BOSTON (AP) _ Jon Lester struck out 11, Adrian Gonzalez and
David Ortiz hit consecutive homers and the Boston Red Sox beat the
Los Angeles Angels 7-3 Tuesday night to pull within one game of
The Red Sox, who improved to 6-0 against the Angels this season,
are 12-6 following a 2-9 start. Boston has won 15 of its last 16
against the Angels.
Lester (4-1) allowed one run, six hits and one walk in seven
innings, giving up Mark Trumbo’s second-inning homer that put Los
Angeles ahead. He struck out 10 or more for the 15th time in his
Dan Haren (4-2) allowed just two hits until the Red Sox got four
in the sixth and two more in the seventh as they rallied for a 3-1
Gonzalez and Ortiz hit Boston’s first consecutive homers this
season to start the eighth inning. Three batters later, Marco
Scutaro hit a two-run drive over the Green Monster.
Boston brought on closer Jonathan Papelbon with a 7-1 lead in
the ninth. Papelbon gave up three straight hits, including Erick
Aybar’s RBI double, then allowed Trumbo’s sacrifice fly before
getting the final two outs.
Gonzalez’s RBI single tied the score in the sixth and he scored
on Jed Lowrie’s single for a 2-1 lead. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit an
RBI double in the seventh, and Gonzalez led off the eighth with his
first home run at Fenway since he was acquired by the Red Sox. That
was Haren’s final pitch of the night.
Ortiz then homered off Hisanori Takahashi.
NOTES: Tuesday was the 8,000th game in Angels history. The first
was a 7-2 win over Baltimore on April 11, 1961, when Ted Kluszewski
homered twice and had five RBIs. … CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who left
Monday night’s game with a bruised left knee contusion after he
tripped over C Jeff Mathis, was back in the leadoff spot and
extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
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