Ohtani’s ninth-inning homer prevents Red Sox from sweeping Angels

Shohei Ohtani, Jose Iglesias

Shohei Ohtani celebrates with Jose Iglesias after hitting a two-run homer in the ninth inning Sunday, giving the Los Angeles Angels a 6-5 win over the Red Sox in Boston. Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

BOSTON — Shohei Ohtani hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Angels rallied past the Boston Red Sox 6-5 Sunday, ending a four-game losing streak.

Boston closer Matt Barnes (1-1) retired the first two batters in the ninth before giving up a bloop single to Mike Trout.

Ohtani followed with his major league high-tying 12th home run, tucked just inside the Pesky Pole in right field. It was Ohtani’s second homer of the series and stopped Boston’s three-game winning string.

Raisel Iglesias (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Mike Mayers recorded his second save of the season.

Drew Butera’s two-run single capped a four-run second off Nathan Eovaldi that put the Angels ahead 4-0.

Rafael Devers hit a three-run drive and Kevin Plawecki hit his first homer in a four-run fifth that gave Boston a 5-4 lead.

Eovaldi allowed four runs with six strikeouts in five innings. Angels starter Jose Quintana gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven.


Angels: Ohtani’s next pitching start has been pushed back a day, to Tuesday against Cleveland, because of fatigue. … Outfielder Justin Upton was not in the lineup. Manager Joe Maddon said it was a scheduled day of rest… Infielder David Fletcher was not in the starting lineup because he is dealing with what Maddon called an issue in the groin/hip area… Right-hander Alex Cobb (right middle finger blister) is progressing and could return later in the week.

Red Sox: Right-hander Garrett Whitlock was reinstated Sunday from the COVID-19-related injured list. … Kiké Hernandez continues to rehab from a right hamstring strain. He played center field for Triple-A Worcester on Sunday, recording five RBI on two homers, including the first grand slam in the history of the team’s new park. … Infielder Christian Arroyo (left hand contusion) was scheduled to hit off a tee on Sunday, with a plan to take batting practice by Wednesday. … Manager Alex Cora said utility player Danny Santana (severe right foot infection in spring training) is “almost there.”

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