Betts bookends Red Sox win

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

You're forgiven if you didn't stay up to the end of the game late Friday night...or early Saturday morning as the case may be.

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Mookie Betts (pictured) homered in the top of the first inning and then did it again in the top of the 15th as the Red Sox clawed their way to a 7-6 win over the Angels in Anaheim.

With the Athletics and Rays having already won, this was a game Boston simply could not afford to lose if they were to keep their already slim chances of a Wild Card spot alive.

Since the disaster that was the three-game sweep at the hands of the Yankees, your Boston Red Sox are 15-7 (.681), four games behind Tampa Bay and six behind Oakland in the loss column.

Nathan Eovaldi started for Boston and delivered four strong innings striking out eight. But it was the six innings of relief served up by Darwizon Hernandez (two) and Andrew Cashner (four!) that allowed for the comeback to even happen.

Betts led the offense with three hits and two RBI's while J.D. Martinez homered and doubled while driving in three.

The game lasted nearly five and a half hours and with Boston using seven relief pitchers in Friday's game, the Red Sox have yet to announce a starter for Saturday night's game, which was already slated to be a "bullpen game."

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