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Shoemaker, bullpen combine to one-hit Red Sox as Angels complete sweep

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks drops his bat as he starts to dash down the first base line on a double that broke up a no-hitter by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks drops his bat as he starts to dash down the first base line on a double that broke up a no-hitter by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker (52) gets a pat on the back from catcher Chris Iannetta, left, as he is taken out of a baseball game after allowing one hit during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker (52) gets a pat on the back from catcher Chris Iannetta, left, as he is taken out of a baseball game after allowing one hit during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker (52) gets a standing ovation from Angels fans as he is taken out of a baseball game after allowing one hit during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker (52) gets a standing ovation from Angels fans as he is taken out of a baseball game after allowing one hit during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Los Angeles Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill (7) chases down a double by Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks, which broke up a no-hitter by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker, during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Los Angeles Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill (7) chases down a double by Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks, which broke up a no-hitter by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker, during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava, left, flips his bat after striking out to end the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The Angels defeated the Red Sox 2-0. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava, left, flips his bat after striking out to end the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The Angels defeated the Red Sox 2-0. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks drops his bat as he starts to dash down the first base line on a double that broke up a no-hitter by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks drops his bat as he starts to dash down the first base line on a double that broke up a no-hitter by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks drops his bat as he starts to dash down the first base line on a double that broke up a no-hitter by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker (52) gets a pat on the back from catcher Chris Iannetta, left, as he is taken out of a baseball game after allowing one hit during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker (52) gets a standing ovation from Angels fans as he is taken out of a baseball game after allowing one hit during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Los Angeles Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill (7) chases down a double by Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks, which broke up a no-hitter by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker, during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava, left, flips his bat after striking out to end the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The Angels defeated the Red Sox 2-0. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks drops his bat as he starts to dash down the first base line on a double that broke up a no-hitter by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON – Hours after a devastating blow to the Los Angeles rotation, the Angels were reassured and relieved by rookie starter Matt Shoemaker.

Shoemaker threw 6.2 inning of no-hit ball and the Angels held on for a 2-0 victory against the Boston Red Sox on last night, completing a four-game sweep and taking a two-game lead in the AL West.

“I didn’t even really know or think about it until about the fifth or sixth,” Shoemaker said. “It was just one of those things – work and focus on pitches, who’s coming up and then you realize where they are in the order.”

The only hit Shoemaker (12-4) allowed was a double to Will Middlebrooks with two outs in the seventh. It was the only hit Boston got all night and welcome timing for the Angels, whose bullpen was weary with a cross-country flight ahead and huge series opening at Oakland tonight.

The Angels were also dealing with confirmation that Garrett Richards (13-4) is out for the season with a knee injury that occurred Wednesday while covering first on a potential double play.

“I think it’s really uplifting. I think it’s important. There’s going to be a lot of attention on our rotation obviously with Garrett not going to be part of it,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “You can’t say enough about what Matty did tonight.”

Shoemaker struck out nine before a two-out walk to Mookie Betts in the eighth ended his night. It was the only walk for Shoemaker, who struck out nine. Jason Grilli pitched the ninth for his 12th save of the season and first with the Angels since coming to Los Angeles in a deal with Pittsburgh on June 27.

The Angels have won four straight and eight of nine, taking a two-game lead over the A’s into this weekend’s series at Oakland.

Josh Hamilton hit an RBI double in the first and Kole Calhoun hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh for Los Angeles’s only other run. It was all the offense the Angels needed.

Rubby De La Rosa (4-5) pitched 6.2 innings, allowing two runs eight hits and getting himself out of a couple of jams as he tied his career high with eight strikeouts. Boston was able to cut off potential rallies for the Angels in the first and seventh, holding them to run in each and staying within reach throughout Shoemaker’s no-hit bid.

“We couldn’t get anything going against him. He’s been very consistent for them,” Boston Manager John Farrell said.

Cruising

After hitting Boston leadoff batter Brock Holt, Shoemaker retired 20 straight before facing Middlebrooks with two outs in the seventh.

Cespedes departs early

Red Sox left fielder Yoenis Cespedes left the game after three innings for an undisclosed personal reason. Farrell said after the game that it was a family emergency, but could not elaborate. Boston activated Allen Craig (sprained left foot) from the 15-day disabled list and started him at first base last night.

Up next

Red Sox: RHP Joe Kelly (0-1, 5.2 9) tries again in his second start at Fenway Park as a member of the Red Sox when they open a weekend series against Seattle. Kelly was tagged for seven run on seven hits in four innings Sunday in a loss to the Houston Astros.

Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.46 ERA) gets the start in the AL West showdown as the Angels open a weekend series at second-place Oakland.

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