By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Kendrys Morales and Chris Iannetta hit
early two-run homers, C.J. Wilson snapped his 11-start winless skid
and the Los Angeles Angels jumped all over new Boston starter Zach
Stewart in a 10-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.
Torii Hunter, Alberto Callaspo and Erick Aybar all contributed
run-scoring doubles during the three innings pitched by Stewart
(0-1), who yielded 10 hits and fell behind 9-1 in a horrific Red
Sox debut. Five Angels had multihit games, led by Hunter’s 3-for-4
effort with two RBIs.
Wilson (10-9) got plenty of help in his first victory since June
26, ending a dismaying two-month stretch of futility by the Angels’
Los Angeles’ All-Star free-agent acquisition still gave up eight
hits and three runs while laboring at times through six innings,
but Wilson struck out four and won at home for the first time since
Wilson went 0-5 during his two-month winless stretch, the
longest of his career since his rookie season. He also had an
eight-run lead at home against Tampa Bay on Aug. 18, but gave it
away by allowing seven runs in the fifth inning.
Howie Kendrick extended his hitting streak to 15 games with two
hits for the Angels, who have won seven straight against Boston,
including all five meetings this season. After sweeping a series at
Fenway Park last week, Los Angeles goes for the season sweep
Thursday night with Zach Greinke on the mound.
Mauro Gomez had three hits and Scott Podsednik added two hits
and an RBI for the Red Sox, who have lost seven of 10. Boston
dropped back to six games below .500, matching its worst mark since
Stewart’s dismal debut didn’t win over any Boston fans. The Red
Sox acquired him from the White Sox in June in the trade of Kevin
Stewart, traded for the third time in three years, went to
Triple-A Pawtucket and hadn’t pitched in the majors since June 18.
Mike Trout led off with a single and scored his major
league-leading 102nd run on Hunter’s double. Albert Pujols then
singled and scored on Morales’ 17th homer of the season, putting
Los Angeles up 4-0 after four batters.
Hunter added an RBI single in the second inning, and Morales’
leadoff double in the third led to four more runs, capped by
Iannetta’s seventh homer.
NOTES: Wilson didn’t allow a homer for the first time in his
last seven starts. … Stewart is the 53rd player to appear in a
game for Boston this season. … RHP Daniel Bard was in the Boston
clubhouse before the game, and could be back on the roster
Thursday. Bard was demoted to Pawtucket in early June after
struggling in Boston’s starting rotation. … Beleaguered Boston
closer Alfredo Aceves came on in the seventh inning one night after
blowing his fourth save in his last seven chances. Kendrick hit
Aceves’ first pitch for a single, but the reliever stranded two
runners. … Boston CF Jacoby Ellsbury’s streak of six straight
games with at least two hits ended.
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