Slump-busting Bradley sparks 9-1 Red Sox rout of Angels

BOSTON (AP) Jackie Bradley Jr. never doubted he would pull out of his slump, even as he hit .167 in June and fell further down Boston's batting order.

He kept putting in the work. Kept tinkering with his stance and his swing. Kept believing he would snap out of it.

''You have to trust that what you're doing is going to produce results,'' Bradley said after his second straight three-hit game helped the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-1 on Tuesday night.

''If it doesn't early on, it's a long season,'' said Bradley, who batted ninth and drove in four runs. ''You've just got to continue to grind. There's no other way.''

Mookie Betts homered on John Lamb's first pitch of the game, and J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 24th home run to back David Price's six strong innings and lead the Red Sox to their fourth win in the last five games. The Angels lost their fourth straight game.

Christian Vazquez also hit one of Boston's four homers to help Price (9-5) bounce back from his previous loss on Wednesday in Minnesota that was his first since May 3. He allowed five hits on Tuesday, including a solo homer to Chris Young, and two walks while striking out seven.

Bradley has now had back-to-back multi-hit games after producing just five in his previous 68 games this season. He had three hits, all singles, against Seattle on Sunday but still entered the night hitting .189.

''We all want the results now,'' Bradley said. ''Sometimes the game's a lot tougher than that. You can do everything right and still be out.''

Two-time AL MVP Mike Trout, who began the game batting .387 in June, singled in four at-bats for the Angels while serving as designated hitter to aid his recovery from a sprained right index finger. The Angels went hitless in their last three innings against Boston's bullpen and fell into fourth place in the AL West for the first time since opening day.

SAFE BETTS

Betts' homer into the Red Sox bullpen sent right fielder Michael Hermosillo crashing over the wall in pursuit. It was his 15h career leadoff homer, extending his franchise record.

''Trying to set the tone against a good team,'' Betts said. ''Just letting them know we're here and we're ready to go.''

SACRIFICIAL LAMB

Lamb (0-1) got just five outs. He allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits and a pair of walks.

He escaped more damage in the first after Betts' 20th homer of the season, then was removed in the second after giving up Bradley's two-run double and two more run-scoring hits.

''It was just a nice welcome to Fenway ballpark I guess by one of the better baseball players in the game right now,'' Lamb said. ''I tried to get ahead on the outside part of the plate and they went ahead in the run column.''

Deck McGuire needed just one pitch to end that inning, but he surrendered solo homers to Bradley in the third and Vazquez in the fifth before Martinez hit one in the sixth that made it 8-1.

IN A JAM

Price only had trouble in the third, when Young homered and then the Angels loaded the bases with two out on two singles, a wild pitch and a walk. He retired Albert Pujols on a grounder to third to end the inning.

''Pujols can tie the game at that point,'' Price said. ''To get that ground ball is big.''

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Angels: McGuire was checked out by the team athletic trainer after Christian Vazquez lined a ball up the middle in the third inning, but he remained in the game.

Red Sox: Knuckleballer Steven Wright was put on the 10-day DL with left knee inflammation, and RHP reliever Justin Haley was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

UP NEXT:

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (4-5, 3.43 ERA) gets his first start since going seven innings and allowing one earned run on Friday against Toronto. Heaney has pitched at least seven innings in three of his last four starts.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (9-3, 3.44) has allowed two earned runs or less in four of his last five starts, holding the Twins to one hit over seven scoreless innings in his last turn on Thursday.

