Dodgers outfielder Chris Taylor gave his team a quick lead when he slugged the second pitch he saw from Nick Pivetta to deep left-center field at Citizens Bank Park. Fortunately for him, the ball took a favorable bounce off of the chain link fence above the wall, going back towards the left field line. Neither center fielder Odubel Herrera nor left fielder Aaron Altherr had any chance of retrieving the ball by the time Taylor circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run.
According to Statcast, Taylor went around the bases in 15.4 seconds, good for the third-fastest time on a home run this season. Justin Turner followed up by hitting a traditional solo home run off of Pivetta to make it a 2-0 game.
After Taylor’s homer, the 27-year-old is batting .291/.357/.503 with 20 home runs, 68 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 526 plate appearances.
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.
Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.
The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.
At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.