Rally ’round the Halo with a 7-3 win

ANDRELTON SIMMONS hit what proved to be the winning home run as the Angels beat the Red Sox on Saturday.

The Los Angeles/Anaheim/California Angels used to be known for their stirring come-from-behind victories, but not so much this season. However, on Saturday the Halos woke the echoes a bit in overcoming a 3-0 early deficit and going on to post a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox at the Big A.

A four-run third inning put the home team in the lead and another three runs were tacked on in the fifth and six innings in support of a solid, if unspectacular outing by starter J.C. Ramirez (9-8). He pitched six innings, giving up three runs – only one of them earned – and striking out six while walking three.

The Angels had nine hits, including a two-run homer by Andrelton Simmons (his 10th of the season). He ended up with three RBIs on the night. Also hitting well were Albert Pujols (three hits, including a double, and two RBIs) and Ben Revere (two singles and a run scored).

“When we got a pitch to hit, we hit it hard,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Extra-base hits tonight showed up. We set the table, got the lead, and from then on, JC held it and our three guys in the ‘pen held it, so it was a good job.”

Despite the win, the Angels (48-51) fell into a tie for third with the Texas Rangers, as each has a .485 winning percentage.

The series finale is Sunday, with Parker Bridwell (3-1) making the start for the Orange County team.

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