Bradley, Devers homer for Red Sox in 4-2 win over Angels

BOSTON (AP) After slugging their way to wins in the first five games against the Los Angels Angels, the Boston Red Sox needed some strong defense to complete the season sweep.

Jackie Bradley Jr. made a leaping catch at the wall in center to keep the Angels from scoring in the first inning and broke open the game with a two-run homer in the seventh as the Red Sox beat the Angels 4-2 on Thursday night.

''It feels good when you get the results,'' Bradley said. ''Both were very pivotal for the game.''

Bradley's shot to right was the 20th homer the Red Sox hit in six games against Los Angeles, sweeping the season series against the Angels for the first time since they joined the American League as an expansion club in 1961.

Boston outscored Los Angeles 49-12 while taking all six games, which according to the Red Sox is the first six-game season sweep in club history.

The Red Sox have won four straight and six of seven as they head to New York to open three-game series between the rivals on Friday night with first place in the AL East on the line.

Hector Velazquez (6-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and striking out three. Craig Kimbrel earned his 24th save with a scoreless ninth inning.

With scheduled starter Steven Wright on the DL, the Red Sox had to shuffle their rotation. Manager Alex Cora said he was pleased to get four innings out of starter Brian Johnson and two more from Velazquez, setting up the bullpen to finish off the Angels.

''We got to where we wanted to get,'' Cora said. ''B.J. (Johnson) was outstanding using his fastball, mixing up his breaking ball - very pleased with the way we got six innings out of those guys.''

The Angels have lost six straight, although they were in contention in the last two games at Fenway Park.

''There's no doubt we hit the ball harder than looking at six hits,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ''We probably squared up five other balls that they made nice plays on. That's the way it goes sometimes.''

Andrelton Simmons hit a solo homer and Albert Pujols had an RBI single for the Angels, who had a potential rally going in the eighth with runners on first and second with one out but were robbed of another hit when Andrew Benintendi made a leaping catch at the wall that rivaled what Bradley did in the first.

''That was amazing,'' Bradley said. ''We were able to make some big plays for our pitchers and get the win.''

Los Angeles was up 1-0 until Devers led off the fifth with his 13th homer, to center off of Jaime Barria (5-4).

Barria was pulled after giving up a one-out walk to J.D. Martinez with one out in the sixth and the score still tied 1-1. Jose Alvarez gave up a double to Mitch Moreland, with Martinez moving to third. Xander Bogaerts was then walked intentionally to load the bases, and Brock Holt drew a walk to drive in Martinez for Boston's first lead. Alvarez then got Devers to ground into a double play to end the inning.

Barria was charged with two runs on four hits and two walks, striking out two over 5 1/3 innings.

''Jaime was good. He had to work hard to get to that point of the game,'' Scioscia said. ''There was one fastball he just left down the heart of the plate and it was down to Devers and he hit it out to center. But I thought he gave us a chance to win, there's no doubt about that.''

Bradley's homer, his sixth, in the seventh off of Noe Ramirez pushed Boston's lead to 4-1.

BRONX BOUND

The Red Sox were busy packing their bags in the locker room after the game and were headed to New York, where the three-game series was scheduled to open Friday. The Red Sox (55-27) hold a slight lead on the Yankees (52-26), who were off Thursday.

While the series is big, Bradley said the division title is not on the line - yet.

''I think if you win, that takes care of everything. You don't have to think about anything else,'' Bradley said. ''You get that done, I don't think you've got to worry about any other teams.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Placed rookie reliever Jake Jewell on the DL with a broken right leg that could cause him to miss the rest of the season. He's scheduled to have surgery Friday. Jewell was carted off the field at Fenway Park on Wednesday night. ... The Angels recalled RHP Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake and added RHP Taylor Cole to the major league roster.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Felix Pena (0-0, 5.40 ERA) gets his third start of the season and first on the road when the Angels open up a weekend series in Baltimore on Friday.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (9-2, 3.86) was on a six-start winning streak before taking the loss Saturday against Seattle. Rodriguez is scheduled to go up against Yankees LHP C.C. Sabathia (4-3, 3.18) in the series opener Friday night.

