American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Boston|
(Tuesday, August 21st)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 5, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - It took Ervin Santana seven starts to earn a win
at the start of the season. Now, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim can hardly
lose with the right-hander on the mound.
The Angels won for the fifth straight time with Santana on the mound and
dropped the Boston Red Sox, 5-3, in the opener of a three-game set.
Santana (7-10), who is 3-0 with a 3.52 earned run average over his last five
outings, gave up two runs on five hits with four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings
en route to the win.
"We got early runs which helped (Santana)," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
"Then our bullpen came in and did the job that we needed and we expect."
Mark Trumbo crushed a decisive two-run home run as the Angels snapped a four-
game losing streak.
Los Angeles roughed up Aaron Cook (3-7) for five runs -- four earned -- and 11
hits in five innings. Cook struck out a season-high four, but lost for the
sixth time in his last seven decisions. The right-hander has a 6.25 ERA over
his last six starts.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered in a losing effort, as the Red Sox fell for the
ninth time in their last 13 games.
The Angels went ahead in the third after Mike Trout grounded a one-out single
up the middle. After an errant pickoff attempt moved Trout to second, he
scored when Albert Pujols sent a base hit into center field.
The Angels expanded their lead to five with a pair of runs in the fourth and
Howie Kendrick and Alberto Callaspo had back-to-back singles with one out in
the fourth. Erick Aybar dribbled a single through the right side to score
Kendrick and Chris Iannetta lined a single to shortstop to give the Angels a
Kendrys Morales hit a one-out single before Trumbo smashed the eight pitch of
his at-bat over the Green Monster, inflating Los Angeles' lead to five.
"I felt like I was making pitches, they were just finding holes with those
singles," Cook said. "They were able to string together a few of those in the
holes and then I left one pitch up on the 3-2 to Trumbo and he hit it about as
hard as you can hit a baseball."
Boston started chipping away with two runs in the sixth. Cody Ross walked with
two outs and Saltalamacchia made Santana pay with a fly ball into the right-
field seats to bring Boston within three.
With Santana out of the game, Scott Podsednik greeted Jordan Walden with a
double off the Monster. After he moved to third on a groundout, Podsednik
scored on Walden's wild pitch, making the score 5-3.
But the Red Sox were unable to complete the comeback. Boston put two runners
on against Kevin Jepsen in the eighth with two outs, but Mike Aviles grounded
out to end the threat.
Ernesto Frieri tossed a perfect ninth to seal the win and nail down his 15th
save of the season.
Trout became the first rookie in major league history to hit at least .340
with 96 runs, 24 home runs, 70 RBI and 39 stolen bases after 100 games. Trout
also ranks fifth all-time in hits and second in runs through 100 games in a
rookie campaign ... In the ninth inning, Trout was caught stealing for the
first time since June 4, snapping a string of 30 consecutive stolen bases ...
Los Angeles has won three straight games at Boston after losing 10 of the
previous 12 ... Each player on Boston wore No. 6 in honor of Johnny Pesky, who
passed away last Monday at 93. The Angels also wore a patch in his honor.
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