David Ortiz belted two homers in the third and eighth innings to power his Boston Red Sox past the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 yesterday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. The initial solo-shot gave the Sox the 2-1 advantage before the pitching stepped up on both sides to produce four consecutive scoreless innings. Ortiz then provided the insurance with a 388 HR to right-center to bring in Kevin Youkilis. Clay Buchholz let up five scattered hits and one run with seven strikeouts in seven innings pitched.
Dan Haren allowed two runs while striking out eight before his debut in Angels uniform came to an abrupt halt when Youkilis lined one back at his right arm. “It’s pretty sore, but I don’t think it hit bone or anything,” he said after the game in front of his new locker. “It was just the meat of my forearm. They said I was lucky, that it looks like I’ll be fine to go next time. It swelled up pretty good, but it’s nothing I’m worried about.”
John Lackey will take the hill against his former club tonight with Josh Beckett set to punch in the following day. Hopefully Boston can make a strong run with players slowly making their way back from the disabled list. Starters Mike Cameron, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia are expected to return to the lineup within the next few days. The Sox will be back at Fenway next week for a string of ballgames scheduled against the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. Purchase your Boston Red Sox tickets right here at Ace!