American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Boston|
(Wednesday, August 22nd)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 7, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Coming into Wednesday, Clay Buchholz owned the
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Boston Red Sox had no trouble against
All-Star Jered Weaver.
But Weaver and the Angels got revenge, winning 7-3 in the middle test of a
Weaver (16-3), who had lost five of his six Fenway Park starts with a 7.16
earned run average, gave up two runs and seven hits with five strikeouts in
seven innings to earn the win.
"Coming into this place, you never know what's going to happen," Weaver said.
"I obviously hadn't had too much success here. It was nice to mix in a win."
Howie Kendrick had two hits including a home run for the Angels, who
won Tuesday's series opener 5-3.
Despite entering the game with a four-start win streak against the Angels,
Buchholz (11-4) tied a career-high by surrendering 12 hits. The right-hander,
who gave up eight runs over his previous six starts, was charged for seven in
5 1/3 innings.
"The balls were up in the zone," Buchholz said. "You can't expect to get away
with it with a good team like that."
The Angels took the lead in the third inning after Maicer Izturis, Erick Aybar
and Chris Iannetta delivered three straight singles to go ahead, 1-0. Buchholz
induced a double play from Mike Trout, which minimized the damage but allowed
the Halos to take a two-run lead.
Los Angeles plated two more runs in the fourth. Albert Pujols slammed a
leadoff double and went to third on Kendrys Morales' groundout. Mark Trumbo
lined a single to center to score Pujols.
After Trumbo was caught stealing, Kendrick lofted a double to the right-field
corner and scored when Izturis rolled a single up the middle.
Boston got two runs back in the bottom half of the fourth. Jarrod
Saltalamacchia started the two-out rally with a base hit and came home on Ryan
Lavarnway's double off the Green Monster. Mike Aviles then doubled to left,
bringing Boston within two runs.
The Angels blew the game open in the sixth. Kendrick crushed a high fastball
into the Monster seats before Izturis and Aybar delivered back-to-back singles
to chase Buchholz. After Iannetta struck out, Trout beat out an infield single
to extend the inning, allowing Torii Hunter to line a two-run single to right,
giving the Angels a 7-2 lead.
Dustin Pedroia scored when Cody Ross doubled and Hunter committed a throwing
error in the eighth, but Boston could not come any closer.
The Red Sox left two runners on base in the eighth and ninth, as Kevin Jepsen
and Ernesto Frieri escaped the jams to preserve the victory.
Buchholz also gave up 12 hits on April 26, 2012 at Baltimore ... The Red Sox
had won eight of 11 matchups with Weaver coming into Wednesday ... Boston has
lost six of its last eight games ... Weaver allowed two runs or less for the
17th time in his last 22 starts ... Pujols left the game in the fourth inning
due to a tight right calf. Trumbo moved to first base and Vernon Wells entered
the game in left field ... The Angels have won their last four games at Fenway
Park after losing eight of the previous nine ... Pedroia went 1-for-4 and
reached base safely for the 19th time in 20 games in August ... Buchholz made
his 100th career appearance ... Los Angeles went 5-for-13 with runners in
scoring position and stranded six ... Boston went 3-for-11 with runners in
scoring position and left 10 on base.
08/23 01:44:31 ET