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LAA41-39
001000000151
BOS53-27
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  • W: D. Price (9-5)L: J. Lamb (0-1)
  • HR: LAA - C. Young (6), BOS - J. Martinez (24), C. Vazquez (3), J. Bradley (5), M. Betts (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B40200010.217.280.384.6641.5
M. Trout DH40100011.324.459.6511.1100.5
J. Upton LF20000111.248.337.458.7950.5
K. Calhoun RF10000000.163.214.230.4440.0
A. Pujols 1B40000023.247.282.408.690-1.0
J. Briceno 1B00000000.375.400.6671.0670.0
A. Simmons SS30100000.308.372.419.7911.0
L. Valbuena 3B10000000.216.262.366.6280.0
M. Maldonado C40000011.243.299.345.644-0.5
D. Fletcher 3B-SS30000101.318.375.409.7841.0
C. Young CF31111021.176.262.380.6425.0
M. Hermosillo RF-LF30000020.121.194.182.376-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF32111202.338.424.6881.1139.0
    A. Benintendi LF40110001.290.374.522.8963.0
    a- T. Lin PH-2B10000012.162.244.216.460-0.5
    J. Martinez DH51211012.326.393.6461.0397.5
    X. Bogaerts SS30100201.279.338.510.8484.0
    M. Moreland 1B40110012.298.366.563.9291.5
    B. Holt 1B10100000.299.376.423.7992.0
    E. Nunez 2B31100013.253.284.350.6341.5
    b- B. Swihart PH-LF21100001.158.220.184.4042.0
    R. Devers 3B41000012.234.281.414.6940.5
    C. Vazquez C41211002.217.256.312.5688.0
    J. Bradley CF42341000.199.291.323.61413.0
    • a-struck out for Benintendi in the 7th
    • b-singled for Nunez in the 7th
    BATTING
    • HR - C. Young (6)
    • RBI - C. Young (12)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Benintendi (19), J. Martinez (19), X. Bogaerts (21), B. Holt (12), C. Vazquez (9), J. Bradley (11)
    • HR - M. Betts (20), J. Martinez (24), C. Vazquez (3), J. Bradley (5)
    • RBI - M. Betts (41), A. Benintendi (51), J. Martinez (61), M. Moreland (40), C. Vazquez (12), J. Bradley 4 (21)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (19), M. Moreland (12), C. Vazquez (8), J. Bradley (8)
    FIELDING
    • E - I. Kinsler (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lamb (L, 0-1)1.26532217.201.90-12.0
    D. McGuire4.04331136.081.434.5
    A. Morris2.14111205.791.861.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lamb (L, 0-1)1.2
    D. McGuire4.0
    A. Morris2.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Price (W, 9-5)6.05112713.661.2123.5
    H. Hembree1.00000203.741.254.0
    B. Workman1.00000101.000.893.5
    J. Haley1.00000000.001.003.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Price (W, 9-5)6.0
    H. Hembree1.0
    B. Workman1.0
    J. Haley1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - J. Lamb
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lamb 38-25, D. McGuire 55-32, A. Morris 40-23
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lamb 2-2, D. McGuire 5-6, A. Morris 1-3
    • Batters Faced - J. Lamb 14, D. McGuire 17, A. Morris 11
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Price
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 99-60, H. Hembree 15-10, B. Workman 15-10, J. Haley 14-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 5-6, J. Haley 1-2
    • Batters Faced - D. Price 25, H. Hembree 3, B. Workman 3, J. Haley 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    LAA41-39
    001000000151
    BOS53-27
    14101110X9140
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B40200010.217.280.384.6641.5
    M. Trout DH40100011.324.459.6511.1100.5
    J. Upton LF20000111.248.337.458.7950.5
    K. Calhoun RF10000000.163.214.230.4440.0
    A. Pujols 1B40000023.247.282.408.690-1.0
    J. Briceno 1B00000000.375.400.6671.0670.0
    A. Simmons SS30100000.308.372.419.7911.0
    L. Valbuena 3B10000000.216.262.366.6280.0
    M. Maldonado C40000011.243.299.345.644-0.5
    D. Fletcher 3B-SS30000101.318.375.409.7841.0
    C. Young CF31111021.176.262.380.6425.0
    M. Hermosillo RF-LF30000020.121.194.182.376-1.0
    Total3215112108-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF32111202.338.424.6881.1139.0
      A. Benintendi LF40110001.290.374.522.8963.0
      a- T. Lin PH-2B10000012.162.244.216.460-0.5
      J. Martinez DH51211012.326.393.6461.0397.5
      X. Bogaerts SS30100201.279.338.510.8484.0
      M. Moreland 1B40110012.298.366.563.9291.5
      B. Holt 1B10100000.299.376.423.7992.0
      E. Nunez 2B31100013.253.284.350.6341.5
      b- B. Swihart PH-LF21100001.158.220.184.4042.0
      R. Devers 3B41000012.234.281.414.6940.5
      C. Vazquez C41211002.217.256.312.5688.0
      J. Bradley CF42341000.199.291.323.61413.0
      Total38914944518-----
      • a-struck out for Benintendi in the 7th
      • b-singled for Nunez in the 7th
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Young (6)
      • RBI - C. Young (12)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (19), J. Martinez (19), X. Bogaerts (21), B. Holt (12), C. Vazquez (9), J. Bradley (11)
      • HR - M. Betts (20), J. Martinez (24), C. Vazquez (3), J. Bradley (5)
      • RBI - M. Betts (41), A. Benintendi (51), J. Martinez (61), M. Moreland (40), C. Vazquez (12), J. Bradley 4 (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (19), M. Moreland (12), C. Vazquez (8), J. Bradley (8)
      FIELDING
      • E - I. Kinsler (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lamb (L, 0-1)1.26532217.201.90-12.0
      D. McGuire4.04331136.081.434.5
      A. Morris2.14111205.791.861.0
      Total8.01497454---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lamb (L, 0-1)1.2
      D. McGuire4.0
      A. Morris2.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Price (W, 9-5)6.05112713.661.2123.5
      H. Hembree1.00000203.741.254.0
      B. Workman1.00000101.000.893.5
      J. Haley1.00000000.001.003.0
      Total9.05112101---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Price (W, 9-5)6.0
      H. Hembree1.0
      B. Workman1.0
      J. Haley1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Lamb
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lamb 38-25, D. McGuire 55-32, A. Morris 40-23
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lamb 2-2, D. McGuire 5-6, A. Morris 1-3
      • Batters Faced - J. Lamb 14, D. McGuire 17, A. Morris 11
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Price
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 99-60, H. Hembree 15-10, B. Workman 15-10, J. Haley 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 5-6, J. Haley 1-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Price 25, H. Hembree 3, B. Workman 3, J. Haley 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Bradley singled to center, Swihart scored, Vazquez to third19
