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Ortiz, Saltalamacchia power Red Sox past Angels

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox are certainly enjoying playing a lot more this season.

David Ortiz hit a three-run home run and Jarrod Saltalamacchia connected twice, the first coming one pitch before Mike Carp homered Sunday, and the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-5.

Sitting atop the AL East after a miserable 69-93 record last season that saw first-year manager Bobby Valentine fired during the offseason and a trio of stars -- Adrian Gonzalez. Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a salary dump last August, the Red Sox are feeling like they can enjoy the game again.

"This is a great clubhouse, a great group of guys. It starts with the top and works its way down," Saltalamacchia said. "Everybody knows their role and everybody knows what approach to take, which makes things easier. We've got a good group of veterans with a good group of young guys. It's a lot of fun, especially being in first place, but we know we have to focus on tomorrow."

Ryan Dempster (4-6) got his 2,000th career strikeout when he fanned Alberto Callaspo to open the sixth.

The Red Sox took two of three in the weekend series against the Angels and have won six of eight.

Dempster, signed to a two-year deal via free agency during the offseason, agreed with his batterymate, Saltalamacchia.

"We're a team. We're a tight unit and so when guys are getting a bunch of hits, it's a lot of fun in the dugout," Dempster said. "See a guy like Salty break out and get two homers today. It's good energy. As a pitcher, a starting pitcher, it allows you to go out there and really fill the strike zone up. You got a little bit of breathing room."

Los Angeles entered the weekend having won eight straight against the Red Sox after going 6-0 last season, but dropped the final two after winning the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

Albert Pujols and Callaspo each had solo home runs for the Angels.

The Angels' power-filled lineup was no match for Boston's bats on Sunday.

"You just need to make your pitches. If I could just take back one pitch, just the change-up to Ortiz," Angels starter Joe Blanton said. "It was just middle-in up and it's not a good place to throw a changeup to him. If I make a pitch there and get and get the next one, it's a big difference taking away three runs. It changes the [complexion] of the game. I just gotta make a better pitch in that situation and I didn't do it."

Ortiz, who hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs in Boston's 7-2 victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader Saturday, has five home runs and 14 RBI in his last 10 games.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia felt Blanton didn't locate his fastball well enough when he needed it.

"I think he got off to a good start the first go-round of the lineup and then he just had trouble with his fastball," Scioscia said. "He got a change-up up to David Ortiz for the three-run home run. Just struggled with fastball command, especially in the sixth inning."

Saltalamacchia and Carp opened the sixth with homers into the center field seats off starter Blanton (1-10), Carp's drive chasing Blanton. In the next inning, Saltalamacchia hit a home run to center field again, this time a three-run shot into the first row off Robert Coello to give Boston a 10-3 lead.

Dempster gave up three runs on six hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six for only his second victory in his past six decisions.

Blanton was tagged for seven runs -- six earned -- with three home runs in eight hits over five-plus innings.

Trailing 1-0 in the third, the Red Sox scored four runs off Blanton. Daniel Nava tied it with an RBI single, Dustin Pedroia singled, then Ortiz belted his homer into the Red Sox bullpen to make it 4-1.

Callaspo hit a solo home run in the fourth, but Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI triple into the right-field corner made it 5-2.

Los Angeles cut it to 5-3 in the fifth on Mark Trumbo's run-scoring single after Mike Trout doubled off the Green Monster.

Pujols' solo home run pushed the Angels ahead in the first.

Notes

  • Saltalamacchia had his fourth two-homer game, his previous was April of last season at the Chicago White Sox.
  • Pedroia and teammate Jose Iglesias both extended hitting streaks to 13 games, with Iglesias' being a career high.
  • Blanton entered the game having allowed the most hits in the majors.
  • Dempster entered 0-2 with 17 runs in 13 2/3 innings in his career against Los Angeles.
  • The Angels' Howie Kendrick came in 12 for his past 16, but went 0 for 4.
  • Boston is an MLB-best 13-6 in day games.
  • Boston manager John Farrell said before the game that RHP Clay Buchholz was "sore," but still needed to be examined. Buchholz left Saturday's second game with what the team called "neck tightness."
  • Josh Hamilton went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts.
  • The Angels are scheduled to open a three-game series in Baltimore Monday with Jered Weaver (1-1, 3.13) facing the Orioles' Freddy Garcia (2-3, 4.470 ERA).
  • Boston plays at the Tampa Bay Rays Monday with John Lackey (3-5, 2.79 ERA) slated to face Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.39 ERA).
 
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia produces two hits -- both home runs -- against the Angels. The Red Sox catcher finishes with four RBI. (USATSI)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia produces two hits -- both home runs -- against the Angels. The Red Sox catcher finishes with four RBI. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Boston

J. Saltalamacchia
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, CF5130013 .305
Josh Hamilton, RF5000023 .212
Albert Pujols, DH4111002 .241
Mark Trumbo, 1B3021200 .267
Howie Kendrick, 2B4000026 .322
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3211111 .245
Erick Aybar, SS3100101 .262
Chris Iannetta, C3000120 .209
J.B. Shuck, LF4022000 .278
Totals3459558  
Batting
2B - Mike Trout 2 (20, Dempster, Breslow), J.B. Shuck (7, Dempster)
HR - Albert Pujols (10, Dempster), Alberto Callaspo (4, Dempster)
RBI - Albert Pujols (37), Mark Trumbo (44), Alberto Callaspo (20), J.B. Shuck 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (8), Mark Trumbo (16), J.B. Shuck 2 (10)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
PB - Chris Iannetta (5)
E - Alberto Callaspo (7, Throwing), Howie Kendrick (8, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Blanton (L,1-10) 5876163 5.87
Michael Kohn 1000010 2.04
Robert Coello 0.2333301 4.30
Scott Downs 0.1000000 2.00
Kevin Jepsen 1000010 3.86
WP - Joe Blanton (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 95-63, Michael Kohn 31-21, Robert Coello 33-16, Scott Downs 5-3, Kevin Jepsen 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 4-6, Michael Kohn 1-2, Kevin Jepsen 2-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 25, Michael Kohn 4, Robert Coello 8, Scott Downs 1, Kevin Jepsen 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4111102 .279
Daniel Nava, RF5111015 .299
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4110000 .333
    Pedro Ciriaco, 3B1000000 .216
David Ortiz, DH4223110 .322
Mike Napoli, 1B4100141 .263
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4224011 .273
Mike Carp, LF3211100 .318
Stephen Drew, SS4010013 .234
Jose Iglesias, 3B-2B4020002 .446
Totals3710111048  
Batting
2B - Jose Iglesias (7, Coello)
3B - Jacoby Ellsbury (6, Blanton)
HR - David Ortiz (13, Blanton), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (8, Blanton, Coello), Mike Carp (6, Blanton)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (21), Daniel Nava (40), David Ortiz 3 (48), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 4 (25), Mike Carp (20)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (10)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (24, 2nd base off Blanton/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Daniel Nava 1
DP - Pedroia-Drew-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster (W,4-6) 6633262 4.40
Craig Breslow 1100000 2.16
Koji Uehara 0.2122200 2.59
Andrew Miller 0.1100000 3.05
Andrew Bailey 1000120 1.47
HBP - Pujols (by Ryan Dempster), Kendrick (by Koji Uehara)
WP - Ryan Dempster (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 110-66, Craig Breslow 9-7, Koji Uehara 31-18, Andrew Miller 5-3, Andrew Bailey 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 5-6, Craig Breslow 1-2, Koji Uehara 2-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 26, Craig Breslow 4, Koji Uehara 6, Andrew Miller 1, Andrew Bailey 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37054
Game Time - 3:33
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Tim McClelland