With their second straight win over the Red Sox in Boston on Sunday, the Los Angeles Angels made some strides in filling in the hole dug by an eight-game losing streak.
The Halos scored the winning run in the top of the 10th inning at Fenway Park to defeat the Bosox 5-4 and put a successful spin on the conclusion of a painful road trip.
On Monday, the Angels (58-61) will be back in Anaheim to start a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates (48-69).
Against the Bosox on Sunday, the Angels built an early 3-0 lead but were unable to hang on to it. They trailed 4-3 until Kole Calhoun’s eighth inning home run – his 26th four-bagger of the season – tied it up.
In the 10th, Calhoun drew a walk and advanced to second on a ground out, then to third on a fly ball. He came home with what proved to be the winning run on a single by Anthony Bemboom, who was just up from the minors.
He not only got the same-winning hit, but as catcher he threw out Mookie Betts trying to steal second.
“That new guy is a pretty good player,” said Calhoun.
Each team had eight hits and the Orange County team was led by Shohei Ohtani with three hits and two RBIs. His second inning single drove in two runs, giving the Angels that early 3-0 advantage.
Starter Patrick Sandoval had a rough start, giving up six hits and four runs in 4.2 innings. He struck out four but walked four and gave up a home run.
Hansel Robles (4-0) got the win in relief, working 1.1 innings. He yielded one hit and struck out two batters.