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Lackey returns a winner, Sox top Angels

Game over: Red Sox 4, Angels 2

Nice win for the Sox, who scored four runs in the final three innings to get the win for John Lackey (10-5). He was a beast, throwing 124 pitches and working into the 8th inning.

That’s 24 saves for Jonathan Papelbon. The Sox are 5-4 on their road trip, having won four of the last six.

Get this: They’re 6-0 against the Angels this season, having outscored them 46-21.

Back with more later on.

Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 4, Angels 2

Another big run. Scutaro doubled and scored when Ortiz grounded into the shift, pitcher Brian Fuentes was late covering the bag and Howie Kendrick threw the ball away.

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Now Papelbon in to try and close it out.

Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Angels 2

My bad. Lackey stayed in. He got an out before Abreu homered to right. He threw 124 pitches, matching his season high. Francona’s solution for a bad bullpen is not to use it. Now Bard is in.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Angels 1

Big run there as Ortiz walked and hustled in when Beltre doubled. That’s 64 RBis for Adrian.

Hope you stayed up. What a great game to watch.

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

John Lackey has to be fired up. He allowed one run on six hits over seven innings against his former team and will likely leave with the lead. His night could be done as Bard warms up.

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

How about that Darnell McDonald? He drew a two-out walk and raced to third when Scutaro singled up the middle. He just beat the throw from Hunter. Lowrie then crunched a high fastball to left for a two-run double.

The Sox lead and Lackey need to get through one inning to get the ball to Bard.

Top of the 7th: Angels 1, Red Sox 0

Lackey is dealing as he retired the Angels on three grounders. He has allowed three earned runs in 21 innings since the break.

Middle of the 6th: Angels 1, Red Sox 0

The Sox went in order again. Weaver has thrown a terrific game. Four hits over six innings with one walk and seven strikeouts.

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Top of the 6th: Angels 1, Red Sox 0

Nice defensive inning for the Sox. Cameron faced back to snag a deep fly by Izturis with his back to the plate. Callaspo then singled and was gunned down going to second by Hermida. Lackey then struck out Abreu.

Middle of the 5th: Angels 1, Red Sox 0

McDonald (2 for 2) led off with a double then took third when Scutaro flied to center. But Lowrie popped to left and Youkilis grounded to short.

Top of the 5th: Angels 1, Red Sox 0

Lackey put two runners on with two outs but got Mathis to ground into a force to end the inning. He has done his job for the most part so far.

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

Weaver struck out the side. He has retired seven in a row, five by strikeout, and has seven K’s for the game.

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

Rivera led off the inning with a double and was sacrificed to third by Mathis. When Izturis grounded to short, Rivera headed for the plate and was thrown out by Scutaro.

With two outs, Callaspo singled then Abreu doubled in a run with a laser off the wall in right field. But Lackey struck out Hunter to end the inning and control the damage.

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

The Sox went in order as Youkilis and Ortiz struck out before Martinez popped to center.

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

Hermida botched up a Matsui fly ball and was called for an error. Lackey, who doesn’t hide his emotions well, cast his usual dirty look. But with Matsui on second, Napoli flied to center and Kendrick grounded to second.

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

McDonald and Scutaro had two-out singles before Lowrie flied to center. That’s five LOB already.

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

Lackey was booed when he took the mound then retired he side in order. You can bet he must really want to pitch well tonight. His departure from the Angels was acrimonious.

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

That was a weird inning, both unlucky and unproductive for the Sox.

Lowrie doubled with one out. Youkilis then walked. Ortiz grounded into a fielder’s choice as Lowrie was tagged out going to third. Martinez then grounded to third as well. The throw went wild — but right to second baseman Howie Kendrick, who was 10 feet off the bag. Everybody was safe.

With the bases loaded, Beltre grounded to third and Callaspo stepped on the bag for the final out of the inning.

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

Good evening from Angel Stadium as the Red Sox prepare to take on the Los Angeles Angels. John Lackey is back in the O.C. to take on Jered Weaver in what should be an interesting game.

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