By Pete Zarustica
The Los Angeles Angels are making a tour of the best teams in the American League East, and are doing just fine. After taking two of three from the Yankees in New York, they’ve split the first two games in Boston after beating the Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday.
J.C. Ramirez (7-5) pitched well, giving up just one run in six innings of work. He struck out five and walked just one batter.
“It gave me my confidence back,” Ramirez said. “The last outing was kind of tough for me. You’ve got a lot of thoughts after those outings. You start thinking a lot. I just came here today trying to simplify everything, and that worked.”
The Angels jumped out to a 6-1 lead before a late Bosox rally gave them some nervous moments, but reliever Blake Parker got a strikeout in the bottom of the ninth to end the threat.
Showing a balanced offense, the Halos scored once in the first, fourth, sixth and ninth innings, along with two in the seventh. Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols continued their hot hitting, with two hits each. Five different players contributed RBIs for the Orange County team.
The win again evened the Angels record, this time at 39-39, which keeps them in a third place tie in the American League West with the Texas Rangers (37-37). The AL West is tightly-clustered after the first place Astros, with three teams – the Seattle Mariners, Rangers and Angels – all gathered in a bunch.
Boston’s loss deprive it off a chance to leapfrog the Yankees, whom they trail to two-tenths of a percentage point (.556 to .554).
The series at Fenway Park concludes Sunday with Parker Bridewell (1-0) making the start for the Angels, opposing Doug Fisher (2-2) with the Red Sox.