By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Mike Trout and Torii Hunter drove in runs
in the ninth inning against beleaguered Boston closer Alfredo
Aceves, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 6-5 victory over
the Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Trout drove in the tying run with a broken-bat single and Hunter
ended it with a long sacrifice fly to center, scoring Alberto
The Angels appeared to be headed to their third straight loss
until they jumped on Aceves (2-9) in his second inning of work
following a three-game suspension for apparently arguing with
manager Bobby Valentine.
Aceves blew his eighth save after returning to the Red Sox after
an apparent blowup at Valentine when he was passed over for a save
opportunity in favor of Andrew Bailey, who was unavailable Tuesday
after pitching in four of the previous five games. Aceves had no
problems in the eighth after relieving Clay Buchholz, who
outpitched Angels ace Jered Weaver over the first seven innings.
Erick Aybar stole second after getting hit with a one-out pitch
in the ninth, and pinch-hitter Callaspo walked before Trout’s tying
single. Hunter’s deep fly easily brought home Callaspo, and the
Angels ran onto the field to celebrate their first home victory
over Boston in eight games since July 2010.
Kevin Jepsen (3-2) pitched the ninth for Los Angeles.
Buchholz pitched seven resilient innings of six-hit ball,
retiring 16 of 17 early on in the opener of Boston’s nine-game West
Coast road swing. Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered and drove in two
runs, and James Loney drove in a run in his third straight game
with Boston since arriving in last week’s megatrade with the
Weaver yielded seven hits and five runs over seven innings, but
his teammates’ ninth-inning rally spared him the first three-game
home skid of his major league career. He gave up three runs in the
fourth inning during a Boston rally that began with four singles
and a walk.
Trout hit his second career leadoff homer and Albert Pujols hit
his 29th homer for the big-budget Angels, who kept pace with AL
wild-card leaders Oakland and Baltimore. Howie Kendrick extended
his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI double in the sixth, and
Los Angeles won its fourth straight over Boston after sweeping a
series at Fenway Park last week.
After finishing the Angels’ road trip in a 1-for-13 slump, Trout
hit Buchholz’s second pitch near the fake rock pile behind Angel
Stadium’s center-field fence. The 21-year-old phenom became the
youngest Angels player and first rookie to get 25 homers and 40
stolen bases in a season.
Pujols singled later in the first in his return to the lineup
following a four-game absence to rest a sore right calf.
Saltalamacchia replied in the second with his 22nd homer, putting a
hanging curve into the elevated stands above right field.
Buchholz finally stumbled in the sixth when Pujols drove a homer
off the rock pile and Mark Trumbo scored from first base on
Kendrick’s two-out double in the gap.
NOTES: Los Angeles put reliever Scott Downs on the family
medical emergency list and recalled Kole Calhoun from Triple-A Salt
Lake. … Boston put LHP Franklin Morales on the 15-day disabled
list. … Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Kyla Ross threw out
the first pitch. The 15-year-old Ross attends Aliso Niguel High
School in Aliso Viejo, Calif., a short drive from Angel Stadium.
She was part of the Fierce Five that won the U.S. team gold in
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