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Bridwell validates Halos' hedge in sharp start

Angels chose righty over Sunday counterpart Fister for callup earlier this year
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BOSTON -- Parker Bridwell proved the Angels right on Sunday afternoon.

The 25-year-old right-hander delivered an efficient and effective outing to lead the Angels to a 4-2 win over the Red Sox, securing a series victory at Fenway Park and pushing the Halos (40-39) over .500 for the first time since June 14.

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BOSTON -- Parker Bridwell proved the Angels right on Sunday afternoon.

The 25-year-old right-hander delivered an efficient and effective outing to lead the Angels to a 4-2 win over the Red Sox, securing a series victory at Fenway Park and pushing the Halos (40-39) over .500 for the first time since June 14.

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In his third spot start of the season, Bridwell held the Red Sox to two runs over 6 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits -- including a pair of solo homers to Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. -- while walking none and striking out four. He needed only 75 pitches to complete his outing, lowering his ERA to 2.95 over 21 1/3 innings.

"[Bridwell] threw a lot of strikes," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "... A tough day to get anything going. I think we expanded the strike zone, and to his credit, he threw the ball over the plate."

The Angels are now 4-0 in games in which Bridwell has appeared this season.

"Parker just keeps coming in [and] keeps us in games," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's been great to watch. In some tough places to pitch, he's really throwing the ball well."

Video: LAA@BOS: Scioscia on Bridwell's impressive outing

Bridwell's opponent added an intriguing subplot to Sunday's game. Less than two weeks ago, Bridwell and veteran right-hander Doug Fister were teammates at the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake. When Matt Shoemaker landed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain, Bridwell and Fister were among the options to fill the void in the Angels' rotation.

The Angels chose to call up Bridwell, and Fister later used the opt-out clause in his Minor League contract to request his release. On Friday, the Red Sox claimed Fister off waivers and announced that he would start against the Angels in Sunday's series finale, opposite Bridwell.

Video: LAA@BOS: Fister strikes out six in Red Sox debut

"It's weird," Bridwell said. "It's just baseball. I was in the same clubhouse as him a week and a half ago, and we were talking about pitching and I was asking him certain things he did [in] his game and stuff like that. Next thing we know, we're starting against each other on the big league level."

Still, Bridwell validated the Angels' decision by besting Fister, who allowed three runs over six-plus innings in his season debut. Bridwell admitted that it was satisfying to come out on the winning end of their matchup.

"It's just competition," Bridwell said. "I obviously knew that he could fill a spot if they wanted that. But me being in the spot I am, I'm going to do everything I can to not let that happen. So I just go out there and take care of my business and control what I can control."

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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