Angels sweep cellar-dwelling Red Sox
Angels 1, Red Sox 0
All-Star MVP Mike Trout belted a home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Angels to a 1-0 victory over the Red Sox in the opening game of a four-game series in Anaheim Friday night.
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Trout’s homer, his 27th on the season, came off Boston closer Koji Uehara (2-4), who took the loss.
Starters for both teams kept bats at bay. Boston starter Wade Miley didn’t allow a baserunner until walking Chris Iannetta in the sixth. Miley finished the outing with eight innings of one-hit ball and struck out six. Angels hurler C.J. Wilson went eight innings, yielding five hits and three walks while fanning four.
Reliever Joe Smith (4-2) picked up the win in relief. Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz had two hits each for the Red Sox while Kole Calhoun’s double was the only hit for the Angels other than Trout’s game-winner.
Angels 3, Red Sox 0
Garrett Richards pitched a complete game shutout as the Angels blanked the Red Sox for the second straight day in a 3-0 Saturday in Anaheim. Rightfielder Kole Calhoun had three hits on the day, hitting leadoff home runs in the third and fifth innings, giving him 13 on the season.
The Angels first scored after loading the bases in the second inning off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello. With Johnny Giavotella at the plate, Porcello threw a wild pitch, scoring David Freese from third.
That run was all Richards (10-6) needed as he held Boston to just two hits and a walk while striking out six. Porcello (5-10) lasted just five innings, throwing 102 pitches and striking out five. Converted starter Justin Masterson held the Angels to one hit in the final three innings.
Pablo Sandoval had both Boston hits, a second-inning single and a ground-rule double leading off the fifth.
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Angels 11, Red Sox 1; Angels 7, Red Sox 3
The Angels took both ends of a doubleheader Monday to sweep the Red Sox in a four-game tilt in Anaheim.
In the opener, Anaheim pummeled Red Sox pitching, scoring seven runs in second inning and four in the fourth. A two-run homer by Kole Calhoun and a solo shot by Albert Pujols in the second chased Boston rookie starter Eduardo Rodriguez.
A run-scoring single by Mike Napoli was followed by a Shane Victorino, loading the bases with one out in the top of the fourth, but Boston was unable to capitalize. In the bottom of the inning, the Angels’ scored on a Erick Aybar base hit. David Freese followed the a three-run homer to center field, scoring Aybar and Albert Pujols.
Angels starter Hector Santiago (7-4) struck out 10 over five innings to pick up the win. Rodriguez (5-3) took the loss.
In the nightcap, Albert Pujols homered twice and Mike Trout’s solo shot led the Angels to the 7-3 victory. The Anaheim lineup roughed up Boston starter Steven Wright (3-3) for six runs over five innings.
Pujols solo blast in the second inning gave Anaheim the early lead. An inning later, Wright walked Pujols with the bases loaded, and surrendered a two-run single to Erick Aybar and a run-scoring hit to Daniel Robertson to build a 5-0 lead.
The listless Red Sox bats were no match for Anaheim starter Andrew Heaney (4-0), who scattered five hits over seven innings for the win. Meanwhile the Angels’ bats continued their dominance over Boston, with Trout hitting his 28th dinger in the fifth inning and Pujols hitting his 29th in the seventh.
A two-run homer by David Ortiz put Boston on the scoreboard in the sixth inning. A Xander Bogaerts sacrifice fly plated the only other Boston run in the eighth.
Joe Smith earned his first save of the season.
Boston Notables: The Red Sox scored just four runs in the series, stranding 19 runners. … Of their 22 hits, only four were for extra bases. … The lone bullpen bright spots were Justin Masterson, who has yielded just one hit over four innings in his two relief outings this season, and Craig Breslow, who closed out both games Monday and gave up just a hit in two innings.
Anaheim Notables: Albert Pujols and Mike Trout rank first and second in the league with 29 and 28 home runs, respectively. … The Angels’ rainout on Sunday was its first in 20 years. The team used a police helicopter to help dry the field before Monday’s doubleheader. … Kole Calhoun had a monster series, going 6-for-13 with four RBI and five runs.
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