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Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) _ The Los Angeles Angels needed a strong outing by
their starter after a disastrous series that wrapped up a
disappointing homestand.

They got it from Ervin Santana.

The right-hander pitched 6 1-3 solid innings and the Angels beat
the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night after getting swept in a
four-game series against Tampa Bay.

“I don’t see our guys tense or anything,” Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said. “They’re frustrated and they went through a very
tough homestand. The only thing that’s going to cure that is to
start to play to your potential and start to win.”

Mark Trumbo did that against Boston after getting just 14 hits
in his previous 76 at-bats. His career-best 30th homer, a two-run
shot, gave the Angels a 5-0 lead in the fifth.

“I can’t pinpoint one thing,” he said. “It just feels more
like my swing when it’s going well. I always try and drive the
ball, but maybe my swing was overly aggressive. I tried to tone it
down a little bit.”

The Angels are four games behind Baltimore for the second
wild-card berth in the AL. After three games in Boston, they have
three in Detroit, which is one spot and 2 1/2 games ahead of them.
Los Angeles’ playoff hopes took a beating when it went 3-7 on
the homestand that ended Sunday.

But Santana’s performance was a rare strong outing for the
Angels’ starters, who entered the game with a 6.76 ERA in in August
and had allowed 27 runs in 17 1-3 innings in the series against the
Rays. Santana is 3-0 in his last five starts after going 0-3 in his
previous five.

“I always have confidence,” he said. “When we started to
score runs it just builds my confidence more.”

Santana (7-10) allowed two runs on five hits with four
strikeouts and two walks, leaving after throwing 100 pitches. He
gave up three runs or less for the fourth time in five starts.

Mike Trout had two hits, giving him 139 in the first 100 games
of his rookie season, the most since 1964 when Tony Oliva had 144
for Minnesota. But his streak of 30 successful stolen base attempts
ended in the eighth when Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw him out at
second base on a pitchout.

Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 16
opportunities.

Aaron Cook (3-7) was touched for five runs on 11 hits in five
innings and fell to 1-6 in his last eight starts. Boston lost for
the fifth time in seven games overall.

“I felt pretty good. I felt like I was making pitches. They
just were finding holes with those singles,” he said.

Until the homer that flew far over the left-field wall.

“Trumbo just hit a ball about as hard as you can hit one,”
Cook said.

The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by
Albert Pujols that drove in Trout, who had singled and moved to
second on Cook’s wild pickoff attempt. It was Trout’s 97th run,
breaking a tie with Joe Jackson of the Cleveland Indians for
second-most runs in the first 100 games of a career since 1900.
Jackson did it in 1911. Joe DiMaggio’s 100 runs in 1936 are the
most.

Los Angeles added two runs on five singles in the fourth. Howie
Kendrick and Alberto Callaspo got the first two hits. Erick Aybar
then singled, scoring Kendrick and sending Callaspo to third. But
Aybar was caught in a rundown and tagged between first and second.
Chris Iannetta then singled in Callaspo.

The Angels made it 5-0 in the fifth on a single by Kendrys
Morales and Trumbo’s 30th homer, surpassing his personal best set
last year.

The Red Sox managed just four hits in the first five innings
then cut the lead to 5-2 in the sixth on Saltalamacchia’s 21st
homer of the year following a walk to Cody Ross. Boston scored its
final run in the seventh when Scott Podsednik doubled, took third
on a groundout and came home on a wild pitch by Jordan Walden.

“We have to play better collectively,” Ross said. “We’re just
not playing together. It seems like we get chances, opportunities,
have pitchers on the ropes and try to do too much.”

Notes: The last time Trout was out trying to steal was June 4
against Seattle. … All of Boston’s uniformed personnel wore the
No. 6 on the backs of their jerseys in honor of former Red Sox
player, manager and broadcaster Johnny Pesky, who died Aug. 13 at
age 92. A moment of silence was held during a pregame ceremony. …
The Red Sox placed LF Carl Crawford on the 15-day disabled list
with a left elbow injury, optioned 3B Danny Valencia to Triple-A
Pawtucket and activated OF Daniel Nava and RHP Vicente Padilla from
the disabled list. … The teams met for the first time this
season, the latest that has happened in the history of their
series.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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