Ramirez, Betts home runs help Red Sox power past Marlins
The Boston Red Sox continued their sweet-swing ways in a 7-3 win against the Miami Marlins in the MLB on Monday.
Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez both blasted their first home runs of the season to help Boston improve to 4-1.
Both players collected two hits apiece, and Ramirez added two runs scored and two RBIs.
Brian Johnson started for the Red Sox, allowing just one run off six hits in six innings of work.
Johnson struck out five batters and walked just two. Though early in the season, the Red Sox and the Houston Astros look like clear front-runners in the American League.
Lewis Brinson, acquired by the Marlins as a part of the Christian Yelich trade, added two more hits on Monday.
Brinson had a four-hit game over the weekend, proving his leadoff spot is safe. Starlin Castro collected three more hits for Miami, moving his average up to .364.
DEJONG INSPIRES CARDINALS
St Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong went three for four with two runs scored, a home run (three), and three RBIs in an 8-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. DeJong, now batting .467 in the early part of the year, broke out last season with 25 home runs and 65 RBIs.
LYNN ENDURES FORGETTABLE DEBUT
Lance Lynn's Minnesota Twins debut did not go as planned. The former Cardinals starter allowed five earned runs in just four innings in a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lynn gave up three hits with six walks, with only 51 of his 95 pitches going for strikes.
BREGMAN FLASHES THE LEATHER
Alex Bregman helped World Series champions the Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 to improve to 4-1 this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Minnesota Twins
Detroit Tigers 6-1 Kansas City Royals
St Louis Cardinals 8-4 Milwaukee Brewers
Cincinnati Reds 1-0 Chicago Cubs
Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Chicago White Sox
Boston Red Sox 7-3 Miami Marlins
Washington Nationals 8-1 Atlanta Braves
Houston Astros 6-1 Baltimore Orioles
Oakland Athletics 3-1 Texas Rangers
Cleveland Indians 6-0 Los Angeles Angels
Colorado Rockies 7-4 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-8 Arizona Diamondbacks
New York Mets-Philadelphia Phillies (postponed)
New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays (postponed)
DODGERS AT DIAMONDBACKS
This National League West rivalry gets an early test as two of last season's playoff teams meet. Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 1.50 ERA) will make his second start of the season against Zack Godley, a breakout star in 2017 for the D-backs.