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Perhaps that was a good thing.
"No matter for me who's hitting, who's pitching," the 22-year-old right-hander said after facing the Red Sox for the first time.
The rookie took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Boston 4-2 Saturday in a matchup of AL division leaders.
"Ignorance is bliss," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Whether he's facing Boston or a team that's not as talented offensively, you've still got to make pitches."
And that Santana did, limiting the Red Sox to two baserunners before fading in the eighth. By that time, the Angels had provided him with enough offense for their sixth win in nine games.
"He got ahead of a lot of hitters, and his command was amazing," catcher Jose Molina said. "It's hard to hit a guy whose command was so good. He had to have his best stuff today."
The Red Sox entered with a big league-leading .285 team batting average, 689 runs and 493 walks.
Santana (7-5), who had an 11.34 ERA in four previous daytime starts, allowed five hits and two runs in 7 2/3 innings while throwing 111 pitches. He walked none and struck out five -- all in the first two innings -- while winning for the fourth time in five decisions since the All-Star break.
"He threw with velocity, movement, four different pitches, all for strikes," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Even the balls that ended up over the middle of the plate all had movement. And early on, there weren't too many over the middle of the plate."
Santana retired his first 11 batters and 21 of the first 23. The only baserunners for the Red Sox in the first seven innings were David Ortiz, who hit a two-out double in the fourth, and Edgar Renteria, who doubled to start the seventh.
Kevin Millar and Bill Mueller singled to open the eighth. Santana retired the next two batters before Johnny Damon singled to load the bases. Scot Shields relieved and allowed a two-run single to Renteria before striking out Ortiz on an off-speed pitch to end the inning.
"I was able to hit a pretty good spot with it; he swung over the top of it," Shields said. "That pitch wasn't even in my mind and Jose (Molina) called for it. I give him credit for putting down those fingers."
Ortiz gave Shields credit, too.
"That was a good pitch," he said. "I saw him pitching last night and he didn't throw a breaking ball at all. When a guy throws a 94 mph fastball, you've got to (decide) early what you want to do."
Francisco Rodriguez, who has struggled lately, worked the ninth for his 28th save in 33 chances.
"I know I've had some rough outings in my last six or seven outings," he said. "I think I'm back on track. The only way I can prove that is to get people out. I haven't lost my confidence."
The loss was the sixth in 22 games for the Red Sox, who lead the New York Yankees by three games in the AL East. Boston will move Curt Schilling back into the rotation Thursday night in Kansas City, ending his inconsistent stint as the team's closer.
The Angels took a 2-0 lead against Bronson Arroyo (10-8) in the third when Darin Erstad hit a two-out RBI single to drive in Adam Kennedy from second, and Orlando Cabrera also scored on an error by center fielder Damon. Erstad had the only hit in the inning.
"It was just a swipe and a whiff," Damon said of his second error this season. "With a close game like that, you just wish that kind of stuff doesn't happen."
The Angels scored twice off reliever Lenny DiNardo in the seventh to make it 4-0 on singles by Kennedy and Chone Figgins, a sacrifice fly by Cabrera and a wild pitch by Chad Bradford. The Red Sox used four pitchers in the inning.
Arroyo allowed four hits and two runs, one earned, in six innings. He walked three, struck out four and threw 116 pitches.
|Angels rookie Ervin Santana allows five hits and two runs in 7 2/3 innings against the Red Sox. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Johnny Damon, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.335|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||4||0||2||2||0||1||0||.282|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.297|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.286|
|Jason Varitek, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.303|
|Kevin Millar, 1B-RF||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.270|
|a- John Olerud, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.309|
|Bill Mueller, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.297|
|Tony Graffanino, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.311|
|Gabe Kapler, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|b- Roberto Petagine, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.273|
|a-flied out for Millar in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Kapler in the 8th|
|2B - Edgar Renteria (25, Santana), David Ortiz (34, Santana)|
|RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (47)|
|2-OUT RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (21)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Johnny Damon (2, misplayed ball), Edgar Renteria (23, throwing error)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Bronson Arroyo (L,10-8)||6||4||2||1||3||4||0||4.18|
|IBB - Guerrero by Bronson Arroyo|
|HBP - Kennedy (by Bronson Arroyo)|
|WP - Chad Bradford (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 116-70, Lenny DiNardo 13-8, Mike Myers 2-2, Chad Bradford 5-4, Mike Remlinger 6-4, Jeremi Gonzalez 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 6-8, Mike Myers 1-0, Jeremi Gonzalez 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 26, Lenny DiNardo 3, Mike Myers 1, Chad Bradford 2, Mike Remlinger 1, Jeremi Gonzalez 3|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, CF||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.289|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||2||1||0||1||1||0||1||.253|
|Darin Erstad, DH||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.281|
|Vladimir Guerrero, RF||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.323|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||6||.241|
|Maicer Izturis, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.247|
|Jeff DaVanon, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.235|
|Jose Molina, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.214|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||3||2||1||0||0||0||1||.329|
|2B - Jeff DaVanon (8, Arroyo)|
|SF - Orlando Cabrera (1)|
|RBI - Orlando Cabrera (37), Darin Erstad (53)|
|2-OUT RBI - Darin Erstad (19)|
|SB - Adam Kennedy 2 (15, 2nd base off Arroyo/Varitek, 2nd base off DiNardo/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Ervin Santana (W,7-5)||7.2||5||2||2||0||5||0||4.41|
|Scot Shields (H,26)||0.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.41|
|Francisco Rodriguez (S,28)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.79|
|WP - Francisco Rodriguez (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 111-75, Scot Shields 8-5, Francisco Rodriguez 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 6-12, Francisco Rodriguez 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 28, Scot Shields 2, Francisco Rodriguez 4|
|Attendance - 44014|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Bill Welke|