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Final: Red Sox 5, Angels 0

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 23, 2011 09:06 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 5, Angels 0

Dice-K went eight innings, allowing one hit. Daniel Bard finished off the shutout from there.

The Sox will go for the series sweep tomorow with former Angel John Lackey facing Matt Palmer. Lackey was 3-0 in three starts against Los Angeles last season. The Sox are 12-1 against the Angels since the start of last season and 6-0 at Angel Stadium.

Red Sox starters are 6-1 with a 1.01 earned run average in the last eight games.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Angels 0

Dice-K is out for the 8th working on a one-hit shutout. The Sox have 11 hits and the Bruins have won in double-OT Life is good for the Boston sports fan these days.

Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 5, Angels 0

Crawford (2 for 3) doubled down the line in left and scored when Varitek smacked a double off the base of the low wall in right. First RBI of the season for the Captain and it breaks an 0-for-19 skid.

Sox cruising, Dice-K dealing. Can the Bruins win, too?

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Angels 0

Dice-K fanned the side. Did somebody spike my drink or is this really happening? His last two games: 12 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Angels 0

Ellsbury and stole second again. Then he jogged home as Youkilis homered to center. That's No. 4 on the year for Youk and the Sox could be out of last place before the night is over.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Angels 0

Ho-hum just another 1-hit shutout so far for Dice-K. Meanwhile, Tom Brady is here at the game watching from a suite. Wasn't he a catcher in high school? Get the gear on, TB.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Angels 0

Dice-K sets down the side in order. That's 10 straight scoreless innings for him.

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Angels 0

Ellsbury singled, stole second, tagged up and went to third when Pedroia flied to center and scored on a single to right by Gonzalez. That's the kind of baseball Ellsbury needs to play for this team. Makes things happen with his wheels.

After Youkilis whiffed, Ortiz singled to left (he has been going the other a lot this season) and moved Gonzalez to third. Lowrie had a chance to add to the lead but flied out.

Still, good start for the Francona A.C.

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Angels 0

Hunter walked and Callaspo singled with one out, the ball heading for Dice-K's coconut before he got his glove in the way. But he settled down and got Conger to fly to left before fanning Trumbo.

Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Angels 0

Jed Lowrie doubled with one out. Because that's what Jed Lowrie does. With two outs, Carl Crawford hit a ball hard up the middle that deflected off the glove of Aybar. Crawford had been 2 for 22 with RISP.

Crawford seems to gets hits whenever he gets dropped down. Maybe he can hit 11th tomorrow.

Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Angels 0

Amazing things that defy explanation: The pyramids in Egypt, a successful TV show featuring celebrities dancing and Daisuke Matsuzaka having retired 19 major hitters in a row.

Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0

Pedroia walked and stole second. Guess what happened then. Gonzalez flied to left and Youkilis struck out. This team's inability to hit with runners on base is amazing. Youkilis is 2-19.

Ellsbury, meanwhile, led off with a strikeout. He has whiffed 18 times in 64 at-bats including seven times in his last 13 at-bats. It's nice that he has four home runs. But the Sox need him to be a leadoff hitter, not Dave Kingman.

Pre-game: Good evening from Anaheim, where it's a beautiful night for baseball. It'll be Dice-K against Ervin Santana as the Red Sox try and win their fourth straight.

Hang out here for updates and please feel free to leave your comments. Go Bruins.


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