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Red Sox beat Angels, 7-2, avoid setting home futility mark to open season

Gabrielle Starr, Boston Herald on

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BOSTON — In 112 years, Fenway Park had never seen its team lose their first five home games of a season.

Make that 113 years.

On Saturday, the Red Sox snapped a four-game losing streak and prevented the creation of an unfortunate new franchise record with a 7-2 victory over the Angels.

Though they fielded a starting nine full of minor league call-ups once again, the Sox got a bit of a break. Facing Griffin Canning, whom they’d tagged for four earned runs on five hits the previous weekend in Anaheim, the Boston bats were finally able to make some noise. By the end of the first inning, they’d matched their west-coast total, taking a 4-0 lead on five knocks, including a towering 429-foot blast by Triston Casas.

“The bats got it going early, and got some runs up on the board early,” said Cooper Criswell, who made his Red Sox debut as the starting pitcher. “It gives you that much more confidence to get out there and attack the hitters.”

Batting second and third, respectively, Wilyer Abreu (2 for 4, 2 R, RBI, SB) and Masataka Yoshida (2 for 4, R, 2 RBI) got things started with a double and RBI single. Yoshida extended his hitting streak to four games and though there’s been little extra-base power thus far, he has quietly reached base safely in 14 of 15 games this season.

 

After collecting just two hits in his first eight games, Abreu has four hits over his previous two.

“I think it was a matter of time that I was gonna get my rhythm back,” Abreu said via translator Daveson Perez. “I made some adjustments, and brought them to the plate and I’m starting to see some results now.”

“He’s a good hitter, and he’s a good defender, too,” Cora lauded. “He changed the game today, offensively, did a good job running the bases, and defensively, he was outstanding.”

Abreu and David Hamilton each stole a base, putting the team’s improved speed on display once again.

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