Boston right fielder Mookie Betts drove in six run and hit two home runs en route to an 11-1 Red Sox win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox quickly put their 4-1 Sunday loss to Tampa Bay behind them as the Red Sox offense got the best of the A’s pitching staff.
Oakland jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Red Sox bats came alive in the second as they began to run away with the game.
The second inning of singles:
First baseman Sam Travis, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, third baseman Rafael Devers, catcher Christian Vazquez and second baseman Dustin Pedroia all hit singles in the second inning – with RBIs coming from Bogaerts, Vazquez and Pedroia.
Betts drove in two runs on a triple off right field bullpen wall for the Sox to take a 5-1 lead. Betts stayed hot in the fourth when he hit a two-run home run to up Boston’s lead, 7-1.
Betts hit his second two-run home run in the sixth inning, giving Boston a comfortable 11-1 lead.
Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (5-5, 4.19 ERA) gave up just one hit and one earned, while walking four and hurling nine strikeouts over six innings.
The win improved the Red Sox to 82-62 as Oakland falls to 63-81 with 18 games left in the regular season.
American League East Division Watch: The Red Sox are now four games ahead of the New York Yankees in the American League East Division as they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. The magic number to clinch the division is now down to 15 games.
Game MVP: Mookie Betts: He went 3-for-5 on the night, scoring two runs and driving in six. He became the first player in Red Sox history to have consecutive seasons with 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases.
Fun fact: Betts is second in Red Sox history with most multi-home run games before turning 25. Hall of Famers Jim Rice (12) and Ted Williams (8) are the only other two players to accomplish this feat.
Injury update: After utility infielder Eduardo Nunez was expected back in the lineup for Tuesday’s game, it was announced that he will miss at least a week with a sprain in his right knee.