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video: Betts’ 3-Run Home Run Helps Red Sox Cruise Past Rays 9-3

Saturday, September 09, 2017

 

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts belted a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning as the Boston Red Sox cruised to a 9-3 win on Friday night at Fenway Park.

Boston pitcher Drew Pomeranz took a no hitter into the fifth inning before giving up two hits. He struck out seven en route to his 15th win of the season.

The Red Sox improve to 80-61 on the season and now have a 4.5 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.

Red Sox Cruise to Win

In the bottom of the first, Dustin Pedroia hit a lead off single to center field and advanced to third base on a double by Andrew Benintendi.

With two men on, Betts hit a three run home run right around the Pesky Pole to give the Red Sox an early 3-0 lead.

Boston would break the game open in the fourth inning with five runs to take an 8-0 lead.

The inning would be highlighted by an RBI singles by Jackie Bradley Jr., Benintendi and Hanley Ramirez.

The Rays would get two runs back in the top of the fifth and another in the seventh, but would not threaten the Red Sox lead.

Red Sox pitching limited the Rays to just five hits in the game.

Series Continues

The Red Sox and Rays continue their series on Saturday, September 9 at 7 p.m.

The pitching matchup is Boston’s Chris Sale against Tampa’s Matt Andriese.

 

Related Slideshow: The History of Baseball in Central Massachusetts

Baseball and Central Mass. go way back - to the 1860s. The local historical landmarks range from  Mudville to Hotel Vernon to Fitton Field. A version of these highlights is posted on the site of the new, yet-to-be-formally-named Worcester Baseballteam of the three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

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The first perfect game in the history of Major League Baseball was pitched in Worcester, on June 12, 1880, by J. Lee Richmond for the Worcester Worcesters – also known at various times as the Brown Stockings and the Ruby Legs - versus the Cleveland Blues at the Worcester Driving Park Grounds, located in the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds near Elm Park. Worcester joined the National League in 1880, replacing the failed Syracuse Stars.

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NE Collegiate Baseball

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Worcester Tornadoes

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