April 16, 2024

O’Neill homers for record 5th straight Opening Day as Red Sox win

Tyler O’Neill homered in his fifth straight Opening Day recreation to set a significant league record, this time towards the group that drafted him, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4 on Thursday night time.

“You always want to kick the season off with a bang,” O’Neill stated. “Fortunately, I’ve been able to do it a couple times in row now. Just having a lot of fun out there.”

Rafael Devers homered and doubled off Seattle ace Luis Castillo, nevertheless it was O’Neill’s homer on the primary pitch from Cody Bolton within the eighth inning that gave the Red Sox a 6-4 lead and made historical past.

O’Neill homered the earlier 4 opening days with St. Louis, tying him with Todd Hundley (1994-97), Gary Carter (1977-80) and Yogi Berra (1955-58). He was a high prospect within the Mariners group earlier than being traded to St. Louis in 2017.

The homers and a few strong pitching helped Boston supervisor Alex Cora take pleasure in his first Opening Day win as a supervisor.

Devers hit an opposite-field two-run homer on an elevated fastball from Castillo within the third inning and his one-out double within the fifth helped result in one other run for Boston. Connor Wong added a two-out RBI single within the sixth on a pitch effectively off the plate.

Boston starter Brayan Bello (1-0) pitched 5 innings and restricted the harm to Mitch Haniger’s two-run homer after he spent final season with San Francisco. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for the save after recording 29 final season for Boston.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.