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Lester fans 11 as BoSox continue to feast on Angels

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BOSTON -- Jon Lester got his mistake out of the way early. He didn't make any others.

Lester struck out 11 in seven innings, keeping Boston close until the Red Sox started hitting late in a 7-3 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

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Lester (4-1) outpitched Dan Haren, who entered with a 1.23 ERA and allowed only two hits over the first five innings.

"It's fun to have those battles every once in a while and see who's going to make the first mistake. I did early," Lester said. "We just tried to hang around the best we could and keep them within striking distance."

Lester's only gaffe was an 0-2 pitch to Mark Trumbo, who drove it over the Green Monster and put the Angels up 1-0 in the second. Lester stayed calm and didn't allow any of the other Angels beyond second base before Boston went to the bullpen in the eighth inning.

"He pitched so well after that he gave us a chance," manager Terry Francona said. "We didn't do anything early."

Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz hit back-to-back homers in the eighth, and Marco Scutaro added a two-run blast later in the inning for the Red Sox, who have won three straight and are within a game of .500.

Los Angeles has contributed to Boston's recovery from an 0-6 start. The Red Sox have won all six games against the Angels this season, accounting for almost half of Los Angeles' 14 losses. Boston has also won 15 of 16 meetings dating to last season.

"It's not losing 15 out of 16 to, no disrespect, like the Mariners or the Pirates. It's the Boston Red Sox. They're a good ballclub," Haren said. "In order to do 15 out of 16 you've got to have a little luck on your side. A lot of things have to happen, because it's not that easy."

The Red Sox finally got to Haren (4-2) with four hits in the sixth and two more in the seventh as they rallied for a 3-1 lead.

"Danny pitched a great game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We need to get into our game, especially on the offensive side."

Gonzalez and Ortiz hit Boston's first back-to-back home runs this season to start the eighth inning. Three batters later, Marco Scutaro hit a two-run drive over the Green Monster.

Boston brought on closer Jonathan Papelbon with a 7-1 lead in the ninth. Papelbon gave up three consecutive hits, including Erick Aybar's RBI double, then allowed Trumbo's sacrifice fly before getting the final two outs.

Gonzalez's RBI single tied the score in the sixth and he scored on Jed Lowrie's single for a 2-1 lead. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit an RBI double in the seventh, and Gonzalez led off the eighth with his first home run at Fenway since he was acquired by the Red Sox. That was Haren's final pitch of the night.

Ortiz then hit a home run off Hisanori Takahashi.

Notes

  • The Red Sox are 12-6 following a 2-9 start.
  • Tuesday was the 8,000th game in Angels history. The first was a 7-2 victory against Baltimore on April 11, 1961, when Ted Kluszewski had two home runs and five RBI.
  • CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who left Monday night's game with a bruised left knee contusion after he tripped over C Jeff Mathis, was back in the leadoff spot and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
 
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Jon Lester allows one run over seven innings for Boston, which is 6-0 against L.A. this year and 15-1 in the last 16 meetings. (AP)
Jon Lester allows one run over seven innings for Boston, which is 6-0 against L.A. this year and 15-1 in the last 16 meetings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

A. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

J. Lester
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 11
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Maicer Izturis, 3B4020011 .340
Bobby Abreu, DH4000023 .267
Howard Kendrick, 2B4000022 .294
Torii Hunter, RF4120001 .246
Vernon Wells, LF3110120 .176
Erick Aybar, SS4011010 .317
Mark Trumbo, 1B3112021 .253
Jeff Mathis, C4010011 .193
Peter Bourjos, CF4010012 .295
Totals34393112  
Batting
2B - Maicer Izturis (10, Lester), Erick Aybar (5, Papelbon)
HR - Mark Trumbo (5, Lester)
SF - Mark Trumbo (1)
RBI - Erick Aybar (5), Mark Trumbo 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Trumbo (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Takahashi-Aybar-Trumbo
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Haren (L,4-2) 7944081 1.76
Hisanori Takahashi 1333112 6.59
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 108-73, Hisanori Takahashi 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 8-5, Hisanori Takahashi 1-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 30, Hisanori Takahashi 6
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4110012 .274
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4000012 .255
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4222010 .316
David Ortiz, DH4121000 .286
Jed Lowrie, 3B4121010 .350
J.D. Drew, RF4000033 .231
Marco Scutaro, SS4122010 .197
Carl Crawford, LF3120111 .194
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4011002 .207
Totals35712719  
Batting
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (9, Haren), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (4, Haren)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (2, Haren), David Ortiz (4, Takahashi), Marco Scutaro (1, Takahashi)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (20), David Ortiz (16), Jed Lowrie (13), Marco Scutaro 2 (8), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (7)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (10), Jed Lowrie (5)
SB - Carl Crawford (5, 2nd base off Haren/Mathis)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Gonzalez
E - Jon Lester (1, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Lester (W,4-1) 76111111 2.33
Daniel Bard (H,5) 1000000 3.29
Jonathan Papelbon 1322010 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 93-66, Daniel Bard 9-7, Jonathan Papelbon 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 2-7, Daniel Bard 3-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 27, Daniel Bard 3, Jonathan Papelbon 6
Game Information
Attendance - 37043
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Scott Barry