Webster, Cespedes spark Red Sox past Angels

Posted Aug. 09, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
Boston's Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by teammate Mike Napoli after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Friday night. The Red Sox won 4-2.
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Boston's Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by teammate Mike Napoli after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Friday night. The Red Sox won 4-2.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Allen Webster pitched a career-best 6 2/3 innings, holding the potent Los Angeles Angels offense to two runs and four hits and leading the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 win Friday night at Angel Stadium.

Webster (2-1) spent most of this season at Triple-A Pawtucket but held the Angels scoreless except for a third-inning glitch when he gave up both runs.

Red Sox left fielder Yoenis Cespedes found a way to help his former Oakland teammates with a key hit, a two-out, two-run double in the third inning off Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.

And for good measure, ex-Angel Mike Napoli homered off Weaver (12-7).

Webster was making just his third major league start of the season. The last one wasn’t so good — he lasted just 2 2/3 innings in a loss to the New York Yankees.

But Webster might have taken a cue from his former teammates in the Dodgers’ organization. The Dodgers just left town after shutting out the Angels on Thursday.

Webster was a Dodgers draft choice and part of the trade with the Red Sox that send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to Los Angeles.

Webster got help from the bullpen. Tommy Layne, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara (24th save) shut out the Angels for the final 2 1/3 innings.

Weaver had not lost in his previous nine starts, going 5-0 with four no-decisions since his last loss on June 16. But he gave up four runs, seven hits and two walks in six innings, and it was enough to beat him.

Red Sox right fielder Brock Holt and second baseman Dustin Pedroia each had two hits, and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made a spectacular catch in the ninth inning to rob Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick of extra bases.

With the loss, the Angels fell four games behind Oakland in the American League West. Their four-game losing streak matches their longest of the season.

The Red Sox took a 3-0 lead in the third inning against Weaver, getting an RBI single from Pedroia and a two-run double from Cespedes.

The Angels responded with two runs in their half of the third against Webster. After designated hitter Efren Navarro walked, Chris Iannetta lined the ball into the left-field corner for a double.

Navarro slowed down at third but when the ball scooted past Cespedes for an error, Navarro scored. Center fielder Mike Trout drove in the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

First baseman Mike Napoli increased Boston’s lead to 4-2 with a solo homer in the fifth inning.

NOTES: Going into the game, LF Josh Hamilton still had not hit a home run at Angel Stadium this season, covering 33 games and 136 plate appearances. He also played the final 35 home games last year without a homer, meaning his home homerless streak was 68 games, dating to Aug. 18, 2013. … Red Sox DH David Ortiz entered the day needing one home run for 400 in a Red Sox uniform. Two other Red Sox players have hit at least 400 home runs for the club — Ted Williams (521) and Carl Yastrzemski (452). … The Red Sox are the only team in the majors without a loss after leading going into the ninth inning (38-0).

 

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