      • 6TH INNING
        Martinez homered to right center18
      • 5TH INNING
        Vazquez homered to left17
      • 3RD INNING
        Bradley homered to left16
        Young homered to left15
      • 2ND INNING
        Moreland reached on an infield single to shortstop, Betts scored, Benintendi to third, Bogaerts to second05
        Benintendi doubled to deep left, Bradley scored, Betts to third04
        Bradley doubled to shallow left, Nunez and Devers scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Betts homered to right center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Justin Haley relieved Brandon Workman
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Valbuena flied out to right
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado grounded out to catcher
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fletcher popped out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brandon Workman relieved Heath Hembree
        • Brock Holt at first base
        • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Trout struck out on foul tip
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Calhoun lined out to center
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Briceno at first base
        • J. Martinez: Martinez flied out to deep center
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • B. Holt: Holt doubled to right, Bogaerts to third
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Swihart lined out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Heath Hembree relieved David Price
        • C. Young: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
        • M. Hermosillo: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hermosillo popped out to second
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Luis Valbuena at third base
        • Kole Calhoun in right field
        • Blake Swihart hit for Eduardo Nunez
        • B. Swihart: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Swihart singled to right center
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez doubled to deep left, Swihart to third
        • J. Bradley: Bradley singled to center, Swihart scored, Vazquez to third
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts flied out to left
        • Tzu-Wei Lin hit for Andrew Benintendi
        • T. Lin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lin struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pujols struck out looking
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Simmons singled to left
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado fouled out to first
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. McGuire Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Betts lined out to left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez homered to right center
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts doubled to deep left
        • Akeel Morris relieved Deck McGuire
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • M. Hermosillo: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hermosillo struck out looking
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kinsler singled to right
        • M. Trout: Ball, Trout reached on fielder's choice to third, Kinsler out at second
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. McGuire Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
        • R. Devers: Devers flied out to deep right
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez homered to left
        • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Maldonado: Maldonado grounded out to third
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fletcher walked
        • C. Young: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Young struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. McGuire Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to center
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Young: Ball, Foul, Ball, Young homered to left
        • M. Hermosillo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hermosillo struck out looking
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Kinsler singled to left
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Trout singled to left, Kinsler to third
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Trout to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Upton walked
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pujols grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. McGuire Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers flied out to right
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley homered to left
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi lined out to first
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Simmons lined out to right
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Maldonado struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lamb Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Nunez singled to center
        • R. Devers: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Devers safe at first on 2nd baseman Kinsler fielding error, Nunez to second
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop, Nunez to third, Devers to second
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley doubled to shallow left, Nunez and Devers scored
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Benintendi doubled to deep left, Bradley scored, Betts to third
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
        • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts intentionally walked
        • M. Moreland: Moreland reached on an infield single to shortstop, Betts scored, Benintendi to third, Bogaerts to second
        • Deck McGuire relieved John Lamb
        • E. Nunez: Nunez popped out to catcher
        • End of the 2nd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Foul, Kinsler popped out to second
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Trout flied out to center
        • J. Upton: Foul, Upton flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lamb Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Betts homered to right center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Benintendi lined out to right
        • J. Martinez: Martinez doubled to deep right center
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts flied out to shallow right
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)