June 24, 2018
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Buchholz helps Red Sox earn twinbill split with Angels

By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN

BOSTON — After losing a Saturday afternoon game to the Angels, the Boston Red Sox bounced back to win the nightcap 7-2 at Fenway Park.

Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz maintained his perfect record, improving to 9-0. He went 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs, six hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson, took the loss, falling to 4-5. He went five innings, giving up four runs (three earned), eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

The Red Sox scored two runs in the first inning when Shane Victorino led off with a single that was followed by consecutive doubles from Jonny Gomes and Dustin Pedroia.

Boston added a run in the second as Gomes singled with two outs, went to second on a walk to Pedroia and scored on David Ortiz’s double.

The Red Sox scored another run in the sixth when Mike Napoli singled and took second on third baseman Alberto Callaspo’s throwing error before scoring on David Ross’ two-out single.

The Angels got a run in the third when Hank Conger led off with a double and scored on Mike Trout’s one-out single. They added a run in the sixth when Josh Hamilton led off with a double, went to third on Albert Pujols’ groundout and scored on Mark Trumbo’s sacrifice fly.

Boston got to Angels reliever Jerome Williams for three runs in the sixth, including a two-run homer by Ortiz.

The Angels won the first game of the doubleheader 9-5. Trout went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and one RBI.

Leading by a run going into the seventh inning, the Angels scored four runs off Boston reliever Franklin Morales to break the game open.

Right-hander Tommy Hanson picked up the win, improving to 3-2 with a 4.12 ERA. He went five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts, a home run and a wild pitch.

After the Red Sox scored three runs in the ninth off Garrett Richards, Ernesto Frieri entered and struck the only batter he faced to earn his 14th save.

Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront was charged with the loss, falling to 4-3 with a 4.84 ERA. He went six innings, giving up three runs, six hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

NOTES: Angels outfielder Brad Hawpe was called up Saturday. After Tommy John surgery, it is his first time back in the major leagues since June 18, 2011, with the Padres. He hit .305 with six home runs and 28 RBIs with Triple-A Salt Lake. … Hamilton was moved from fifth to the second spot in the Angels’ batting order in an attempt to improve his offense. Hamilton entered Saturday hitting .216 with eight home runs, 18 RBIs and 62 strikeouts. … CF Peter Bourjos, on the DL since April 30 with a left hamstring strain, is expected to be activated Monday. … Victorino, who has been on the DL since May 21 with a left hamstring strain and back ailments, was activated for the second game of the doubleheader. Victorino played one rehab game, going 2-for-4 with a home run and a strikeout on Thursday for Triple-A Pawtucket. OF Jackie Bradley was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket. … 3B Will Middlebrooks, on the DL since May 24 with a lower back strain, continued his rehab with Pawtucket at Syracuse on Saturday night. In three rehab games so far. Middlebrooks has gone 4-for-9 with two home runs, six RBI, two walks and two strikeouts.


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