Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts celebrates in the dugout. AP NEWSWIRE

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts celebrates in the dugout. AP NEWSWIRE

BOSTON (AP) — JC Ramirez was solid when the Los Angeles Angels needed him.

Blake Parker’s ending was needed even more.

Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.

The Angels look for their fifth series win in their last six on Sunday.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.

Ramirez (7-5) allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts after lasting just three innings and giving up five runs in his previous start.

“I think that he stayed ahead of the count well tonight. He used his pitches and I thought he used his fastball well on both sides of the plate,” Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. “That’s a real strong outing for JC and it was important to us.”

David Price (2-2), who started the season on the disabled list with a strained left elbow, had a decent outing for the third time in six starts, allowing three runs – two earned – with five strikeouts and a walk in six innings.

“Felt good. Just I didn’t make enough big pitches when I needed to,” he said.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by third-base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller after Fernando Abad was called for a balk, scoring a run that made it 5-1 in the seventh.

Farrell was tossed after Kole Calhoun, the batter, stepped out and home plate ump Ryan Blakney appeared to raise his hands, signaling time.

“We went back to John and told him the balk happened before time was called,” Miller told a pool reporter. “John didn’t accept that answer and he was quite adamant that time had been called first and therefore the balk should have been nullified.”


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