The Los Angeles swept the Boston Red Sox in a three-game series, completing an incredible comeback. The Angels won 7-3 on May 24, Wednesday night in Anaheim, California, thanks to outstanding performances from Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and Zack Neto.
Trout and Ohtani, both power hitters for the team, hit home runs in the game, marking the 26th time they have accomplished the feat together. Trout’s home run was particularly significant, as it was the 362nd long ball of his career, passing the legendary Joe DiMaggio and moving him into 85th place on the all-time home run list.
The team’s 12 home runs are led by Trout and Ohtani, but Neto’s third of the year was the game’s most memorable hit. With two outs in the second inning, Neto hit a three-run home ball, giving the Angels a commanding 4-0 lead. The Red Sox found it difficult to close the distance after that, never trailing by less than four runs.
Neto’s impact on the game extended beyond his home runs; He also singled and doubled, contributing three of the Angels’ total of seven hits.
Tyler Anderson, the Angels’ starter, dominated the game with six strong innings. He struck out three hitters while allowing only one run on five hits and two walks. Anderson’s victory was his second of the season; his first came on April 2 against the Oakland A’s. The Angels’ pitching staff as a whole was outstanding, allowing only four runs over the course of the series.
When James Paxton took the mound for the Red Sox in the first inning, he successfully retired the entire Angels lineup, including Trout and Ohtani. The Angels, however, rallied in the second inning. Brandon Drury doubled after Hunter Renfro walked to start the game, and Gio Urschella’s sacrifice fly allowed Hunter Renfro to finally score the game’s first run.
Paxton managed to strike out Luis Rengifo, but was unable to prevent Neto’s first pitch, a 94 mph fastball, from being hit for a home run. After allowing a home run to Otani in the third inning, Paxton’s night was over. He allowed five runs on four hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.
The Red Sox were able to score their first run against Anderson in the fourth inning. Masataka Yoshida hit a double with one out and Enrique Hernandez’s double drove home with two outs.
Trout’s two-run homer off Nick Pivetta in the bottom of the fourth inning increased the Angels’ lead to 7–1 and extended his impact.
The Red Sox didn’t give up. Connor Wong hit a home run in the seventh inning, which led to the second run of the game. But it wasn’t enough to beat the Angels’ impressive showing.
The Los Angeles proved their worth by sweeping the Boston Red Sox in a three-game series. The Angels won 7-3 in Anaheim behind strong pitching from Tyler Anderson and outstanding efforts from Trout, Ohtani, and Neto.