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Red Sox stay hot, top Angels 3-1

Game over: Red Sox 3, Angels 1

That’s three straight and 10 of 15 for the Red Sox, who are now 14-14.

Nice crisp game tonight. Great pitching, great defense and two homers when they needed them. John Lackey improves to 3-1 and that’s eight saves for Papelbon.

Red Sox have won four of their last five series. Back with more from the clubhouse later on.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 3, Angels 1

Adrian Beltre gets the third star of the night behind Lackey and Ortiz. He just hammered a Brian Fuentes pitch to dead center for his second home run in three nights. He had a heck of a day, going 3 for 4 and making two great plays in the field.

Beltre is hitting .340 and the power is coming. Looks like a good deal from here.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1

Lackey, who has thrown as many as 120 this season, was pulled after 102. But Daniel Bard struck out two and got Aybar on a tapper back to the mound. The Sox will hand a lead to Papelbon in the ninth with a chance to get back to .500

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1

The Sox wasted more offense. Scutaro doubled and Pedroia walked to start the inning. After Martinez struck out, Youkilis singled to left. Tim Bogar sent Scutaro and he was thrown out at the plate. The throw beat him easily and Scutaro slid to the top of the plate to avoid the tag. Napoli missed the tag but Scutaro missed the plate and Napoli tagged him out.

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Drew then struck out to end the inning. Sox have left nine men on base. Lackey is out and Bard is in.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1

Lackey retires the side in order. Marco Scutaro went deep to the left to make the final play and throw out Kendrick, a fast runner. Lackey has allowed one run on two hits over seven innings against his former team. He’s at 102 pitches and could stay in the game.

Jason “Whitey” Bulger now pitching for the Angels. Piniero pitched well for six innings but not quite well enough.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1

Ortiz walked and Beltre singled with one out. But Hermida struck out before Hall grounded into a force Sox have eight hits and three walks and have not done much with them. They’re 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position tonight.

Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1

Lackey got three grounders in that inning. He has retired 10 of the last 11 batters he has faced. His line so far: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He has thrown 92 pitches and is good for another inning. Tremendous effort against his former club.

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1

Pedroia singled with one out by Piniero came back to strike both Martinez and Youkilis swinging. This is the 24th time Youkilis has fanned at least three times in a game. He struck out four times once, last July 29 against Oakland

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1

Lackey was a pitch away from a 1-2-3 inning when Wood drove a cutter into the Monster Seats. Beltre, by the way, made a nice play for the first out, snapping up a hard hit ball that bounced near his head.

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

Wait a second. So Terry Francona is not a moron? David Ortiz just deposited a 1-1 changeup into the second row of the Monster Seats. He now has four on the season. He didn’t get his fourth last year until June 11. It’s May 5

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Angels 0

Strong inning as Lackey retires the side. After needing 41 pitches to get through the first two innings, he has tossed 22 in the last two. Alert the Wall Street Journal, his ERA is down to 3.97.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Angels 0

Victor Martinez can’t get a break. On the 10th pitch of his at-bat, he hammered a two-seam fastball as Pedroia was running. It might have gone for a double. Instead Kendrick jumped up, snagged it and doubled Pedroia off.

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

Lackey walked Abreu with one out. Hunter broke his bat on a grounder to third. Beltre stayed his ground as the ball and bat flew at him and started a 5-4-3 double play. The guy is a heck of a third baseman, give him a chance. Just watch him over the course of time. He’s very good at what he does.

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

That inning was great evidence why you have to let a baseball season breathe a little before you start passing judgment.

Drew walks and Ortiz (yes, David Ortiz) singed sharply into center. Then Beltre grounded a ball down the third-base line that hit the bag and deflected into left field for an RBI single. Last weekend, that ball doesn’t hit the bag and it’s a double play.

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Hermida, the next hitter, hit a line drive back to the mound. Piniero caught it, doubled Ortiz off second and the Angels nearly caught Beltre off first for a triple play. Bill Hall then singled but Scutaro grounded to second.

Middle of the second: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

Lackey loaded the bases as Morales singled, Izturis walked and Napoli was hit by a pitch. But he struck out Wood swinging to end the inning.

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

Martinez singled with two outs but Youkilis struck out looking. The Angels are in desperate times for them. They have not lost six straight since April of 2007.

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

Lackey ‚ who hit 95 for the first time this year as far as I can recall, retired the side in order The tall Texan looks fired up.

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

First pitch at 7:13 and it’s a comfortable 69 degrees. Great night for baseball. Hope you enjoy the game and feel free to add your comments.

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