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LAA41-41
000100010260
BOS55-27
00001120X470
  • W: H. Velazquez (6-0)L: J. Barria (5-4)S: C. Kimbrel (24)
  • HR: LAA - A. Simmons (5), BOS - J. Bradley (6), R. Devers (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B50100013.216.278.388.6660.5
M. Trout DH21000211.320.460.6411.1013.5
J. Upton LF40100014.248.337.452.7900.5
A. Pujols 1B40110000.247.284.403.6872.0
A. Simmons SS41111012.313.375.435.8105.5
D. Fletcher 3B-RF40100012.296.345.370.7150.5
C. Young CF30000021.171.256.369.625-1.0
a- L. Valbuena PH-3B10000002.215.260.365.6250.0
J. Briceno C30000020.333.357.593.950-1.0
b- M. Maldonado PH10000010.242.300.355.655-0.5
M. Hermosillo RF20100000.132.195.184.3791.0
c- K. Calhoun PH-RF-CF00000200.169.226.234.4602.0
  • a-flied out for Young in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Briceno in the 9th
  • c-walked for Hermosillo in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF40100000.336.425.6761.1011.0
A. Benintendi LF40000001.286.370.512.8810.0
J. Martinez DH31000110.326.394.6481.0421.5
M. Moreland 1B40100020.290.357.548.9051.0
X. Bogaerts SS20100200.280.342.512.8534.0
B. Holt 2B30010112.293.373.414.7871.5
R. Devers 3B31111004.242.287.430.7186.0
C. Vazquez C31200000.224.262.318.5803.0
J. Bradley CF31121010.202.291.335.6256.5
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Simmons (5)
    • RBI - A. Pujols (43), A. Simmons (36)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Moreland (15), X. Bogaerts (23)
    • HR - R. Devers (13), J. Bradley (6)
    • RBI - B. Holt (18), R. Devers (42), J. Bradley 2 (23)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Upton (4)
    • DP - (Alvarez-Briceno-Pujols)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Barria (L, 5-4)5.14222413.401.204.0
    J. Alvarez0.21002003.031.15-3.0
    N. Ramirez1.02220114.441.26-0.5
    B. Parker1.00000003.201.173.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Barria (L, 5-4)5.1
    J. Alvarez0.2
    N. Ramirez1.0
    B. Parker1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Johnson4.03111214.281.408.0
    H. Velazquez (W, 6-0)2.01000302.381.3913.5
    B. Workman (H, 1)1.00001200.900.903.0
    J. Kelly (H, 15)1.02111003.381.10-1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 24)1.00001302.160.8710.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Johnson4.0
    H. Velazquez (W, 6-0)2.0
    B. Workman (H, 1)1.0
    J. Kelly (H, 15)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 24)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - J. Alvarez
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 98-54, J. Alvarez 14-8, N. Ramirez 16-14, B. Parker 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 5-6, J. Alvarez 1-0, N. Ramirez 1-1, B. Parker 3-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Barria 21, J. Alvarez 4, N. Ramirez 5, B. Parker 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - H. Velazquez (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 61-34, H. Velazquez 41-28, B. Workman 15-7, J. Kelly 19-11, C. Kimbrel 19-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 4-6, H. Velazquez 3-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 16, H. Velazquez 8, B. Workman 4, J. Kelly 6, C. Kimbrel 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    LAA41-41
    000100010260
    BOS55-27
    00001120X470
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B50100013.216.278.388.6660.5
    M. Trout DH21000211.320.460.6411.1013.5
    J. Upton LF40100014.248.337.452.7900.5
    A. Pujols 1B40110000.247.284.403.6872.0
    A. Simmons SS41111012.313.375.435.8105.5
    D. Fletcher 3B-RF40100012.296.345.370.7150.5
    C. Young CF30000021.171.256.369.625-1.0
    a- L. Valbuena PH-3B10000002.215.260.365.6250.0
    J. Briceno C30000020.333.357.593.950-1.0
    b- M. Maldonado PH10000010.242.300.355.655-0.5
    M. Hermosillo RF20100000.132.195.184.3791.0
    c- K. Calhoun PH-RF-CF00000200.169.226.234.4602.0
    Total33262141015-----
    HITTERSAB
    I. Kinsler 2B5
    M. Trout DH2
    J. Upton LF4
    A. Pujols 1B4
    A. Simmons SS4
    D. Fletcher 3B-RF4
    C. Young CF3
    a- L. Valbuena PH-3B1
    J. Briceno C3
    b- M. Maldonado PH1
    M. Hermosillo RF2
    c- K. Calhoun PH-RF-CF0
    Total33
    • a-flied out for Young in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Briceno in the 9th
    • c-walked for Hermosillo in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40100000.336.425.6761.1011.0
    A. Benintendi LF40000001.286.370.512.8810.0
    J. Martinez DH31000110.326.394.6481.0421.5
    M. Moreland 1B40100020.290.357.548.9051.0
    X. Bogaerts SS20100200.280.342.512.8534.0
    B. Holt 2B30010112.293.373.414.7871.5
    R. Devers 3B31111004.242.287.430.7186.0
    C. Vazquez C31200000.224.262.318.5803.0
    J. Bradley CF31121010.202.291.335.6256.5
    Total294742457-----
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Simmons (5)
      • RBI - A. Pujols (43), A. Simmons (36)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moreland (15), X. Bogaerts (23)
      • HR - R. Devers (13), J. Bradley (6)
      • RBI - B. Holt (18), R. Devers (42), J. Bradley 2 (23)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Upton (4)
      • DP - (Alvarez-Briceno-Pujols)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Barria (L, 5-4)5.14222413.401.204.0
      J. Alvarez0.21002003.031.15-3.0
      N. Ramirez1.02220114.441.26-0.5
      B. Parker1.00000003.201.173.0
      Total8.0744452---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Barria (L, 5-4)5.1
      J. Alvarez0.2
      N. Ramirez1.0
      B. Parker1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Johnson4.03111214.281.408.0
      H. Velazquez (W, 6-0)2.01000302.381.3913.5
      B. Workman (H, 1)1.00001200.900.903.0
      J. Kelly (H, 15)1.02111003.381.10-1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 24)1.00001302.160.8710.5
      Total9.06224101---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Johnson4.0
      H. Velazquez (W, 6-0)2.0
      B. Workman (H, 1)1.0
