Red Sox 7, Angels 3

Dan Haren has an idea why his Los Angeles Angels have lost 15 of

16 games to the Boston Red Sox since the start of last season.

”It’s a good ballclub,” Haren said after Lose Angeles lost 7-3

to the Red Sox on Tuesday night to fall to 0-6 against Boston this

season. ”It’s not losing 15 out of 16 to, no disrespect, like the

Mariners or the Pirates. It’s the Boston Red Sox – they’re a good

ballclub.

”In order to do 15 out of 16 you’ve got to have a little luck

on your side. A lot of things have to happen because it’s not that

easy. We’ve got to just hope we can scratch one out tomorrow and

then go from there.”

John Lester (4-1) struck out 11 over seven innings to outpitch

Haren and keep Boston close until the Red Sox started hitting

late.

Haren, who entered with a 1.23 ERA, allowed just two hits over

the first five innings.

”It’s fun to have those battles every once in a while and see

who’s going to make the first mistake. I did early,” Lester said.

”We just tried to hang around the best we could and keep them

within striking distance.”

Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz hit consecutive homers in the

eighth, and Marco Scutaro added a two-run homer later in the inning

for the Red Sox, who have won three straight and are within a game

of .500.

The teams play two more games here this week and that’s it for

the season.

Perhaps that’s a good thing for Los Angeles.

The Angels ended the Red Sox postseason dominance over the

franchise with a sweep of the three-game Division Series in 2009.

But since then, Los Angeles has been outscored 103-49 by

Boston.

The Red Sox finally got to Haren (4-2) with four hits in the

sixth and two more in the seventh as they rallied for a 3-1

lead.

”Danny pitched a great game,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia

said. ”We need to get into our game, especially on the offensive

side.”

Boston brought on closer Jonathan Papelbon with a 7-1 lead in

the ninth. Papelbon gave up three straight hits, including Erick

Aybar’s RBI double, then allowed Trumbo’s sacrifice fly before

getting the final two outs.

Gonzalez’s RBI single tied the score in the sixth and he scored

on Jed Lowrie’s single for a 2-1 lead. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit an

RBI double in the seventh, and Gonzalez led off the eighth with his

first home run at Fenway since he was acquired by the Red Sox.

That was Haren’s final pitch of the night.

Ortiz then homered off Hisanori Takahashi.

The Angels were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. They

are hitting .227 for the year with runners in scoring position.

”It puts a lot of pressure on what a pitcher needs to do,”

Scioscia said. ”You want to give him some early runs and let him

work. We haven’t been able to do that the way we need to with

Danny.”

NOTES: The Red Sox are 12-6 following a 2-9 start. … Tuesday

was the 8,000th game in Angels history. The first was a 7-2 win

over Baltimore on April 11, 1961, when Ted Kluszewski homered twice

and had five RBIs. … CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who left Monday night’s

game with a bruised left knee contusion after he tripped over C

Jeff Mathis, was back in the leadoff spot and extended his hitting

streak to 12 games.