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Lackey dominates former team, Red Sox deal Angels sixth loss in row

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BOSTON -- John Lackey focused on the opposing hitters, not their uniforms.

Facing his former team for the first time, Lackey pitched two-hit ball for seven innings and the Boston Red Sox sent the Los Angeles Angels to their sixth consecutive loss, 3-1 on Wednesday night.

"Honestly, it was different facing the jersey, but there's not a whole lot of guys in the lineup that I played with for an extended period of time," Lackey said.

"They know how I am between the lines," he said. "It's all business out there. We can be friends off the field."

It was Boston's third consecutive victory against the Angels, who have lost the first six games on a 10-game road trip. It's the first time the Angels have opened May at 0-5 in team history.

Lackey (3-1) left the Angels in the offseason and signed an $82.5 million, five-year contract with Boston. He posted the Angels' highest winning percentage in team history, at 102-71.

"Early on, he was definitely throwing a lot harder than I remember," Angels center fielder Torii Hunter said. "He was a little pumped up, of course. He knew where the strike zone was and he stayed right there. That's what Lackey does best."

Adrian Beltre had a home run and two RBI for the Red Sox. Brandon Wood hit a solo home run off Lackey.

The Red Sox can complete the four-game sweep when Daisuke Matsuzaka faces Scott Kazmir on Thursday night.

Lackey played for the organization from 2002-09 and was the first rookie to win Game 7 of a World Series since 1909, getting the victory when the Angels beat San Francisco in the 2002 decisive game.

"We know what John does," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who managed Lackey's rookie season. "He does it very well. I don't think there were any surprises out there."

The right-hander got 12 of 14 outs on grounders as he cruised through the middle innings. He walked two and struck out four overall, allowing Kendry Morales' single leading off the second as the only other hit.

"The way we're going everyone looks like Cy Young," Hunter said.

Daniel Bard pitched a perfect eighth before Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his eighth save.

Boston (14-14) reached .500 after losing three straight last weekend against the Baltimore Orioles.

"When you get good pitching, it makes you look crisp," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "We played a good game. Lackey got the ball on the ground and we made the plays."

Ortiz, back in the lineup as the DH despite an 0-for-4 game on Tuesday with two strikeouts and two double-play grounders, hit a home run into the Green Monster seats against Joel Pineiro (2-4) to give Boston a 2-0 lead in the fourth. The struggling slugger entered hitting only .149.

It was the third career home run Ortiz hit against Pineiro.

"I guess the one big mistake was the change up to Papi," Pineiro said. "He's done that here a lot. He just throws the bat out there and he's got the power to get it out there."

Wood homered into the first row of the Monster seats in the fifth.

Beltre made it 3-1 against Brian Fuentes in the eighth.

The Red Sox had taken a 1-0 lead in the second when Beltre's bouncer down the third-base line hit the bag and rolled into short left for a single, scoring J.D. Drew from second.

Los Angeles left fielder Hideki Matsui threw out Marco Scutaro at the plate, trying to score on Kevin Youkilis' seventh-inning single.

The Angels came very close to turning a triple play in the second. With runners on first and second, Jeremy Hermida lined to Pineiro, who fired to second, doubling off Ortiz. Beltre barely slid into first safely ahead of shortstop Erick Aybar's throw and Scioscia came out to argue the play.

Notes

  • Francona (579-421) managed his 1,000th game with the Red Sox, fourth-most in club history. Joe Cronin leads with 2,007.
  • Beltre used some quick footwork at 3B, jumping to avoid a broken bat after firing to second to start a double play on Hunter's grounder in the third.
  • Boston LHP Alan Embree, designated for assigned on Saturday, cleared waivers and elected for free agency.
  • The Red Sox honored former SS Nomar Garciaparra with an on-field ceremony before the game.
  • Scioscia said before the game that Matsui was unlikely to play the outfield for back-to-back games.
 
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John Lackey, who spent 2002 through 2009 with the Angels, allows only four of 25 batters to reach base.  (AP)
John Lackey, who spent 2002 through 2009 with the Angels, allows only four of 25 batters to reach base. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

J. Lackey
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 2
K 4
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar, SS4000010 .236
Bobby Abreu, RF3000100 .257
Torii Hunter, CF4000011 .290
Kendry Morales, 1B4010000 .308
Hideki Matsui, LF3000000 .243
Maicer Izturis, DH2000100 .256
Howard Kendrick, 2B3000001 .276
Mike Napoli, C2000020 .228
Brandon Wood, 3B3111023 .185
Totals2812126  
Batting
HR - Brandon Wood (2, Lackey)
RBI - Brandon Wood (5)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Wood (1)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Hideki Matsui 1
DP - Pineiro-Aybar, Kendrick-Morales
Los Angeles Angels
Joel Pineiro (L,2-4) 6822351 5.30
Jason Bulger 1200120 5.73
Brian Fuentes 1111011 4.76
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 117-73, Jason Bulger 15-10, Brian Fuentes 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 6-5, Brian Fuentes 2-0
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 27, Jason Bulger 5, Brian Fuentes 4
Boston Red Sox
Marco Scutaro, SS4010002 .288
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3020100 .297
Victor Martinez, C4010023 .242
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4010033 .291
J.D. Drew, RF3100112 .250
David Ortiz, DH3121100 .171
Adrian Beltre, 3B4132000 .340
Jeremy Hermida, LF2000112 .246
    Jonathan Van Every, CF1000010 .182
Bill Hall, CF-LF4010003 .250
Totals32311348  
Batting
2B - Marco Scutaro (6, Bulger)
HR - David Ortiz (4, Pineiro), Adrian Beltre (2, Fuentes)
RBI - David Ortiz (7), Adrian Beltre 2 (15)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Beltre-Pedroia-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
John Lackey (W,3-1) 7211241 3.89
Daniel Bard (H,6) 1000020 2.70
Jonathan Papelbon (S,8) 1000000 1.80
HBP - Napoli (by John Lackey)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 102-60, Daniel Bard 12-9, Jonathan Papelbon 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 12-4, Daniel Bard 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-2
Batters Faced - John Lackey 25, Daniel Bard 3, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37601
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - James Hoye