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BOSTON -- Boston ace Clay Buchholz could easily joke about his fielding night with the start he's off to this season.
David Ortiz rebounded from a rough first game with a long two-run homer and drove in three runs to help Buchholz improve to 9-0, earning the Red Sox a split of a day-night doubleheader with a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.
Buchholz gave up two runs on six hits, striking out four and walking one over 6 2-3 innings to match Arizona's Patrick Corbin (9-0) as the majors' only unbeaten pitcher with at least nine wins, but he left in the seventh with what the team called "neck tightness."
It was quite a fielding night for Boston's ace.
Howie Kendrick hit a hard grounder off Buchholz's glove in the sixth. It bounced behind the mound and he dropped his glove and raced toward the ball, but Kendrick beat it out.
"I think that ball knocked my glove off," he said, adding that when he spun and threw to first he irritated his neck. "It was a little nagging for a couple of innings, right after that ball hit off my glove and I threw to first, it bothered me."
Buchholz had another adventure fielding a grounder. In the fourth, Alberto Callaspo hit a high chop toward first, the pitcher got under it, but misplayed it before grabbing it and, while lying on the ground, reached to tag Callaspo before he reached the bag.
"I told Salty [catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia] it was the most un-athletic, athletic play I've ever made," he said.
Boston manager John Farrell didn't think the neck problem was anything serious. Buchholz didn't either.
Buchholz missed a start last month with an irritation in his collarbone area.
The victory snapped Boston's nine-game losing streak against Los Angeles.
"We played a good game the first game and this game we didn't do what we needed to do," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't know about feeling satisfied. You want to pour your heart into every game and when you don't win, you're disappointed."
Ortiz went 0 for 5, struck out twice and stranded six runners in the Red Sox' 9-5 loss in the opener.
With Boston leading the nightcap 4-2 in the sixth, Dustin Pedroia had an RBI single off reliever Jerome Williams before Ortiz hit a deep homer into the right-field seats, about 20 rows up into the corner. He stood and admired the ball's flight before slowly rounding the bases.
The Red Sox jumped ahead 2-0 against C.J. Wilson (4-5) with two runs in the first on consecutive RBI doubles by Jonny Gomes and Pedroia. Ortiz's RBI double made it 3-0 in the second.
After Mike Trout's run-scoring single cut it to 3-1, Boston added an unearned run in the fifth on David Ross' RBI single after Mike Napoli reached on an infield hit and advanced on the same play when third baseman Callaspo bounced the throw past first for an error.
Wilson gave up four runs - three earned - on eight hits, walking three and striking out five in five innings.
In the opener, Tommy Hanson (3-2) allowed two runs in five innings for the win, striking out Ortiz twice and getting him to ground out weakly with two runners on in all three at-bats.
"The first at-bat he didn't look very good on the breaking ball. I felt like I threw him a really good one," Hanson said. "Same with the second at-bat. That third time around with the tying run on third, I'd rather face Ortiz in that situation than Pedroia, who hit two line drives on me. I threw him a first-pitch slider and he grounded out, which worked out for me."
The Angels built a big lead when reliever Franklin Morales walked three straight batters and allowed four runs in the seventh inning, making it 7-2.
"I felt like it was an opportunity to get him some work in advance of a potential spot start next week," Farrell said. "Then, obviously, we saw what happened in the seventh inning -- lost the strike zone as we got deeper into [the inning] and that ended up being the difference in today's game."
Trout added a pair of doubles high off the Green Monster and collected three hits for the Angels.
The Angels went 6-0 overall against the Red Sox last season. Los Angeles won its ninth consecutive game against Boston in the clubs' first meeting this year.
The game was a makeup from Friday night's rainout.
Felix Doubront (4-3) gave up three runs and six hits over six innings.
The Red Sox stranded eight runners in the first four innings- two in each - and 14 overall. Boston made it closer by scoring three runs with two outs in the ninth.
Los Angeles held a 3-2 lead until Morales' wildness in the seventh. Trumbo had an RBI double before the left-hander threw nine consecutive balls to end his appearance and force home the final two runs. Clayton Mortensen relieved and allowed Aybar's infield hit that made it 7-2 before J.B. Shuck hit a flyball for his second out of the inning to end it.
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Mike Trout, CF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.299|
|Josh Hamilton, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.216|
|Albert Pujols, DH||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.240|
|Mark Trumbo, 1B||3||0||0||1||0||1||2||.262|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.328|
|Brad Hawpe, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.000|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.243|
|Hank Conger, C||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.260|
|Erick Aybar, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.267|
|2B - Josh Hamilton (11, Buchholz), Hank Conger (4, Buchholz)|
|SF - Mark Trumbo (2)|
|RBI - Mike Trout (40), Mark Trumbo (43)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|PB - Hank Conger (1)|
|E - Alberto Callaspo (6, Throwing), Brad Hawpe (1, Dropped fly), Mark Trumbo (3, Missed catch of throw)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|C.J. Wilson (L,4-5)||5||8||4||3||3||5||0||4.02|
|Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 104-65, Jerome Williams 56-38|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 6-4, Jerome Williams 3-4|
|Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 26, Jerome Williams 15|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Shane Victorino, CF||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.280|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||5||2||2||1||0||0||1||.211|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||1||2||2||1||0||0||.335|
|David Ortiz, DH||5||1||2||3||0||0||1||.317|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||3||4||.267|
|Daniel Nava, RF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.302|
|David Ross, C||2||0||1||1||1||0||0||.207|
|Stephen Drew, SS||4||0||1||0||0||3||5||.234|
|Jose Iglesias, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.443|
|2B - Jonny Gomes (6, Wilson), Dustin Pedroia (20, Wilson), David Ortiz (13, Wilson)|
|HR - David Ortiz (12, Williams)|
|SH - David Ross (2)|
|RBI - Jonny Gomes (12), Dustin Pedroia 2 (35), David Ortiz 3 (45), David Ross (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia (12), David Ortiz 3 (10), David Ross (3)|
|SB - Jose Iglesias (1, 2nd base off Williams/Conger)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Clay Buchholz (W,9-0)||6.2||6||2||2||1||4||0||1.71|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 104-77, Craig Breslow 14-10, Junichi Tazawa 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 6-10, Craig Breslow 2-2, Junichi Tazawa 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 27, Craig Breslow 4, Junichi Tazawa 4|
|Attendance - 36518|
|Game Time - 3:25|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Clint Fagan|