Three homers send Angels to sweep of Red Sox

Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Zach Neto homered, Tyler Anderson pitched six strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 7-3 victory on Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif.

The home runs by Trout and Ohtani marked the 26th time they have homered in the same game. Trout socked his 362nd career long ball, moving him past Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio and into 85th place on the all-time list.

Trout and Ohtani are tied for the team lead with 12 homers, but Neto’s third of the season was the biggest hit of the night. Neto hit a two-out, three-run homer in the second inning for a 4-0 lead, and the Red Sox never got closer than four runs the rest of the way.

Neto also singled and doubled in the game, finishing with three of the Angels’ seven hits in the game.

Anderson (2-0) gave up one run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts, earning his first victory since his first start of the season on April 2 vs. the Oakland A’s.

The Angels’ pitching staff allowed just four runs total in the series.

Red Sox starter James Paxton (1-1) retired the Angels in order in the first inning, including strikeouts of Trout and Ohtani. However, the hosts got to him in the second.

Hunter Renfroe led off with a walk, went to third on a double by Brandon Drury and scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Gio Urshela.

Paxton struck out Luis Rengifo before Chad Wallach. Neto then was first-pitch swinging, and he homered on a 94 mph fastball.

Paxton gave up Ohtani’s homer in the third inning, and the lefty was finished after that frame, having allowed five runs on four hits and three walks. He fanned five.

The Red Sox scored their first run of the game against Anderson in the fourth inning. Masataka Yoshida hit a one-out double and scored on a two-out double by Enrique Hernandez.

Trout’s two-run homer off Nick Pivetta in the bottom of the fourth increased the Angels’ lead to 7-1.

Conor Wong homered in the seventh inning for Boston’s second run of the game.


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