The Boston Red Sox had gone 24 consecutive innings without scoring a run, until Mookie Betts stepped to the plate against Masahiro Tanaka in the third inning on Sunday night. Boston’s lone offensive representative at the All-Star Game took matters into his own hands and took Tanaka deep for the first time in his career.
Mookie Betts strikes first for Boston.
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With Boston having lost their first game of the season on Saturday after leading entering the ninth inning, followed by their shutout in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Sunday, Betts’ blast comes at a key time, with the AL East division lead sitting at 2.5 games coming into play.