April 24, 2019
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Betts hits solo homer for Sea Dogs in rehab game

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron RubberDucks scored five runs in the fifth and seventh innings to beat the Portland Sea Dogs 10-3 in Eastern League baseball action Sunday afternoon at Canal Park.

Akron completed a three-game sweep of Portland and the Sea Dogs end their road trip with a 1-5 mark.

Boston Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with a lead-off homer in the ninth and a single in the sixth. Betts was assigned to Portland before the game from the team’s parent club on a one-game MLB rehab assignment.

Betts suffered a concussion after tumbling into the Red Sox bullpen on July 28. He’s expected to return to the Red Sox for their game Tuesday night in Miami.

Portland scored first off Ryan Merritt (10-7) in the fifth inning on a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Oscar Tejeda. Manuel Margot (3-for-4) started the rally with a double and a stolen base.

Merritt earned the win for Akron, firing seven innings on one run and three hits.

Akron responded in their fifth, scoring five runs off Mike McCarthy (6-6) and Mike Augliera. Yandy Diaz tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Bradley Zimmer gave the ‘Ducks the lead for good with a two-run single and Carlos Moncrief followed with a two-run homer.

The RubberDucks added five runs in the seventh inning off Williams Jerez. Diaz blasted a two-run homer to right, Todd Hankins doubled home two and Eric Stamets had a run-scoring groundout.

Portland added two runs in the ninth on Betts’ solo-homer and a run-scoring double by Margot.


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