      J. Kelly (H, 15)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 24)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Alvarez
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 98-54, J. Alvarez 14-8, N. Ramirez 16-14, B. Parker 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 5-6, J. Alvarez 1-0, N. Ramirez 1-1, B. Parker 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Barria 21, J. Alvarez 4, N. Ramirez 5, B. Parker 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - H. Velazquez (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 61-34, H. Velazquez 41-28, B. Workman 15-7, J. Kelly 19-11, C. Kimbrel 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 4-6, H. Velazquez 3-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 16, H. Velazquez 8, B. Workman 4, J. Kelly 6, C. Kimbrel 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Pujols singled to center, Trout scored, Upton to second24
      • 7TH INNING
        Bradley homered to right center, Vazquez scored14
      • 6TH INNING
        Holt walked, Martinez scored, Moreland to third, Bogaerts to second12
      • 5TH INNING
        Devers homered to center11
      • 4TH INNING
        Simmons homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Joe Kelly
        • Martin Maldonado hit for Jose Briceno
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
        • M. Trout: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Kole Calhoun in right field
        • Joe Kelly relieved Brandon Workman
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Upton singled to left center, Trout to third
        • A. Pujols: Foul, Pujols singled to center, Trout scored, Upton to second
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons lined out to right
        • D. Fletcher: Fletcher flied out to deep left
        • Luis Valbuena hit for Chris Young
        • L. Valbuena: Valbuena flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Blake Parker relieved Noe Ramirez
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moreland grounded out to first
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to third
        • B. Holt: Ball, Holt grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Brandon Workman relieved Hector Velazquez
        • C. Young: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
        • J. Briceno: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Briceno struck out swinging
        • Kole Calhoun hit for Michael Hermosillo
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked
        • I. Kinsler: Kinsler flied out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Jose Alvarez
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Vazquez singled to left center
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Bradley homered to right center, Vazquez scored
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts flied out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Fletcher struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez walked
        • Jose Alvarez relieved Jaime Barria
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moreland doubled to left center, Martinez to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts intentionally walked
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Holt walked, Martinez scored, Moreland to third, Bogaerts to second
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Devers grounded into double play pitcher to catcher to first, Moreland out at home
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Hector Velazquez relieved Brian Johnson
        • J. Briceno: Strike looking, Briceno grounded out to third
        • M. Hermosillo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hermosillo reached on an infield single to third
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to third, Hermosillo to second
        • M. Trout: Foul, Ball, Trout hit by pitch
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Devers homered to center
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Ball, Vazquez singled to left, Vazquez out at second
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bradley popped out to second
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols lined out to third
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons homered to left
        • D. Fletcher: Fletcher flied out to left
        • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Young lined out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to deep center
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • J. Briceno: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Briceno struck out on foul tip
        • M. Hermosillo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hermosillo flied out to deep center
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kinsler singled to left
        • M. Trout: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked, Kinsler to second
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Upton grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Vazquez flied out to right
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Betts singled to left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Benintendi lined out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pujols grounded out to third
        • A. Simmons: Simmons flied out to deep left
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher singled to left center
        • C. Young: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Moreland struck out on foul tip
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts doubled to left
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Holt grounded out to shortstop, Bogaerts to third
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Trout grounded out to third
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Upton flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts popped out to second
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi lined out to right
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)