Angels’ Weaver shuts out Red Sox, beats former teammate Lackey

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Posted July 07, 2013, at 11:29 p.m.
Last modified July 07, 2013, at 11:50 p.m.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jered Weaver outpitched his friend and former teammate John Lackey, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night at Angel Stadium.

The Angels earned two victories in the three-game series against the Red Sox, who are just getting started on a 10-game West Coast road trip.

Weaver threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out six.

Lackey, Weaver’s former mentor with the Angels and the winning pitcher of Game 7 in the Angels’ 2002 World Series championship, pitched well in defeat. He went seven innings, struck out nine and gave up just five hits. Trouble was, two of those hits left the ballpark and were the difference in the game.

Mike Trout homered in the first inning, going the other way and hitting the ball over the fence in right-center field for a 1-0 lead. Hank Conger homered with two outs in the fifth inning for the Angels’ other run off Lackey.

The Angels scored their third run in the eighth when Erick Aybar tripled and scored on Mark Trumbo’s sacrifice fly off reliever Junichi Tazawa.

After escaping a first-inning jam, Weaver settled in. He didn’t allow a hit between Ryan Lavarnway’s one-out, infield single in the second inning and Mike Napoli’s leadoff single in the seventh.

When Brock Holt singled with two outs in the seventh, moving Napoli to second base, Weaver had made a season-high 114 pitches and was replaced by Dane De La Rosa, who quickly ended the threat by retiring Jose Iglesias on a fly to right.

Scott Downs pitched a scoreless eighth, and Ernesto Frieri closed it out in the ninth for his 22nd save.

NOTES: Red Sox LHP Andrew Miller was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Miller hurt his left foot when running to back up home plate after giving up a single in Saturday’s game. Initial X-rays on the foot were negative, but Miller will return to Boston for further evaluation. RHP Alfredo Aceves was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Miller on the roster. Aceves was 4-1 with a 5.05 ERA in nine games (six starts) for the Red Sox earlier this season. … Red Sox RF Shane Victorino did not play because of a sore left hamstring. Victorino left Saturday’s game in the ninth inning after complaining that his hamstring tightened up. He is day-to-day. … Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a first-inning double. … Angels 1B Mark Trumbo was not in the starting lineup for the second time this season. It was just a day off for Trumbo, who was hitless in his previous nine at-bats, his season average dipping to .247. UT Brad Hawpe made his fifth start of the season (third at first base) in Trumbo’s place. Hawpe went 0-for-3, making him 1-for-17 as a starter this year.

On Saturday night, Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer with one out in the 11th inning, putting the finishing touches on a dramatic Angels comeback and a 9-7 victory.

The Angels were trailing 7-3 in the bottom of the ninth but loaded the bases on a singles by Chris Iannetta and J.B. Shuck and Mike Trout getting hit by a pitch.

Albert Pujols delivered a two-out single to score two runs and Hamilton followed with a run-scoring single to cut the Red Sox lead to 7-6.

Hamilton had gone hitless in his first four at-bats in the game and his error in the eighth inning led to a Red Sox run, so his chance to redeem himself in the ninth came at a good time.

“I was thinking about that play earlier in the game,” he said. “I’m still not sure what happened. I went down to get the ball and I don’t know if I stepped on my glove or what. It was pretty miserable.”

Howie Kendrick followed with a grounder to third that should have ended the game. Instead, Brandon Snyder’s throw toward second baseman Dustin Pedroia sailed into right field, allowing pinch-runner Brad Hawpe to score the tying run.

Snyder scrambled to his left to glove the ball. Then disaster struck.

“I thought I was closer to the base and my first instinct was to think I could underhand it,” Snyder said. “When I looked up, I realized how far I was and Josh was coming down (the line). I didn’t know if I was going to make it, so I just rushed and never got a grip.

“There is not a worse feeling. You play this game so hard and get a lead and it comes down to that. If I had that play 100 more times, I think I’d make it 99.”

The late-inning comeback erased the memories of a bad start for Angels pitcher Jerome Williams. Working on two days’ rest after lasting just 1 2/3 innings in his previous start, Williams was tagged for five runs (four earned) and seven hits in three-plus innings.

Ryan Dempster struggled early for the Red Sox, squandering a two-run lead. He fell behind in the third when Trout hit a home run. Once Dempster got the lead back, he settled down and pitched well enough to win.

“It got a little bit better as I went along,” Dempster said. “They’re a tough lineup and you try to get through it. As the game went on, my slider and split felt a lot better. They helped me out a lot.”

Dempster was replaced by Andrew Miller with one out and a runner at first in the seventh, but Miller hurt his left foot trying to avoid Shuck’s sharp grounder. Miller was replaced by Andrew Bailey, who got Trout to hit into an inning-ending double play.

The Red Sox opened a 2-0 lead when Jacoby Ellsbury scored on an error in the first inning and Brock Holt knocked in Daniel Nava with a sacrifice fly in the second.

The Angels tied it in the second on Kendrick’s solo homer and Iannetta’s RBI single.

Trout hit a solo home run to give the Angels a 3-2 lead in the third, but Williams was unable to hold it.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run double off Williams in the fourth and Jose Iglesias added an RBI single to give the Red Sox a 5-3 lead.

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