June 25, 2018
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Cespedes’ homer in eighth powers Red Sox by Angels

Richard Mackson | USA Today Sports
Richard Mackson | USA Today Sports
Boston's Yoenis Cespedes (middle) celebrates with Brock Holt after hitting a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning during the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
By Joseph D'Hippolito, The Sports Xchange

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning, giving the Boston Red Sox a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday at Angel Stadium.

Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa (4-4) earned his first road win of the season. De La Rosa allowed one run, three walks and five hits in seven-plus innings. He hit a batter and struck out eight while throwing 110 pitches.

Angels center fielder Mike Trout hit his 27th home run of the season, matching his season total from last year, in the bottom of the eighth off De La Rosa.

Los Angeles brought the potential tying run to the plate in the ninth when Navarro singled with one out. However, Boston closer Koji Uehara struck out catcher Chris Iannetta and pinch hitter Josh Hamilton to earn his 25th save.

Right fielder Brock Holt began Boston’s rally by hitting a ground ball that Angels first baseman Efren Navarro misplayed for an error. After second baseman Dustin Pedroia singled, Cespedes pounded an 81 mph pitch from right-hander Joe Smith (4-1) into Boston’s left-field bullpen.

Cespedes, the left fielder acquired at the July 31 trade deadline from the Oakland Athletics for left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes, hit his 18th homer of the season and his first as a member of the Red Sox.

That blast ended Smith’s streak of 23 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings covering 23 appearances. Smith struck out the side but allowed two hits and three runs (two earned).

Angels left-hander Hector Santiago retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced, conceding only a walk to designated hitter Mike Napoli. Meanwhile, Los Angeles had three early chances against De La Rosa to break a scoreless tie.

In the first, the Angels loaded the bases with one out, but De La Rosa induced second baseman Howie Kendrick to hit into a double play. In the third, the hosts put runners at first and second with one out before designated hitter Albert Pujols flied out and shortstop Erick Aybar struck out.

In the fourth, the Angels tried to exploit a mental error. Third baseman David Freese was at the plate when Kendrick took off from first base on a 3-2 pitch. Freese walked on the pitch but Red Sox catcher Dan Butler threw the ball into center field, allowing Kendrick to move to third with no outs.

However, De La Rosa got Navarro to fly out, then struck out Iannetta before inducing a pop out from left fielder Collin Cowgill to defuse the threat.

Santiago pitched six shutout innings, scattering two hits and three walks (one intentional) while striking out five.

Napoli was ejected in the eighth inning by plate umpire C.B. Bucknor for arguing balls and strikes.

On Saturday night, Albert Pujols delivered a walk-off home run to right-center leading off the 19th inning as the Angels outlasted the Red Sox 5-4.

The Red Sox brought in starter Brandon Workman (1-6) to start the 19th and Pujols drove a 3-2 cutter into the front row, setting off a celebration that was tempered only slightly as umpires reviewed and quickly confirmed the winning blast. Pujols finished with three RBIs and Mike Trout drove in a pair as the Angels snapped a four-game slide.

David Ortiz drove in two runs and Pedroia stole two bases on the same play in the 14th inning and scored twice for Boston. Matt Shoemaker (10-4) struck out four in three perfect innings to earn the win as the Los Angeles staff held the Red Sox to a total of six hits.

The Angels jumped in front in the first inning when Pujols’ double to center glanced off Brock Holt’s glove as he went into a dive and scored a pair. Angels starter Garrett Richards, who did not allow a hit through the first six frames, surrendered a single to Pedroia to lead off the seventh before Ortiz delivered an RBI double and Yoenis Cespedes made it three straight hits with a single.

An error on Erick Aybar allowed the tying run to score and another miscue pushed Cespedes to third before Xander Bogaerts’ sacrifice fly gave Boston a 3-2 lead. Trout lined his 26th home run over the wall in right-center in the eighth to force extra innings, and the teams traded runs in the 14th on Ortiz’s sacrifice fly and Trout’s RBI fielder’s choice.


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