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Cespedes, De La Rosa lift Red Sox past Angels

The Sports Xchange

August 10. 2014 8:29PM
Boston's Yoenis Cespedes (middle) celebrates with third baseman Brock Holt (left) after hitting a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the 8th inning of Sunday's game. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning, helping the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday at Angel Stadium.

Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa (4-4) earned his first road win of the season. De La Rosa allowed one run, three walks and five hits in seven-plus innings. He hit a batter and struck out eight while throwing 110 pitches.

Mike Trout hit his 27th home run of the season, matching his season total from last year, in the bottom of the eighth off Edward Mujica.

Los Angeles brought the potential tying run to the plate in the ninth when Navarro singled with one out. However, Boston closer Koji Uehara struck out Chris Iannetta and pinch hitter Josh Hamilton to earn his 25th save.

Brock Holt began Boston's rally by hitting a ground ball that Angels first baseman Efren Navarro misplayed for an error. After Dustin Pedroia singled, Cespedes pounded an 81 mph pitch from right-hander Joe Smith (4-1) into Boston’s left field bullpen.

Cespedes, the left fielder acquired at the July 31 trade deadline from the Oakland Athletics for left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes, hit his 18th homer of the season and his first as a member of the Red Sox.

That blast ended Smith's streak of 23 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings covering 23 appearances. Smith struck out the side but allowed two hits and three runs (two earned).

Angels left-hander Hector Santiago retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced, conceding only a walk to designated hitter Mike Napoli. Meanwhile, Los Angeles had three early chances against De La Rosa to break a scoreless tie.

In the first, the Angels loaded the bases with one out, but De La Rosa induced second baseman Howie Kendrick to hit into a double play. In the third, the hosts put runners at first and second with one out before designated hitter Albert Pujols flied out and shortstop Erick Aybar struck out.

In the fourth, the Angels tried to exploit a mental error. Third baseman David Freese was at the plate when Kendrick took off from first base on a 3-2 pitch. Freese walked on the pitch but Red Sox catcher Dan Butler threw the ball into center field, allowing Kendrick to move to third with no outs.

However, De La Rosa got Navarro to fly out, then struck out Iannetta before inducing a pop out from left fielder Collin Cowgill to defuse the threat.

Santiago pitched six shutout innings, scattering two hits and three walks (one intentional) while striking out five.

Napoli was ejected in the eighth inning by plate umpire C.B. Bucknor for arguing balls and strikes.NOTES: Boston recalled LHP Edwin Escobar from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned RHP Heath Hembree to Pawtucket.

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