Game over: Angels 3, Red Sox 0: The Red Sox dropped two out of three to the Angels after winning the opener here.
Jered Weaver outdueled John Lackey, who surrendered solo homers to Mike Trout and Hank Conger. The Angels scored an insurance run in the eighth off Junichi Tazawa. The Red Sox managed only five hits. David Ortiz reached second base on an error by Mark Trumbo in the ninth, but Ernesto Frieri earned the save and preserved the shutout. The game was played in before 39,018.
Bottom 8th: Angels 3, Red Sox 0: An opening triple by Aybar and Mark Trumbo’s sacrifice fly accounted for the Angels’ insurance run against Junichi Tazawa.
Top 8th: Angels 2, Red Sox 0 – Lefty Scott Downs came on and retired the Red Sox in order.
Bottom 7th: Angels 2, Red Sox 0 – Lackey finishes off seven in style – a 1-2-3 inning. It appears he is done for the night.
Top 7th: Angels 2, Red Sox 0 – Mike Napoli dropped a single to right field to lead off the inning, Mike Carp then struck out for the third time and Ryan Lavarnway sent a deep drive to center, but was caught. Weaver exited after 6-2/3 innings when Holt singed to center. Dean De La Rosa came on. Jose Iglesias, who has dipped below .400 for the first time
Bottom 6th: Angels 2, Red Sox 0 – Two-out problems got Lackey pitch count up. Pujols singled and Hamilton walked with two outs, Hamilton stole second. On the Hamilton walk, Pujols not only went to second, but when he noticed there was nobody covering third, he went to third. Iglesias ran frantically over to third from shortstop to cover the bag, but too late. No matter, though, as Kendrick grounded out to Iglesias on a nice play on a hard hit ball toward the bag, to end the threat.
Top 6th: Angels 2, Red Sox 0 – The one hope the Red Sox have is that Weaver won’t be in the game much longer. He ended a 1-2-3 sixth inning with 99 pitches, so he’s likely to go out for one more and that will be it.
Bottom 5th: Angels 2, Red Sox 0 – Hank Conger got one of Lackey’s poorly located pitches and slammed a solo homer to right field to extend LA’s lead.
Top 5th: Angels 1, Red Sox 0 – Brock Holt drew a lead-off walk, but Weaver, despite being squeezed on a couple of pitches by home plate umpire Mike Winters, managed to induce an inning-ending double-play by Jacoby Ellsbury.
Bottom 4th: Angels 1, Red Sox 0 – Lackey throws a 1-2-3 inning. A lot of movement on his pitches and good fastball location. Mike Scioscia commented yesterday that he’s never seen Lackey throw better and that includes his early years in Anaheim.
Top 4th: Angels 1, Red Sox 0 – A Mike Napoli walk was about as good as it could get for the Red Sox against Weaver, who struck out two. He has five Ks.
Bottom 3rd: Angels 1, Red Sox 0 – Shuck singled to right and stole second base, but Lackey, who continues to have good stuff tonight once again got out of the inning.
Top 3rd: Angels 1, Red Sox 0 – Ellsbury, Nava and Pedroia go down quickly vs. Weaver.
Bottom 2nd: Angels 1, Red Sox 0 – Lackey made a nice fielding play on Kendrick’s bunt attempt for a hit. Callaspo singled to center, but was caught stealing while Brad Hawpe struck out.
Top 2nd: Angels 1, Red Sox 0 – Ryan Lavarnway reached on an infield single, but Weaver got Holt and Iglesias with grounders, Kendrick making an excellent diving play on Holt.
Bottom 1st: Angels 1, Red Sox 0 – John Lackey struck out three, but one of them wasn’t Mike Trout, who bashed his 15th homer to right field to give the Angels the early lead.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0 -J.B. Shuck continued the amateur hour Angels defense when he misjudged Jacoby Ellsbury’s liner to left off Jered Weaver which went as a double to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. Daniel Nava singled to left but Ellsbury had to hold up at third. Dustin Pedroia lined out to third, David Ortiz struck out and Mike Napoli ran the count to 3-2 before striking out on a breaking ball.