BOSTON -- The Angels pieced together enough offense against David Price and rode a strong pitching performance by JC Ramirez to a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox on Saturday night at Fenway Park.Ramirez, who produced the shortest start of his career (three innings) last time out, had a nice
BOSTON -- The Angels pieced together enough offense against David Price and rode a strong pitching performance by JC Ramirez to a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox on Saturday night at Fenway Park.
Ramirez, who produced the shortest start of his career (three innings) last time out, had a nice bounceback in this one, holding Boston to four hits and a run while walking none and striking out five.
"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."
Making his sixth start after opening the season on the disabled list, Price gave up six hits and three runs (two earned) over six innings, walked one and struck out five. The lefty threw 103 pitches, 64 of them for strikes.
As he walked back through the tunnel to the clubhouse after finishing the sixth inning, Price seemed to motion to pitching coach Carl Willis to come talk to him. It was unclear what the issue was, though Price hinted after the game there could have been a nagging injury that had nothing to do with the left elbow strain that put him on the DL.
Price suggested that he might have come back for another inning under normal circumstances.
"There's a lot of stuff going on right now. You don't want it to linger into the next start or two to three weeks from now, that's why we did what we did," Price said. "You never want to come out of a game.
"You have to look forward at the time. We don't want today to cost you the next start, or the start after that. So that's what happened. It has nothing to do with my elbow or anything like that. You get past one thing and there's another, that's what it is."
The Angels took the lead for good in the fourth on an RBI double by Eric Young They added two insurance runs in the seventh to open up a four-run lead, with the second run coming on a controversial balk by Red Sox reliever Fernando Abad that led to the ejection of Boston manager John Farrell.
Down 6-1 entering the ninth, the Red Sox tried to stage a furious rally, scoring two runs and then sending the potential winning run to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. But pinch-hitter Chris Young struck out to end the game.
"We continued to fight right to the end until the last pitch thrown," Farrell said. "There were some quality at-bats, a couple of walks, a couple of doubles mixed in. We forced them to make a couple of pitching changes in the final inning, and we're standing there with the go-ahead run at the plate."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Abad balks, Farrell ejected: Frustration boiled over for Farrell and the Red Sox in the top of the seventh, when Cameron Maybin scored on a balk by Abad to push the Angels' lead to 5-1. Farrell became incensed during an argument with crew chief Bill Miller and was ejected for the first time this season. Abad appeared to balk because he saw the batter, Kole Calhoun, asking for time. But time hadn't yet been granted, so home plate umpire Ryan Blakney enforced the balk.
"I'm not sure why the batter was stepping out. The batter does not call time," Miller told a pool reporter. "The umpire calls time. I don't think that has anything to do with the pitcher starting and stopping his motion -- and that's what we had on the field."
Bogaerts' error leads to unearned run: With the game tied at 1 in the top of the fourth inning, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts helped create a rally for the Angels with a throwing error on a grounder hit by Danny Espinosa. If Bogaerts had made the play, it would have been two outs and nobody on base. Espinosa wound up stealing second and scored on a two-out double to right by Young.
"That's what I think relievers live for, is that moment."
-- Angels reliever Richard Parker, on striking out Young with the bases loaded in the ninth
Angels: Rookie right-hander Parker Bridwell (1-0, 3.07 ERA) will take the mound as the Angels and Red Sox close out their three-game series on Sunday at 10:35 a.m. PT at Fenway Park. Bridwell will make his first career appearance against the Red Sox.
Red Sox: Right-hander Doug Fister will make his debut for the Red Sox on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET. As a visitor, Fister is 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts at Fenway. This is his first appearance in the Major Leagues in 2017. The Red Sox claimed him off waivers from the Angels on Friday.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.
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