Abreu, Angels edge Sox

Posted April 12, 2009, at 11:19 p.m.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Bobby Abreu hit a go-ahead two-run single and Vladimir Guerrero hit his first home run of the season, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a testy 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Dustin Moseley (1-0) was charged with three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, striking out three in the finale of a tragic and somber season-opening homestand for the two-time defending AL West champions.

The Angels won the series opener on Friday night following an emotional tribute to teammate Nick Adenhart, the 22-year-old rookie pitcher who was killed early Thursday along with two friends when the car they were in was broadsided by a van driven by a suspected drunken driver.

One of the runs against Moseley was unearned, the result of a throwing error to second base by catcher Mike Napoli on the back end of a double steal. Dustin Pedroia scored on the miscue, trimming Los Angeles’ lead to 4-3, but Guerrero got that run back in the eighth with a towering drive to left field against reliever Hideki Okajima.

Angels setup man Scot Shields walked three batters in the eighth but escaped the jam when Mike Lowell fouled out to third and Jason Varitek flied to center on the next pitch.

Brian Fuentes got three outs for his second save, giving up an RBI single to David Ortiz before striking out J.D. Drew with runners at first and second.

Josh Beckett (1-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, striking out five and walking two. He faced the Angels in the regular season for the first time since a 9-0 loss at Fenway Park on July 30, 2008. He had a no-decision against them in Game 4 of ALDS, which Boston lost 5-4.

There was tension from the start between the two American League heavyweights.

The benches cleared in the first inning after the Angels took exception when Beckett threw a pitch over Abreu’s head just as time was being called by plate umpire Paul Schreiber.

Abreu said something to Beckett and was held back by Schreiber, then both dugouts and bullpens emptied but no punches were thrown. Angels manager Mike Scioscia ordered his players and coaches back to the dugout, and remained on the field discussing the situation with crew chief Joe West before Beckett walked toward Scioscia and engaged in some heated words.

Suddenly, the benches and bullpens spilled onto the diamond again. This time, there was some pushing and shoving. Angels center fielder Torii Hunter was ejected by West and had to be restrained by teammate Howie Kendrick, while hitting coach Mickey Hatcher and reliever Justin Speier also were ejected.

When play resumed, Abreu grounded out and Beckett retired Guerrero.

Kevin Youkilis led off the Boston second, and the count was 1-2 when Scioscia yelled something from the dugout and was ejected by third base umpire Ed Rapuano. Scioscia came back on the field to argue with Rapuano and West, and after play resumed, Youkilis and Drew hit back-to-back home runs — the first of the season for both of them.

Beckett got upset with West in the fifth inning after he called a balk on an attempted pickoff toss to first base.

Chone Figgins then struck out, but Kendrick drove in Maicer Izturis from second with a single to extend the Angels lead to 4-2. After the inning, Beckett had a brief conversation with Schreiber while holding his glove over his face.

Notes: Boston CF Jacoby Ellsbury played his 179th straight regular-season game without an error, breaking Mike Greenwell’s franchise record for outfielders. … Ortiz was thrown out trying to steal second in the fourth. He is 10-for-14 stealing in his career and 6-for-8 with the Red Sox. … Beckett has been charged with a balk only three times in 1,201 2-3 innings during his big league career. … The Angels took two of three against the Red Sox, who haven’t won a series at Anaheim since taking two of three in August 2006. … Kendrick tripled in the seventh inning, right after Varitek threw out Figgins trying to steal second. … Adenhart’s teammates, who have had his jersey hanging next to the bat rack in the dugout, will continue that practice on the road and throughout the season to honor his memory. An empty locker also will be set aside during road games, while his locker in Angel Stadium will remain the way he left it on Wednesday.

Red Sox 5, Angels 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jason Bay homered twice and drove in three runs, Brad Penny won his American League debut and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on Saturday.

Mike Lowell added a two-run shot for the Red Sox, who ended a nine-game regular-season losing streak against Los Angeles. It’s been a different story in the postseason, however, with Boston eliminating the Angels in the first round of the playoffs three times since 2004.

Jonathan Papelbon, who got the final four outs, gave up a leadoff homer to Torii Hunter in the ninth. The Angels then loaded the bases with two outs before Papelbon retired Howie Kendrick — after seven foul balls on an 0-2 count — on a tricky line drive to right fielder Rocco Baldelli.

It was Papelbon’s second save.

The Angels won the series opener 6-3 on Friday night following an emotional tribute to teammate Nick Adenhart. The 22-year-old rookie pitcher was killed along with two friends when the car they were in was broadsided by a minivan driven by a suspected drunken driver hours after Adenhart pitched six scoreless innings against Oakland on Wednesday night. Thursday night’s game against the Athletics was postponed.

There were many reminders of Adenhart on Saturday: the still-mounting shrine of flowers and Angels items brought by fans to the mound of the brick “infield” outside the stadium’s main entrance; a picture of him on the big screen inside that drew applause from both Los Angeles and Boston fans; the black patches on the front of the Angels’ jerseys; and his clubhouse locker, left as it was after he pitched Wednesday night.

Penny (1-0) gave up three runs and five hits, two of them homers by Mike Napoli. Penny is coming back from an injury-plagued 2008 season with the Dodgers after winning 16 games for them in both 2006 and 2007 and making the NL All-Star team both years.

Joe Saunders (1-1) came in with a streak of 21 2-3 scoreless innings for Los Angeles, including seven innings in a 3-0 victory over Oakland in the season opener. But Lowell ended that with his homer in the fifth. Bay added a two-run homer off the left-hander in the seventh and hit his second of the day against Justin Speier in the ninth.

Saunders, who has dedicated his season to Adenhart, gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings. He lost for the first time in five career decisions against Boston.

Bay walked and scored on Lowell’s homer to tie it at 2 in the fifth. After Napoli answered with his second leadoff homer of the game in the bottom half, Bay hit a two-run shot to put the Red Sox back on top to stay.

Notes: Since the Angels postponed Thursday’s game against Oakland because of Adenhart’s death, they are able to slot four starting pitchers into spots for another week. Manager Mike Scioscia said no decision will be made about the fifth spot in the rotation until the middle of next week at the earliest. He said middle reliever Darren Oliver, whose last season as a full-time starter was with Colorado in 2003, could make a start in an emergency, but that he’s needed more in the bullpen. … The Angels recalled OF Reggie Willits from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill the roster opening caused by Adenhart’s death. “It’s very difficult,” Willits said. “Anytime you get called up, you’re happy to go up. But under the circumstances, it just didn’t feel right. … I remember talking to my wife, and telling her: ‘I really hope it’s not me,’ because of how hard it is.”

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