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Angels' Weaver strong in win vs. BoSox

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BOSTON -- Jered Weaver has struggled at Fenway Park. He even fell down while throwing a pitch in the first inning on Wednesday night.

This time, everything turned out just fine for the ace right-hander.

Weaver rebounded from a terrible start by pitching seven solid innings, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-3 victory over the fading Boston Red Sox.

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"When you come into this place you never know what's going to happen," he said. "I haven't had much success here. ... It was nice to mix in a win and get us back on track."

Weaver (16-3) gave up two runs and seven hits, struck out five and walked one. He was tagged for a season-worst nine runs in three innings during a 12-3 loss to the Rays last Friday.

Weaver was 1-3 with a 7.16 ERA in six career games at Fenway before Wednesday.

He got off to an unusual start when Dustin Pedroia reached after striking out on a passed ball with two down in the first. Weaver then fell while throwing a pitch to Adrian Gonzalez, who eventually struck out to end the inning.

"I slipped a little bit," the gangly 6-foot-7 Weaver said, smiling as he recalled the moment. "It's bound to happen with all the body limbs flying around."

Howie Kendrick hit a solo homer and Torii Hunter had a two-run single for the Angels, who have won the first two in a three-game set at Boston after getting swept in a four-game home series against Tampa Bay over the weekend.

Los Angeles slugger Albert Pujols left in the fourth inning with tightness in his right calf, and the team said he would have a precautionary MRI on Thursday.

Ryan Lavarnway and Mike Aviles had RBI doubles for Boston, which lost for the sixth time in eight games and fell to 6-14 in August.

Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz (11-4) matched his season high for runs allowed, giving up seven in 5 1/3 innings. The 12 hits allowed equaled a career worst, also done in a 4-1 loss at Baltimore on April 26, 2011.

"It's tough. Nobody comes here every day wanting to lose or thinking we're going to lose," Buchholz said. "It's just been happening that way. To have a team that everybody knows can be really, really good with the players that run out there every day, it makes it a little bit tougher knowing that also."

Los Angeles, which had lost 11 of its 14 previous games in Fenway before this week, goes for the sweep Thursday when C.J. Wilson faces Boston's Franklin Morales.

"C.J. wants to take the baton and pass it along," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "They know how important they are to us, and hopefully they want to keep it going."

Leading 4-2 in the sixth, Kendrick homered into the seats above the Green Monster. Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar then singled, chasing Buchholz. Junichi Tazawa struck out his first batter before Mike Trout's single loaded the bases. Hunter followed with his two-run single, making it 7-2.

The Angels' bottom four hitters in the order went 10 for 16 with six runs scored.

"I didn't know we did all that," Kendrick said. "I think it's huge to have a different part of the lineup put up those kinds of numbers."

The Angels jumped in front 2-0 in the third. Chris Iannetta had an RBI single and the second run scored on Trout's double-play grounder.

Los Angeles made it 4-0 in the fourth when Mark Trumbo and Izturis each had an RBI single.

Consecutive RBI doubles by Lavarnway and Aviles cut Boston's deficit to 4-2 in the fourth.

Pujols pulled up running between second and third on Kendrys Morales' grounder to shortstop before gingerly going into the third-base bag. He then came home slowly on Trumbo's single, limping noticeably as he went to the dugout. He was replaced in the bottom of the inning.

Notes

  • Pujols went 2 for 2 and scored a run.
  • Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine wouldn't say what his rotation was for this weekend's home series against Kansas City. There is speculation that Daisuke Matsuzaka could take Aaron Cook's turn in the rotation. Matsuzaka, on the 15-day DL with a strained neck muscle, was impressive in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, allowing one hit in seven shutout innings. "The reports were good," Valentine said. "Threw the ball good. Kept it down. Came out of it good - just a sore calf."
  • The Angels placed OF Peter Bourjos on the 15-day DL with a sore right wrist and recalled RHP Garrett Richards from Triple-A Salt Lake. Scioscia said Richards, who went 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA in nine starts before being sent down on Aug. 2, will work out of the bullpen. "It's certainly a chance for him to fit more into a role, but we'll start with him in the middle and see where it goes from there," he said. "He still has that length [to start], but we'll see where it goes from there."
  • Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski turned 73 on Wednesday.
  • It was Buchholz's 100th career start.
 
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The Angels' Jered Weaver rebounds from the worst start of his career to throw seven strong innings and beat the Red Sox. (US Presswire)
The Angels' Jered Weaver rebounds from the worst start of his career to throw seven strong innings and beat the Red Sox. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Boston

S. Podsednik
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Los Angeles

M. Izturis
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, CF4010111 .343
Torii Hunter, RF5012010 .295
Albert Pujols, 1B2120000 .283
    Vernon Wells, LF3000012 .218
Kendrys Morales, DH5000003 .277
Mark Trumbo, LF-1B4011030 .286
Howard Kendrick, 2B4221000 .285
Maicer Izturis, 3B4231000 .255
Erick Aybar, SS4220001 .278
Chris Iannetta, C4031012 .223
Totals39715617  
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (34, Buchholz), Howard Kendrick (20, Buchholz)
3B - Chris Iannetta (1, Tazawa)
HR - Howard Kendrick (7, Buchholz)
RBI - Torii Hunter 2 (59), Mark Trumbo (78), Howard Kendrick (43), Maicer Izturis (18), Chris Iannetta (16)
2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter 2 (28), Maicer Izturis (6)
SB - Torii Hunter (7, 2nd base off Tazawa/Saltalamacchia)
CS - Mark Trumbo (4, 2nd base by Buchholz/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Pujols
PB - Chris Iannetta (5)
E - Torii Hunter (3, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jered Weaver (W,16-3) 7722150 2.74
LaTroy Hawkins 0.2210110 3.72
Kevin Jepsen (H,10) 1100020 3.71
Ernesto Frieri 0.1000000 1.97
HBP - Pedroia (by Ernesto Frieri)
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 102-63, LaTroy Hawkins 25-13, Kevin Jepsen 18-11, Ernesto Frieri 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 9-7
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 29, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Kevin Jepsen 4, Ernesto Frieri 2
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Scott Podsednik, LF5030012 .370
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5010004 .249
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4110012 .276
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5000014 .301
Cody Ross, RF4010010 .272
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4110021 .229
Ryan Lavarnway, DH3111100 .147
Mike Aviles, SS3011102 .253
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B3010011 .328
   a- Daniel Nava, PH1000010 .250
Totals37310228  
a-struck out for Ciriaco in the 9th
Batting
2B - Cody Ross (26, Hawkins), Ryan Lavarnway (2, Jer. Weaver), Mike Aviles (26, Jer. Weaver)
RBI - Ryan Lavarnway (1), Mike Aviles (53)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Lavarnway (1), Mike Aviles (24)
SB - Scott Podsednik (7, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Iannetta), Dustin Pedroia 2 (11, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Iannetta, 2nd base off Hawkins/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Scott Podsednik 1
DP - Aviles-Pedroia-Gonzalez
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clay Buchholz (L,11-4) 5.11277131 4.47
Junichi Tazawa 2.2300030 1.44
Mark Melancon 1000010 6.89
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 82-56, Junichi Tazawa 46-33, Mark Melancon 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 5-5, Junichi Tazawa 2-3, Mark Melancon 2-0
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 26, Junichi Tazawa 11, Mark Melancon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37373
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Ted Barrett