RECAP: Angels hit 3 HRs in 12-5 win over Red Sox
Chris Iannetta and Erick Aybar homered in the Angels’ nine-run fifth inning, and Albert Pujols also hit a home run on Friday night to lead Los Angeles to a 12-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Mike Trout had a pair of hits – both in the fifth inning, when the Angels sent 13 batters to the plate and took an 11-3 lead. Boston loaded the bases in the seventh with nobody out and two runs already in, but Jose Alvarez struck out David Oritz and then got an inning-ending double play.
Garrett Richards (4-2) allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out one in six-plus innings.
Rick Porcello (4-3) allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out four.
Matt Barnes relieved him with one out and one on in the fifth, then walked Matt Joyce and gave up Iannetta’s homer. Right-fielder Rusney Castillo dropped a fly ball for an error, and one out later Aybar homered to make it 11-3.
The Red Sox led 3-2 after four innings, but it was still 11-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Boston loaded the bases and scoring twice to chase Richards before Alvarez came on to fan Ortiz and get Daniel Nava to hit into a double play.
Boston committed three errors in all.
— Angels (@Angels) May 23, 2015
Angels: Pujols was back in the lineup two days after being hit in the left wrist by a pitch. Although the original fear was he would have to go on the disabled list, tests showed he had only a bruise accompanied by swelling.
Red Sox: LF Hanley Ramirez, who was hit by a pitch in the left hand in the fourth inning, left the game with what the team said was "soreness." OF Shane Victorino, who was scratched from the lineup on Thursday with a sore left calf, missed another game. 3B Pablo Sandoval got the game off, one night after entering as a pinch hitter. He was hit by a pitch on the side of the left knee on Tuesday.
Angels: C.J. Wilson (2-2) will pitch the second game of the three-game series against Boston. He is 6-3 with three saves and a 2.63 ERA against the Red Sox in his career.
Red Sox: Steven Wright (1-1) will face the Angels for the first time in his career on Saturday.