Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Felix Doubront struck out five over 6 2/3
innings of two-run ball, as the Boston Red Sox edged the LA Angels of Anaheim,
6-2, Friday in the opener of a three-game set.
Doubront (5-3) held the Halos to five hits and two walks to notch his first
victory since June 1.
David Ortiz smacked a two-run home run, Mike Napoli added a solo shot, and
Jarrod Saltalamacchia recorded two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox, who have
won five straight and nine of their last 10 games.
C.J. Wilson (8-6) had his four-start win streak halted after giving up three
runs -- one earned -- on 10 hits and two walks over 6 2/3 frames.
Howie Kendrick clubbed a solo homer for the Angels, who have dropped two of
their last three on the heels of a seven-game winning streak.
Kendrick's leadoff blast in the fourth tied the game at 2-2, but the Red Sox
regained the lead in the seventh thanks to LA right fielder Josh Hamilton's
Shane Victorino started the inning with a single before Wilson quickly retired
the next two hitters.
Jonny Gomes then lofted a fly ball down the right-field line that Hamilton
appeared to have a beat on, but the potential inning-ending flyout tipped off
the right fielder's glove and found grass, allowing Victorino to score from
first for a 3-2 edge.
Ortiz padded the lead in the eighth when he followed Daniel Nava's leadoff
double with a pinch-hit blast into the right-field seats to make it 5-2.
Craig Breslow and Junichi Tazawa combined for a scoreless bottom of the eighth
before Napoli pounded his 10th longball of the season deep into straightaway
center in the ninth to give the Red Sox a 6-2 cushion.
Early on, Boston struck first in the second inning after Gomes worked a one-
out walk and Nava followed with a single.
Wilson bounced back by flying out Brandon Snyder, but Saltalamacchia came
through with a two-out single to left. Gomes scored easily on the play, while
a fielding error by LA left fielder J.B. Shuck allowed Nava to race around
from first for a 2-0 lead.
Shuck made up for the fielding gaffe in the third when he launched a leadoff
triple off the right-field wall. Mike Trout followed with a walk to put
runners on the corners before Albert Pujols grounded into a 5-4-3 double play,
allowing Shuck to score from third to trim the margin in half.
Ellsbury extended his hit streak to 15 games with a single in the fifth ...
Wilson hadn't lost since a 7-2 defeat in Boston on June 8 ... At 54-34, the
Red Sox are 20 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 23, 2011 (88-68)
... Napoli had gone his last 86 at-bats without a home run ... The Angels went
0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left five runners on base.
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