Trout-Pujols combo KO's Red Sox, puts Angels a half-game up
AUG 18, 2014 10:43p ET
With two runners on and none out in the ninth, Jepsen threw a well-executed changeup to Ortiz that moved off the plate, getting Big Papi to swing and miss wildly.
''I wanted to give him a pitch he thinks he can drive, but it fades out of the zone. In that situation, I'm going for the strikeout,'' Jepsen said. ''Watching him, I've seen him come up a ton of times in that situation and tie it up.''
Jepsen then got Yoenis Cespedes to bounce into a run-scoring fielder's choice before Mike Napoli lined to center, closing out his first save since Sept. 16, 2012.
It was the fifth win in six games for the Angels, who moved a half-game ahead of idle Oakland.
''That's a great pitch,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''It's a tough situation. David can beat you at any part of this ballpark on a variety of pitches and you've got to make your pitches there.''
Ortiz reached base four times with a double, a single and two walks for the Red Sox, who have lost three of four after winning four straight.
Boston was 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 overall.
Angels starter C.J. Wilson (10-8) labored through 5-1/3 innings, giving up one run and five hits with five walks and five strikeouts.
Brandon Workman (1-7) lost his sixth straight start, giving up two runs and six hits in seven innings. He was skipped for a couple of turns to rest his arm.
''My velocity was better,'' Workman said. ''I had a chance to work on some things mechanically. I felt good tonight. I felt like I got into a nice rhythm early and was able to carry that through.''
The Angles broke ahead 2-0 on two-out doubles by Trout and Pujols in the third after Kole Calhoun walked.
Brock Holt extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single, cutting it to 2-1 in the fourth.
Los Angeles added two runs in the eighth when reliever Junichi Tazawa bobbled a grounder and made a wild throw with the bases loaded. He was charged with two errors on the play.
''Unfortunately, what looked like a potential inning-ending double play turned into a couple of runs for them,'' Boston manager John Farrell said.
The Red Sox had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth, but Dustin Pedroia bounced into a double play against reliever Mike Morin.