Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Associated Press
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Kendrys Morales and Chris Iannetta hit early two-run homers, C.J. Wilson snapped his 11-start winless skid, and the Los Angeles Angels jumped all over new Boston starter Zach Stewart in a 10-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.
Torii Hunter, Alberto Callaspo and Erick Aybar all contributed run-scoring doubles during the three innings pitched by Stewart (0-1), who yielded 10 hits and fell behind 9-1 in a horrific Red Sox debut. Five Angels had multihit games, led by Hunter's 3-for-4 effort with two RBIs.
Wilson (10-9) got plenty of help in his first victory since June 26, ending a dismaying two-month stretch of futility by the Angels' $77.5-million left-hander.
Los Angeles' All-Star free-agent acquisition still gave up eight hits and three runs while laboring at times through six innings, but Wilson struck out four and won at home for the first time since June 19.
Wilson went 0-5 during his two-month winless stretch, the longest of his career since his rookie season. He also had an eight-run lead at home against Tampa Bay on Aug. 18, but gave it away by allowing seven runs in the fifth inning.
Howie Kendrick extended his hitting streak to 15 games with two hits for the Angels, who have won seven straight against Boston, including all five meetings this season. After sweeping a series at Fenway Park last week, Los Angeles goes for the season sweep Thursday night with Zach Greinke on the mound.
Mauro Gomez had three hits and Scott Podsednik added two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox, who have lost seven of 10. Boston dropped back to six games below .500, matching its worst mark since May 10.
Stewart's dismal debut didn't win over any Boston fans. The Red Sox acquired him from the White Sox in June in the trade of Kevin Youkilis.
Stewart, traded for the third time in three years, went to Triple-A Pawtucket and hadn't pitched in the majors since June 18.
Mike Trout led off with a single and scored his major league-leading 102nd run on Hunter's double. Albert Pujols then singled and scored on Morales' 17th homer of the season, putting Los Angeles up 4-0 after four batters.
Hunter added an RBI single in the second inning, and Morales' leadoff double in the third led to four more runs, capped by Iannetta's seventh homer.
NOTES: Wilson didn't allow a homer for the first time in his last seven starts. ... Stewart is the 53rd player to appear in a game for Boston this season. ... RHP Daniel Bard was in the Boston clubhouse before the game, and could be back on the roster Thursday. Bard was demoted to Pawtucket in early June after struggling in Boston's starting rotation. ... Beleaguered Boston closer Alfredo Aceves came on in the seventh inning one night after blowing his fourth save in his last seven chances. Kendrick hit Aceves' first pitch for a single, but the reliever stranded two runners. ... Boston CF Jacoby Ellsbury's streak of six straight games with at least two hits ended.