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Final: Angels 5, Red Sox 2

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 30, 2012 09:54 PM

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Game over: Angels 5, Red Sox 2: The game ended with Mike Aviles on third as Ernesto Frieri got the save.

The Sox were outscored 47-29 by the Angels this season and have lost eight straight games against Los Angeles going back to last year. This is the first time the Sox have ever been swept in a season series of at least six games by any opponent.

Top of the 9th: Angels 5, Red Sox 2: Lester stayed in. Can the Sox find a way to make it worth it?

Top of the 8th: Angels 5, Red Sox 2: Greinke, in his last inning, allowed a single by Aviles. Lester then held the Angels down. But the Sox are running out of chances.

Lester is at 110 pitches and surely done for the night.

Top of the 7th: Angels 5, Red Sox 2: Loney hit his first homer for the Sox, a shot to right field. Lester then worked around a two-out walk.

Top of the 6th: Both sides went in order in the fifth inning. Sox have 3 hits.

Top of the 5th: Angels 5, Red Sox 1: Ross had a leadoff single but that was it for the ox, who have been held to three hits. Lester walked Wells, who went to third on a hit-and-run single by Iannetta. Wells scored with Aviles and Pedroia turned a double play on Trout.

Top of the 4th: Angels 4, Red Sox 1: So much for Lester having his act together.

Hunter, Pujols, Trumbo and Callaspo (pinch hitter for an injured Kendrick) had consecutive singles to account for two runs. Kendrick left the game with a sore right knee.

Middle of the 3rd: Angels 2, Red Sox 1: Lester set down the side on three fly balls. Pedroia then doubled with one out. But Ellsbury grounded out and Loney lined to left. He stung the ball but Wells made the catch while falling down.

Middle of the 2nd: Angels 2, Red Sox 1: Greinke loaded the bases with one out as Aviles singled before Salty and Lavarnway walked. Aviles clocked a sac fly to center. With Salty at third, Ciriaco struck out swinging.

Top of the 2nd: Angels 2, Red Sox 0: The first inning was unkind again. After the Sox went in order, the Angels came out swinging against Lester.

Trout walked before Hunter singled. Pujols then hit a lightning bolt down the line at third that scored two. Lester set down the next three from there but the Sox are already down.

Pre-game: Good evening, gang. The Sox will try to salvage a game in the series against the Angels tonight. The good news is that their hottest starter, Jon Lester, is on the mound.

We'll have updates all game long, so hang out and join the conversation.

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