LA Angels top Boston Red Sox late in tactical battle

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For the second straight night the Los Angeles Angels scored four runs at Fenway Park and were able to walk away winners. The Angels scratched one run across in the top of the ninth inning against Koji Uehara to beat Boston by a score of 4-3. 

The win pushes the Angels' record to 24 games over .500 and ensures they will remain in first place with Oakland just beginning play by the time Boston and Los Angeles were done on the East Coast. The Angels have now won six of their last seven games. 

Jered Weaver made his 27th start of the season, but did not have his best outing. Weaver, who typically thrives by painting the corners of the plate with hard-to-hit strikes, did not receive the benefit of many borderline pitches.

He disagreed with home plate umpire Tom Woodring on more than one occasion, but he hung in to keep his team in the game. Weaver gave up just three runs in a short outing that lasted just 5.1 innings. He walked four Red Sox batters and struck out just one. Coming into the game, Weaver had struck out exactly 2.5 times as many batters as he had walked. 

For as little help as he got from the man calling balls and strikes, Weaver got a huge lift from his right fielder Kole Calhoun in the second inning. With two men on and Boston already with a 1-0 lead, Brock Holt sent a deep fly ball to straight-away right field. Calhoun made a good break on the fly and jumped up to rob Holt of what would have been his fourth long ball.

Calhoun's momentum nearly took him over the short fence in right and into the bullpen. The play was similar to when Torii Hunter came up short of David Ortiz's iconic grand slam in last year's ALCS. But the Angels' right fielder squeezed the catch for the third out. 

After the great play, LA responded with some offense of its own immediately in the third. Calhoun, Trout and Pujols, 1-2-3 in the lineup, each recorded an RBI. Trout's RBI triple was his sixth of the season. 

Suddenly trailing, Boston didn't push anything across until the fifth when Mike Napoli produced an RBI ground out. Brock Holt added another productive out in the next inning when he tied the game with a sac fly. 

But the Angels came up with the clutch score at the end. In an unlikely scenario, LA's 8 and 9 hitters produced consecutive doubles against Boston's ace out of the bullpen, Uehara. Brennan Bosch scored on Chris Ianetta's two-bagger to score the fourth run of the game. That gave Huston Street his lead, which he protected in the ninth.

Street intentionally walked David Ortiz with two outs and the tying-run on second before striking out Mike Napoli. Street K'ed two in the inning and earned his 10th save as an Angel. His latest conversion gives him 34 between the AL and NL.

These two teams will play another pair of games to round out a four-game series with play resuming tomorrow. 

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