Red Sox condemn LA Angels to 12th consecutive defeat
Boston Red Sox handed Los Angeles Angels a 12th consecutive defeat on Monday, while the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners both won.
The Los Angeles Angels tied their longest single-season losing streak in franchise history, going down 1-0 at home to the Boston Red Sox on Monday.
Michael Wacha pitched for his first shutout in five years, extending the Angels’ losing streak to 12 games, matching the run to end the 1988 season.
Wacha pitched the full nine innings for only the second time in his career, giving up only three hits and striking out six over 105 pitches.
In a thin silver lining to a rather sizeable cloud for the Angels, Mike Trout went one-of-two off Wacha to end a hitless streak of 26 at-bats, the longest in the 30-year-old’s career.
The Red Sox confirmed a fifth consecutive victory, moving past .500 ball at 28-27, but they remain fourth in the American League East.
Escobar and Carrasco lead Mets to series-opening win
The New York Mets kicked off a three-game series with a victory over fellow National League contenders in the San Diego Padres, winning 11-5.
After splitting the four-game series in their high-profile National League matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Mets scored a combined seven runs in the opening and closing innings to pick up the win on Monday.
Eduardo Escobar went four-of-five at the plate, including a home run and six RBIs, while Carlos Carrasco pitched seven innings, striking out 10 and giving up five hits over 105 pitches.
Mariners beat AL West leaders Houston
In Monday’s divisional ball, the Seattle Mariners defeated the AL West-leading Houston Astros (7-4) in a heated contest.
Mariners manager Scott Servais was ejected after the benches cleared when Astros reliever Hector Neris zipped a pitch into the back of Ty France.
Rookie center-fielder Julio Rodriguez hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning, while Cal Raleigh added four RBIs in the win.