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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.
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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.
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."
"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.
|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|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Mike Trout, CF||4||0||1||0||1||1||1||.343|
|Torii Hunter, RF||5||0||1||2||0||1||0||.295|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||2||1||2||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Vernon Wells, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.218|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.277|
|Mark Trumbo, LF-1B||4||0||1||1||0||3||0||.286|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||4||2||2||1||0||0||0||.285|
|Maicer Izturis, 3B||4||2||3||1||0||0||0||.255|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||2||2||0||0||0||1||.278|
|Chris Iannetta, C||4||0||3||1||0||1||2||.223|
|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|
|DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Pujols|
|PB - Chris Iannetta (5)|
|E - Torii Hunter (3, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Jered Weaver (W,16-3)||7||7||2||2||1||5||0||2.74|
|Kevin Jepsen (H,10)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||3.71|
|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|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||5||0||3||0||0||1||2||.370|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||5||0||1||0||0||0||4||.249|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.276|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||4||.301|
|Cody Ross, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.272|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.229|
|Ryan Lavarnway, DH||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.147|
|Mike Aviles, SS||3||0||1||1||1||0||2||.253|
|Pedro Ciriaco, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.328|
|a- Daniel Nava, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.250|
|a-struck out for Ciriaco in the 9th|
|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|
|Outfield Assists - Scott Podsednik 1|
|DP - Aviles-Pedroia-Gonzalez|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Clay Buchholz (L,11-4)||5.1||12||7||7||1||3||1||4.47|
|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|
|Attendance - 37373|
|Game Time - 3:14|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Ted Barrett|