Red Sox Rally To Defeat Angels 7-5

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Adrian Beltre, Victor Martinez Help Red Sox Over Angels

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Adrian Beltre finished 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and knocked in three runs, and Kevin Jepsen pegged pinch-hitter Daniel Nava with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to force in the go-ahead tally, as Boston downed the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 7-5, in the middle test of a three-game set at Fenway Park.

Victor Martinez added three hits, an RBI and scored twice, while Bill Hall also homered for the Red Sox, who recorded their ninth straight win over the Halos this season and have taken 11 of the last 12 meetings.

John Lackey (11-7) beat his old club for the third time in 2010, allowing 10 hits and five runs with five strikeouts over seven innings.

Jonathan Papelbon turned in a scoreless ninth to post his 30th save and became the first pitcher in baseball history to record at least 30 saves in each of his first five full seasons.

Alberto Callaspo slugged a three-run shot and Mike Napoli hit a solo homer for the Angels, who have dropped four of their last five overall.

Jepsen (2-3) took the loss and the blown save as David Ortiz scored the go- ahead run in the seventh inning. Jepsen was charged with two runs on two hits with two walks over one inning.

Boston forged ahead with a two-run seventh inning against Jepsen. Martinez singled and David Ortiz followed with a double to left-center, then two batters later Mike Lowell walked to load the bases. Jepsen then bounced a pitch in front of the plate that escaped to the backstop with pinch-hitter J.D. Drew at bat, which brought in Martinez with the tying run.

Drew was given a free pass before Nava was plunked to plate Ortiz for a 6-5 Red Sox edge.

Nava backed up his go-ahead RBI by making a diving catch to retire Maicer Izturis -- helping Daniel Bard close out a scoreless eighth.

In the home half, Marco Scutaro doubled and later scored on a Martinez base hit for a two-run lead.

Papelbon then closed out the game by fanning all three Angels he faced.

The Sox picked up a run in the first as Dustin Pedroia walked with one out, stole second, moved to third on a throwing error and later came in on a Beltre base hit.

Napoli reached the Green Monster seats to start the third, and Howie Kendrick added an RBI single in the fourth, but Hall led off the home fourth with a long homer to left.

The Angels broke through in the fifth with two outs, as Bobby Abreu and Reggie Willits singled ahead of Callaspo's three-run homer just over the low wall in right.

However, Beltre ripped a two-run shot just to the left of dead center to make it 5-4 in the home half.

Lackey picked up just his second win in his last nine starts...Prior to the game, the Red Sox announced that outfielder Mike Cameron, who has been sidelined for most of the season with an abdominal problem, will have season-ending surgery some time in the next two weeks...In addition, Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has a cracked posterior rib, suffered last Friday in Texas, and has been advised by doctors, including Dr. Lewis Yocum, to remain inactive for the next 4-to-6 weeks.


Tonight's Angels-Red Sox Lineups

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Abreu LF
Willits CF
Callaspo 3B
Hunter RF
Matsui DH
Izturis SS
Kendrick 2B
Napoli 1B
Mathis C
Kazmir P

Red Sox
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Martinez C
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Lowell 1B
Hall LF
McDonald RF
Kalish CF
Lackey P


Angels Hope Third Time Is A Charm Against Lackey

(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox try to beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the ninth straight time this evening when the two teams continue their three-game set at Fenway Park.

Boston continued its recent mastery of the Angels in Tuesday's opener, as Clay Buchholz turned in seven scoreless innings and Ryan Kalish hit his first career grand slam in the Red Sox' 6-0 win. Darnell McDonald added a solo homer for Boston, which has won 10 of the last 11 regular season meetings with the Angels.

Buchholz (14-5) scattered five hits over his outing, fanning three with two walks for his third straight victory and fourth in five starts.

"Sometimes you won't have your good stuff and you have to battle and find your way through it," Buchholz said. "I think that's the name of the game. That's what pitchers are called pitchers for. If they go out there and execute on a given night where you don't have your best stuff or don't have the location that you normally do."

Torii Hunter and Hideki Matsui collected two hits each for the Angels, who, of course, swept the Red Sox in last year's ALDS, but have yet to beat them this season. The last time the club dropped more than seven games to Boston in one season was 1999 (1-9).

Jered Weaver (11-8) was dented in defeat for six hits and six runs over five full frames. It was the first time since May 18 at Texas that the right-hander failed to work at least six innings.

Hoping to add to the Angels misery tonight will be a familiar face in righty John Lackey, who will be trying to beat his former team for the third time this season. Lackey's last win came at the expense of the Angels back on July 27 in his first trip back to Anaheim since signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Red Sox.

Lackey, though, has been inconsistent for the most part for Boston, going 10-7, while pitching to a 4.54 ERA. He did not get a decision on Thursday in Toronto, as he held the Blue Jays to three runs and eight hits in eight innings in a 6-5 loss.

"I threw the ball well, but we didn't win," Lackey said. "I still felt pretty strong, for sure, but we've got a good closer, so, I mean, it's tough to argue."

Anaheim will counter with lefty Scott Kazmir, who is 8-10 with a 6.36 ERA. Kazmir lost for the fifth time in six starts on Friday against Toronto, which managed two runs and four hits in six innings off of him.

Kazmir lost to the Red Sox the last time he faced them and is 8-8 lifetime against them with a 3.94 ERA in 24 starts.

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