July 8, 2013

Angels ace silences Red Sox in 3-0 win

A night after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth inning, Boston is stymied by Jered Weaver.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jered Weaver combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, All-Star Mike Trout and Hank Conger homered and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-0 Sunday night for their 10th win in 12 games.

Hank Conger,  Mike Trout
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Hank Conger is greeted in the dugout by Mike Trout (27) and other teammates after his home run in the fifth inning gave the Angels a 2-0 lead. Trout also homered for the second straight game, helping the Angels to a 3-0 victory.

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John Lackey
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John Lackey turned in another strong start but was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings.

Gus Ruelas


WHO: Red Sox (Lester 8-4) at Seattle Mariners (Hernandez 8-4)

WHEN: 10:10 p.m.


Weaver (3-4) allowed five hits, struck out six and walked two in 62/3 innings. It was his first outing since becoming a father on Friday, when he named his first child Aden David Weaver in honor of his late teammate and friend, Nick Adenhart.

Weaver beat former teammate John Lackey (6-6), whose three-game winning streak ended. Lackey struck out nine in seven innings and was charged with two runs and five hits.

Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth to earn his 22nd save in 24 chances.

Weaver gave up back-to-back hits to Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Nava to open the game, then got out of the jam by retiring Dustin Pedroia on a liner to third base and striking out David Ortiz and Mike Napoli.

Trout, who will start for the AL in next week's All-Star game in New York, put the Angels ahead 1-0 in the bottom half with his 15th homer.

Conger made it 2-0 with two outs in the fifth, with his drive landing in the same right-field area as Trout's shot.

Albert Pujols singled with two outs in the sixth and the Red Sox shifted their infield for Josh Hamilton, leaving third base open, which allowed Pujols to take third as Hamilton walked. But Howie Kendrick grounded out to end the threat.

The Red Sox had runners on first and second in the seventh, with Weaver yielding singles to Napoli and Brock Holt before turning it over to Dane De La Rosa, who got Jose Iglesias to fly out to right to end the inning.

The Angels added a run on Mark Trumbo's sacrifice fly in the eighth.

NOTES: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino wasn't in the lineup a day after leaving the game because of a left hamstring injury.… Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller returned to Boston on Sunday with a walking boot on his left foot, which he injured Saturday night. Miller was placed on the disabled list, and Alfredo Aceves was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket.


ANGELS 9, RED SOX 7: Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, after the Angels rallied to tie it with four runs in the ninth.

Brad Hawpe singled with one out in the 11th against Craig Breslow (2-2). Hamilton drove the next pitch out to right-center for his 12th homer.

Boston was leading 7-3 when the Angels loaded the bases with two out in the ninth against Alex Wilson.

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara gave up a two-run single to Albert Pujols and an RBI single to Hamilton before Howie Kendrick hit a grounder to third baseman Brandon Snyder, whose throw to second base for what would have been the final out sailed into right field, allowing pinch-runner Collin Cowgill to score the tying run.


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