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L.A. Angels (67-40) «0003050019160
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Anderson, Saunders fuel Angels to sweep over Red Sox

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BOSTON -- While the Boston Red Sox keep losing -- as they decide what to do with Manny Ramirez -- the Los Angeles Angels are building on the best record in baseball.

Garret Anderson went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI, Joe Saunders earned his 14th win and the Angels swept the lackluster and error-prone Red Sox 9-2 Wednesday night.

Reports of trade talks focusing on a disgruntled Ramirez didn't make the night any better for Boston.

"The Red Sox don't deserve a player like me," he said Wednesday in an interview with ESPNdeportes.com. "During my years here I've seen how they have mistreated other great players when they didn't want them to try to turn the fans against them."

Still, Boston players weren't convinced Ramirez would be dealt before Thursday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline. The slugger is in the final guaranteed year of his $160 million, eight-year contract with the Red Sox.

"I think around here there's a lot more smoke than fire. If something happens, it happens," Boston's Mike Lowell said.

Thursday's day off comes at a good time for Boston, which was swept by Los Angeles in a three-game series for the second time in two weeks. The Red Sox committed four errors and showed little spark during their fifth loss in six games.

One slugger who did get traded recently, first baseman Mark Teixeira, went 0-for-4 in his debut with Los Angeles after being obtained from Atlanta on Tuesday.

"There's so much we're trying to get him acclimated with," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I didn't see any jitters at all. He's going to be fine."

While the Angels improved to 67-40 with their 12th win in 14 games, the second-place Red Sox dropped three games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East. The New York Yankees trail the Rays by four.

The Angels finished 8-1 against Boston this season, winning the final eight meetings. They were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, and Boston went on to win the World Series both times.

"They cracked the door open a little bit for us tonight defensively and we took advantage of it," Scioscia said. "That's a tough club over there and we might not have caught them at their best right now."

Boston's recent woes began with two losses in three home games against the Yankees last weekend. The Red Sox dropped the opener to the Angels 7-5 before going hitless for 8 1/3 innings against John Lackey on Tuesday night. Dustin Pedroia singled and Kevin Youkilis homered, but Lackey completed the 6-2 win.

Then came Wednesday's loss in which usually reliable Josh Beckett gave up seven earned runs, the most since he allowed eight in his last game of 2006. The Red Sox matched a season high with four errors -- three in a five-run sixth when the Angels took an 8-2 lead.

Torii Hunter's 17th homer made it 9-2 in the ninth.

"Everything's just working out," Hunter said. "When all cylinders click this team can be pretty special and right now you see what's going on."

Saunders (14-5) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. Both runs scored on Coco Crisp's two-run homer in the fifth that cut the lead to 3-2.

Anderson hit his 11th homer, his second in two days, and has 22 RBI in his last 22 games. He hit .188 in June but is batting .423 in his last seven games.

"I know I can still hit so I wasn't panicking about what I was doing earlier in the year," he said. "I knew I had six months to play so I just figured I had that time left to get it right."

The Angels took a 3-0 lead in the fourth against Beckett (9-8).

Maicer Izturis led off with a double and scored on Vladimir Guerrero's single. Hunter doubled Guerrero to third and both scored on Anderson's single.

"They're a good team," Beckett said. "We're a better team than we played. I'm a better pitcher than I pitched."

In the sixth, the Red Sox fell apart in the field.

Hunter walked and Anderson homered to make it 5-2. Howie Kendrick singled, went to second on a groundout and third on Beckett's wild pickoff throw for an error.

Jeff Mathis singled in Kendrick and moved to third on Chone Figgins' single. Figgins stole second and Mathis scored when catcher Jason Varitek's throw went into center field for another error. A sacrifice fly by Izturis made it 8-2.

Teixeira reached on an error by Youkilis at first base, and Guerrero doubled on a ball that dropped between three fielders in shallow center field. Neither runner scored, however.

"That was a difficult (loss) all the way around," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "There wasn't a whole lot of pleasure watching that game."

Notes

  • Hunter extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • Crisp's homer was his sixth of the season but first of the year at Fenway Park and first since June 17. He was 3-for-36 before hitting the ball into the Green Monster seats in left field.
  • Beckett has lost three straight decisions for the first time in three years with Boston and the second time in his career.
 
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Angels pitcher Joe Saunders notches his 14th win of the season, tying him for the AL lead.  (US Presswire)
Angels pitcher Joe Saunders notches his 14th win of the season, tying him for the AL lead. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

G. Anderson
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
Anaheim

J. Saunders
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 3
K 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5130020 .276
Maicer Izturis, SS4121011 .267
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000123 .281
Vladimir Guerrero, DH5121003 .285
Torii Hunter, CF4321102 .282
    Juan Rivera, LF0000000 .244
Garret Anderson, LF5144000 .278
    Reggie Willits, RF0000000 .185
Howie Kendrick, 2B5110033 .329
Gary Matthews Jr., RF-CF5000002 .230
Jeff Mathis, C5121011 .224
Totals42916829  
Batting
2B - Maicer Izturis (12, Beckett), Vladimir Guerrero (18, Delcarmen), Torii Hunter (25, Beckett), Garret Anderson (16, Masterson), Jeff Mathis (6, Beckett)
HR - Torii Hunter (17, Masterson), Garret Anderson (11, Beckett)
SF - Maicer Izturis (2)
RBI - Maicer Izturis (35), Vladimir Guerrero (55), Torii Hunter (55), Garret Anderson 4 (57), Jeff Mathis (36)
SB - Chone Figgins (20, 3rd base off Delcarmen/Varitek)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Kendrick-Teixeira
Los Angeles Angels
Joe Saunders (W,14-5) 6522321 3.09
Justin Speier 2100010 4.63
Darren Oliver 1200000 3.28
IBB - Ramirez by Joe Saunders
WP - Justin Speier (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 102-57, Justin Speier 29-20, Darren Oliver 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 7-9, Justin Speier 1-4, Darren Oliver 2-0
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 26, Justin Speier 7, Darren Oliver 4
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5010001 .314
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4010011 .309
David Ortiz, DH3020101 .266
Manny Ramirez, LF3000103 .299
Mike Lowell, 3B4010013 .279
J.D. Drew, RF4000002 .283
Jed Lowrie, SS4000002 .269
Jason Varitek, C3110110 .216
Coco Crisp, CF4122000 .252
Totals3428233  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (32, Saunders), Kevin Youkilis (26, Saunders), David Ortiz (12, Speier)
HR - Coco Crisp (6, Saunders)
RBI - Coco Crisp 2 (25)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Lowell-Pedroia-Youkilis
E - Josh Beckett (2, Throwing), Jed Lowrie (1, Missed catch of throw), Jason Varitek (4, Missed catch of throw), Kevin Youkilis (4, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (L,9-8) 5.11187181 4.15
Manny Delcarmen 1.2100000 4.20
Javier Lopez 0.1200100 2.63
Justin Masterson 1.2211011 3.73
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 100-68, Manny Delcarmen 26-15, Javier Lopez 10-5, Justin Masterson 17-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 7-1, Manny Delcarmen 4-2, Javier Lopez 1-0, Justin Masterson 3-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 28, Manny Delcarmen 7, Javier Lopez 4, Justin Masterson 6
Game Information
Attendance - 38042
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Bob Davidson