Weaver, Angels shut down Red SoxBy JOE HAAKENSON
The Sports Xchange
July 07. 2013 11:19PM
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jered Weaver outpitched his friend and former teammate John Lackey, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night at Angel Stadium.
The Angels earned two victories in the three-game series against the Red Sox, who are just getting started on a 10-game West Coast road trip.
Weaver threw 6-2/3 innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out six.
Lackey, Weaver’s former mentor with the Angels and the winning pitcher of Game 7 in the Angels’ 2002 World Series championship, pitched well in defeat. He went seven innings, struck out nine and gave up just five hits. Trouble was, two of those hits left the ballpark and were the difference in the game.
Mike Trout homered in the first inning, going the other way and hitting the ball over the fence in right-center field for a 1-0 lead. Hank Conger homered with two outs in the fifth inning for the Angels’ other run off Lackey.
The Angels scored their third run in the eighth when Erick Aybar tripled and scored on Mark Trumbo’s sacrifice fly off reliever Junichi Tazawa.
After escaping a first-inning jam, Weaver settled in. He didn’t allow a hit between Ryan Lavarnway’s one-out, infield single in the second inning and Mike Napoli’s leadoff single in the seventh.
When Brock Holt singled with two outs in the seventh, moving Napoli to second base, Weaver had made a season-high 114 pitches and was replaced by Dane De La Rosa, who quickly ended the threat by retiring Jose Iglesias on a fly to right.
Scott Downs pitched a scoreless eighth, and Ernesto Frieri closed it out in the ninth for his 22nd save.
NOTES: Red Sox LHP Andrew Miller was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Miller hurt his left foot when running to back up home plate after giving up a single in Saturday’s game. Initial X-rays on the foot were negative, but Miller will return to Boston for further evaluation. RHP Alfredo Aceves was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Miller on the roster. Aceves was 4-1 with a 5.05 ERA in nine games (six starts) for the Red Sox earlier this season. ... Red Sox RF Shane Victorino did not play because of a sore left hamstring. Victorino left Saturday’s game in the ninth inning after complaining that his hamstring tightened up. He is day-to-day. ... Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a first-inning double.
... Trumbo was not in the starting lineup for the second time this season. It was just a day off for Trumbo, who was hitless in his previous nine at-bats, his season average dipping to .247. Brad Hawpe made his fifth start of the season (third at first base) in Trumbo’s place. Hawpe went 0-for-3, making him 1-for-17 as a starter this year.