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
”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
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
The teams play two more games here this week and that’s it for
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
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
”Danny pitched a great game,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia
said. ”We need to get into our game, especially on the offensive
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
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.