Valbuena's solo homer lifts Angels to 3-2 win over Red Sox


The Angels added two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, building a 7-3 lead and easing Ramirez's burden. He has only played one in every five of those games this season and it is awesome how much of an impact a player can have on a team while only playing in a fifth of all the games. Pujols doubled to score Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout to start the four-run outburst.

Of course you do not expect a starting pitcher to have an fantastic start each time, but there is an expectation for them to keep the team in the ball game and put their teammates in a good position to win when the other nine guys swing the bat. "I stuck with my fastball, which I got over and it was a different game".

Angels: RHP Jesse Chavez (5-10, 4.88) has gone seven straight starts without recording a win and will try to end that futility when the Angels open a three-game series at the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.

The Red Sox dropped five runs on the Angels in the first inning Friday and had a 3-0 lead after two innings Saturday. "We have a long way to go - a long way to go".

"They got outs and gave us a chance to get back in the game", Scioscia said.

Porcello allowed a solo homer to Andrelton Simmons in the fourth inning as the Angels took an early lead, but Deven Marrero punched across the Red Sox first run in the fourth inning, hitting a two-out blooper to right that tied the game at 1-1. Hanley Ramirez had an RBI single to start the scoring, and the Red Sox got two runs in the second after the Angels' franchise-record streak of 14 games without an error ended when Ramirez couldn't make the catch to complete a double play while covering first. Ramirez retired the next batter on a groundout, but then gave up an RBI double to Mookie Betts.

However, the Angels were able to respond after dropping the series opener. Simmons made a sliding backhand grab on Brock Holt's ground ball to short but couldn't get the throw off, putting two runners on.

Price (5-3) gave up five earned runs and seven hits in five innings, allowing more than three earned runs for only the second time this year.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Price's effort was an anomaly. "Obviously, the third inning, two big swings were the difference". The Angels scored four runs in the third and two in the fifth to chase Price from the game after the inning.

"Certainly after the workload of the last week, that was pretty much called for", Farrell said. Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriquez will return to the Red Sox's rotation next week after coming off the disabled list with a right knee injury that sidelined him for five weeks. It was only the second time this season he allowed more than three runs in a game.

Sale, who is 12-4 with a 2.48 ERA, was asked if this is the best season of his career.

Rick Porcello (4-13) allowed three runs in eight innings, his 18th consecutive start where he threw at least 6 innings.