Red Sox earn split in doubleheader with Angels
BOSTON – David Ortiz rebounded from a rough first game with a long two-run homer and drove in three runs to help Clay Buchholz improve to 9-0, earning the Boston Red Sox a split of a day-night doubleheader with a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels last night.
The victory snapped Boston’s nine-game losing streak against Los Angeles.
Earlier in the day, Mark Trumbo and Erick Aybar each drove in two runs and the Angels posted their team-record sixth straight win at Fenway Park, beating the Red Sox, 9-5. Ortiz went 0-for-5, struck out twice and stranded six runners in the loss.
In the nightcap, Buchholz gave up two runs on six hits, striking out four and walking one over 6 2∕3 innings to match Arizona’s Patrick Corbin (9-0) as the majors’ only unbeaten pitcher with at least nine wins, but he left in the seventh with what the team called “neck tightness.”
He missed a start last month with an irritation in his collarbone area.
It was quite a fielding night for Boston’s ace.
Howie Kendrick hit a hard grounder off Buchholz’s glove in the sixth. It bounced behind the mound and he dropped his glove and raced toward the ball, but Kendrick beat it out.
Buchholz had another adventure fielding a grounder. In the fourth, Alberto Callaspo hit a high chop toward first, the pitcher got under it, but misplayed it before grabbing it and, while lying on the ground, reached to tag Callaspo before he reached the bag.
In the afternoon game, Mike Trout had a pair of doubles high off the Green Monster and collected three hits for the Angels.
The Angels went 6-0 overall against the Red Sox last season. Los Angeles won its ninth consecutive game against Boston in the clubs’ first meeting this year.
The game was a makeup from Friday night’s rainout.
Mike Carp had a solo homer, three hits and drove in two runs for Boston. Daniel Nava added three hits.
The Angels broke it open when reliever Franklin Morales walked three straight batters and allowed four runs in the seventh inning, making it 7-2.