L. Valbuena: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Valbuena struck out looking
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kinsler grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • N. Tropeano Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Benintendi homered to right center
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez singled to left
        • Jose Alvarez relieved Nick Tropeano
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Moreland doubled to deep right, Martinez to third
        • R. Devers: Devers singled to left center, Martinez scored, Moreland to third
        • Jim Johnson relieved Jose Alvarez
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Nunez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Devers out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Upton flied out to right
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pujols fouled out to first
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Simmons walked
        • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • N. Tropeano Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Holt: Holt singled to left
        • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Betts grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Holt out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • C. Young: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Young homered to left center
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler flied out to left
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Trout grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • N. Tropeano Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez doubled to deep left, Ramirez scored
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Moreland grounded out to third
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Devers singled to right center, Martinez scored, Devers out at second
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Nunez fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pujols popped out to shortstop
        • A. Simmons: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Simmons walked
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • Z. Cozart: Cozart fouled out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • N. Tropeano Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Holt grounded out to second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Foul, Maldonado grounded out to third
        • I. Kinsler: Strike swinging, Kinsler singled to center
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout reached on fielder's choice to third, Kinsler out at second
        • J. Upton: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Upton grounded into fielder's choice to third, Trout out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • N. Tropeano Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
        • R. Devers: Foul, Devers reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Nunez popped out to catcher
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Vazquez flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Simmons walked
        • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Ball, Ohtani grounded out to shortstop, Simmons to third
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cozart singled to left, Simmons scored
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Foul, Young flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • N. Tropeano Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts homered to left
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Ramirez out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Kinsler flied out to center
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
        • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)