– The Associated Press
BOSTON – David Ortiz rebounded from a rough first game with a long, two-run homer and drove in three runs Saturday night to help Clay Buchholz improve to 9-0, earning the Boston Red Sox a split of a day-night doubleheader with a 7-2 victory against the Los Angeles Angels.
The victory snapped Boston’s nine-game losing streak against Los Angeles.
Ortiz went 0 for 5, struck out twice and stranded six runners in a 9-5 loss in the opener.
Buchholz gave up two runs on six hits, striking out four and walking one over 62/3 innings to match Patrick Corbin of Arizona (9-0) as the majors’ only unbeaten pitcher with at least nine wins. But he left in the seventh with what the team called “neck tightness.”
Buchholz missed a start last month with an irritation in his collarbone area.
It was quite a fielding night for Buchholz.
Howie Kendrick hit a hard grounder off Buchholz’s glove in the sixth. It bounced behind the mound and he dropped his glove and raced toward the ball but Kendrick beat it out.
Buchholz had another adventure fielding a grounder. In the fourth, Alberto Callaspo hit a high chop toward first — the pitcher got under it but misplayed it before gloving it and, while on the ground, reached to tag Callaspo.
In the first game, Mark Trumbo and Erick Aybar each drove in two runs as the Angels beat the Red Sox for their team-record sixth straight win at Fenway Park.
With Boston leading the second game 4-2 in the sixth, Dustin Pedroia had an RBI single off reliever Jerome Williams before Ortiz hit a deep homer into the right-field seats, about 20 rows up into the corner. He stood and admired the ball’s flight before slowly rounding the bases.
The Red Sox jumped ahead 2-0 against C.J. Wilson (4-5) with two runs in the first on consecutive RBI doubles by Jonny Gomes and Pedroia. Ortiz’s RBI double made it 3-0 in the second.
After Mike Trout’s run-scoring single cut it to 3-1, Boston added an unearned run in the fifth on David Ross’ RBI single after Mike Napoli reached on an infield hit and advanced on the same play when third baseman Callaspo bounced the throw past first for an error.
Wilson gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits, walking three and striking out five in five innings.
In the opener, Tommy Hanson (3-2) allowed two runs in five innings for the win, striking out Ortiz twice and getting him to ground out weakly with two runners on in all three at-bats.
“The first at-bat he didn’t look very good on the breaking ball. I felt like I threw him a really good one,” Hanson said. “Same with the second at-bat. That third time around with the tying run on third, I’d rather face Ortiz in that situation than Pedroia, who hit two line drives on me. I threw him a first-pitch slider and he grounded out, which worked out for me.”
The Angels built a big lead when reliever Franklin Morales walked three straight batters and allowed four runs in the seventh inning, making it 7-2.
“I felt like it was an opportunity to get him some work in advance of a potential spot start next week,” Boston Manager John Farrell said. “Then, obviously, we saw what happened in the seventh inning — lost the strike zone as we got deeper into (the inning) and that ended up being the difference in today’s game.”