BOSTON (AP) — Mike Trout hit the first home run of his career at Fenway Park and the Los Angeles Angels snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 12-4 rout of the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.
Justin Upton added a three-run homer in the first inning.
With his 428-foot drive over the Green Monster in the sixth inning, Trout has now homered in every American League ballpark. He had played 21 games in Boston without connecting.
Trout was replaced in the seventh, having been hit in his shoulder by a pitcher earlier in the game.
The Angels added seven runs in a sloppy seventh inning by Boston in which it issued two walks, hit two batters and gave up four singles. The Red Sox also had an error and a passed ball.
The loss denied Boston its first three-game win streak since it won three straight games against the Yankees last month and was a setback to the Red Sox’s recent resurgence.
Taylor Cole (2-3) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.
Rick Porcello (10-9) took the loss, giving up both home runs. He lasted five innings, allowing five earned runs off five hits, walking one and striking out four.
Porcello retired 14 batters in a row after Upton’s homer, but for the first time in several starts didn’t get run support.
Porcello entered the night having won five of his previous six starts despite allowing 26 earned runs in 34 1/3 innings. But he had also benefited from a major-league-leading 7.3 runs per start by Boston’s offense.
The runs weren’t there for him on Saturday.
The Red Sox left 11 runners on base after outscoring the Angels 19-4 in the first two games of the series.
Angels manager Brad Ausmus pulled starter Andrew Heaney with two outs in the fourth after the Red Sox got runners at first and third. The threat ended after reliever Taylor Cole got Mookie Betts to fly out to right field.
Heaney left after allowing one earned run on three hits. He walked one and struck out four.
Angels: Shohei Ohtani threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday and said his velocity is improving. “Before I get into the breaking balls, I need to hit my velocity, but I think we’re getting close,” Ohtani said through a translator. He reached as high as 82 mph and joked that put him at “probably about 82 percent” of his goal. Ausmus is pleased at the progress. “He was good. No complaints, so that was good,” he said.
Red Sox: 1B/OF Steve Pearce (low back strain) hit in the cage and ran lightly in the outfield on Saturday. He said he can do everything but run sprint after being set back by a partially torn ACL. “In this game you have to be able to run and you need to be able to burst and that’s what I’m having trouble doing right now,” he said. Pearce said the ACL injury won’t require surgery and is being treated with exercise as he tries to build the muscles around it.
Angels: Left-hander Patrick Sandoval (0-0, 3.60 ERA) is making his second appearance for the Angels this season after getting a no-decision in his major league debut at Cincinnati.
Red Sox: Right-hander Andrew Cashner (10-7, 4.68 ERA) is a win shy of matching his career high of 11, set with the Rangers in 2017. He’s pitched six or more innings in each of his last three career starts against the Angels.
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