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Escobar lasts six innings to pitch Angels to win over BoSox

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick hadn't seen Boston's ballpark or Red Sox starter Jon Lester before.

All it took was a couple of at-bats for him to get used to them.

Kendrick went 3-for-5 with three RBI on Friday night and Kelvim Escobar pitched six solid innings to win for only the second time in 12 starts, beating Boston 8-3. Garret Anderson went 3-for-4 with two hits in the Angels' six-run seventh.

"My first two at-bats, I was overanxious, swinging at things I wouldn't normally swing at," said Kendrick, who confessed he was in a bit of awe playing at Fenway Park for the first time. "Later on, I took the crowd out of it and played the same game I always play."

In his second start since going on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation, Escobar (7-9) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks, striking out eight in six innings. The Angels, who had scored three or fewer runs in seven of his nine losses, finally gave him some support, sending 11 batters to the plate in the seventh to improve to 18-5 in July.

"We struggled supporting a lot of our pitchers for the first two months," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But I think the last month has been a little different story."

Lester (5-1) took his first career loss, giving up five runs and 10 hits while striking out two in 6 1/3 innings. The rookie left-hander brought a 2-1 lead into the seventh, but gave up singles to Anderson and Tim Salmon to start the inning.

"Tough to ask Jon Lester to hold that offense to one run," third baseman Mike Lowell said. "They made adjustments the third time around, but they weren't crushing the ball off him."

Mike Napoli hit a bouncer to third for a force out at second, but pinch-runner Curtis Pride went hard into second and Mark Loretta couldn't turn the double play. Robb Quinlan hit a short bouncer to third, forcing Lowell to make an off-balance throw to first that pulled Kevin Youkilis off the bag for an RBI single.

Maicer Izturis doubled to score another run and chase Lester. Kendrick singled off Manny Delcarmen to score two more. After a groundout, Vladimir Guerrero was intentionally walked and Juan Rivera singled in Kendrick to make it 6-2.

Anderson singled off Javier Lopez, just called up from Triple-A, before pinch-hitter Chone Figgins grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning. The Angels added another in the eighth when Napoli singled and scored on Kendrick's single.

Rivera doubled and scored on Salmon's single to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead in the second. The Angels put a runner in scoring position with nobody out in the fifth and sixth, but Lester pitched out of it each time.

Notes

  • The Angels have lost 11 of their last 14 at Fenway Park.
  • The game was delayed 2 hours, 2 minutes by rain.
  • Anderson has hit in 19 consecutive games against the Red Sox.
  • Boston LHP David Wells will return to the rotation on Monday against the Cleveland Indians. Wells has not pitched since sustaining a bruise below his right knee when he was hit by a line drive on May 26 against Tampa Bay.
  • Former Red Sox closer Keith Foulke pitched a perfect inning on a rehab outing for Class-A Lowell on Friday night, striking out one and throwing 10 of his 12 pitches for strikes.
 
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Players of the Game
Boston

A. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Anaheim

H. Kendrick
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Maicer Izturis, 3B5121001 .288
Howie Kendrick, 2B5133000 .309
Orlando Cabrera, SS5000004 .288
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4110101 .316
Juan Rivera, CF-LF5121003 .298
Garret Anderson, LF4131002 .270
    Reggie Willits, PR-CF1000000 .300
Tim Salmon, DH3021001 .274
    Curtis Pride, PR-DH00000001.000
   a- Chone Figgins, PH-DH1000002 .263
Mike Napoli, C4210013 .256
Robb Quinlan, 1B4111011 .307
Totals4181581218 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Pride in the 7th
Batting
2B - Maicer Izturis (9, Lester), Juan Rivera (17, Lester), Garret Anderson (20, Lester)
RBI - Maicer Izturis (20), Howie Kendrick 3 (11), Juan Rivera (51), Garret Anderson (52), Tim Salmon (20), Robb Quinlan (24)
2-OUT RBI - Howie Kendrick (4), Juan Rivera (21), Garret Anderson (19), Tim Salmon (9)
SB - Vladimir Guerrero (9, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek)
CS - Vladimir Guerrero (3, 2nd base by Lester/Varitek)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Kendrick-Quinlan, Cabrera-Quinlan
Los Angeles Angels
Kelvim Escobar (W,7-9) 6622280 3.84
Hector Carrasco 0.2100100 3.69
J.C. Romero 1.1000100 6.49
Brendan Donnelly 1211110 5.03
WP - Kelvim Escobar (6), Brendan Donnelly (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Kelvim Escobar 97-60, Hector Carrasco 21-13, J.C. Romero 17-8, Brendan Donnelly 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kelvim Escobar 6-3, Hector Carrasco 1-1, J.C. Romero 2-1, Brendan Donnelly 1-1
Batters Faced - Kelvim Escobar 25, Hector Carrasco 4, J.C. Romero 4, Brendan Donnelly 6
Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5020022 .294
Mark Loretta, 2B4000111 .306
David Ortiz, DH4110114 .279
Manny Ramirez, LF3011111 .315
    Wily Mo Pena, LF0000000 .317
Trot Nixon, RF3000011 .294
   a- Gabe Kapler, PH-RF1000001 .271
Jason Varitek, C3000102 .240
    Doug Mirabelli, C0000000 .184
Mike Lowell, 3B4010021 .293
Coco Crisp, CF4120012 .275
Alex Gonzalez, SS3121102 .280
Totals343925917 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Nixon in the 8th
Batting
2B - Manny Ramirez (21, Escobar), Mike Lowell (36, Escobar), Coco Crisp (13, Escobar), Alex Gonzalez 2 (15, Escobar, Donnelly)
RBI - Manny Ramirez (80), Alex Gonzalez (36)
Team LOB - 9
Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester (L,5-1) 6.11055020 3.49
Manny Delcarmen 0.1222100 4.18
Javier Lopez 0.1100000 4.15
Julian Tavarez 1211000 5.27
Rudy Seanez 1000000 4.12
IBB - Guerrero by Manny Delcarmen
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 92-64, Manny Delcarmen 20-12, Javier Lopez 8-5, Julian Tavarez 14-8, Rudy Seanez 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 11-5, Manny Delcarmen 1-0, Javier Lopez 1-0, Julian Tavarez 3-0
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 28, Manny Delcarmen 4, Javier Lopez 2, Julian Tavarez 5, Rudy Seanez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36109
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom