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Angels beat Red Sox 4-2 to extend AL West lead

By KEN POWTAK
Associated Press
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BOSTON (AP) Kevin Jepsen hadn't earned a save in nearly two years. He certainly deserved this one, after a clutch strikeout of Boston bopper David Ortiz.

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit consecutive RBI doubles, and the Los Angeles Angels extended their AL West lead with a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox on Monday night.

With two runners on and none out in the ninth, Jepsen threw a well-executed changeup to Ortiz that moved off the plate, getting Big Papi to swing and miss wildly.

''I wanted to give him a pitch he thinks he can drive, but it fades out of the zone. In that situation, I'm going for the strikeout,'' Jepsen said. ''Watching him, I've seen him come up a ton of times in that situation and tie it up.''

Jepsen then got Yoenis Cespedes to bounce into a run-scoring fielder's choice before Mike Napoli lined to center, closing out his first save since Sept. 16, 2012.

It was the fifth win in six games for the Angels, who moved a half-game ahead of idle Oakland.

''That's a great pitch,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''It's a tough situation. David can beat you at any part of this ballpark on a variety of pitches and you've got to make your pitches there.''

Ortiz reached base four times with a double, a single and two walks for the Red Sox, who have lost three of four after winning four straight.

Boston was 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 overall.

Angels starter C.J. Wilson (10-8) labored through 5 1-3 innings, giving up one run and five hits with five walks and five strikeouts.

Brandon Workman (1-7) lost his sixth straight start, giving up two runs and six hits in seven innings. He was skipped for a couple of turns to rest his arm.

''My velocity was better,'' Workman said. ''I had a chance to work on some things mechanically. I felt good tonight. I felt like I got into a nice rhythm early and was able to carry that through.''

The Angles broke ahead 2-0 on two-out doubles by Trout and Pujols in the third after Kole Calhoun walked.

Brock Holt extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single, cutting it to 2-1 in the fourth.

Los Angeles added two runs in the eighth when reliever Junichi Tazawa bobbled a grounder and made a wild throw with the bases loaded. He was charged with two errors on the play.

''Unfortunately, what looked like a potential inning-ending double play turned into a couple of runs for them,'' Boston manager John Farrell said.

The Red Sox had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth, but Dustin Pedroia bounced into a double play against reliever Mike Morin.

NICE GRAB

The most important catch of the game might have been by Scioscia. With the entire infield shifted to the right for Ortiz, Wilson had to run hard toward the Angels dugout for a short foul pop. The ball bounced in front of a hard-charging Wilson, who hopped down the dugout steps and was caught by Scioscia, with hitting coach Don Baylor assisting. ''I saw the ball, he kept coming and I said, `No,''' Scioscia said. ''Luckily, we caught him. We don't need anybody rolling another ankle doing something like that.''

CHANGE THAT TUNE

A day after his mental gaffe cost the Red Sox in a loss to Houston, SS Xander Bogaerts changed his walk-up music to ''Rude'' by Magic!. He went 0 for 4, stranding two runners.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Scioscia said INF Grant Green, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower back, is ''close to playing in games.'' He'll likely need a few rehab starts before returning.

Red Sox: Pedroia was back in the lineup after missing Sunday's game because he was sick. OF-1B Allen Craig (sprained left foot) started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. C David Ross (plantar fasciitis) is expected to be activated Tuesday.

UP NEXT

RHP Jered Weaver (13-7, 3.66 ERA) goes for the Angels in the second game of the series Tuesday. He took the loss against Boston on Aug. 8, giving up four runs in six innings.

RHP Allen Webster (3-1, 4.79) faces the Angels for the second time in three starts. He earned the win against Weaver recently, holding Los Angeles to two runs in 6 2-3 innings.

 
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Players of the Game
Boston

B. Holt
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

K. Calhoun
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Kole Calhoun, RF2220200.295.351.490
Mike Trout, CF4121023.291.379.560
Albert Pujols, DH3011101.272.329.479
Howie Kendrick, 2B4000002.280.339.374
Erick Aybar, SS4010010.266.308.374
Brennan Boesch, LF3000011.111.138.148
   Collin Cowgill, LF1000012.274.350.396
David Freese, 3B3010011.259.327.362
   John McDonald, 3B1000000.149.237.164
Efren Navarro, 1B4000000.260.330.375
Chris Iannetta, C3100110.265.364.410
C.J. Wilson, P0000000.000.333.000
   Mike Morin, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Salas, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jason Grilli, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kevin Jepsen, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3247247    
Batting
2B - Kole Calhoun (23, Tazawa), Mike Trout (34, Workman)
RBI - Mike Trout (87), Albert Pujols (75)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Trout (17), Albert Pujols (20)
CS - Erick Aybar (9, 2nd base by Workman/Vazquez), David Freese (3, 2nd base by Workman/Vazquez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Navarro
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (W,10-8) 5.1511550 4.59
Mike Morin (H,8) 0.2100100 2.68
Fernando Salas (H,5) 1100030 2.55
Jason Grilli (H,8) 1000000 3.57
Kevin Jepsen (S,1) 1211010 2.22
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 115-70, Mike Morin 12-7, Fernando Salas 13-11, Jason Grilli 9-6, Kevin Jepsen 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 4-7, Mike Morin 1-0, Jason Grilli 2-1, Kevin Jepsen 1-1
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 26, Mike Morin 3, Fernando Salas 4, Jason Grilli 3, Kevin Jepsen 5
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brock Holt, RF4121110.300.351.408
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5020003.285.346.379
David Ortiz, DH3020212.253.345.503
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5001025.251.294.456
Mike Napoli, 1B4000115.266.388.450
Will Middlebrooks, 3B3000122.183.271.278
Xander Bogaerts, SS4000011.226.293.339
Mookie Betts, CF3110112.250.298.364
Christian Vazquez, C4020002.244.301.305
Brandon Workman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000.000.000.000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3529269    
Batting
2B - David Ortiz (24, Wilson)
RBI - Brock Holt (26), Yoenis Cespedes (79)
2-OUT RBI - Brock Holt (12)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Bogaerts-Pedroia-Napoli
E - Junichi Tazawa 2 (3, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Workman (L,1-7) 7622250 4.26
Junichi Tazawa 1120220 3.14
Edward Mujica 1000000 4.40
IBB - Pujols by Junichi Tazawa
WP - Junichi Tazawa (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Workman 89-59, Junichi Tazawa 33-19, Edward Mujica 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Workman 9-4, Junichi Tazawa 2-0, Edward Mujica 1-2
Batters Faced - Brandon Workman 26, Junichi Tazawa 7, Edward Mujica 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35170
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Tom Woodring, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Andy Fletcher