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Simmons, Pujols power Halos past Price, Sox

July 22, 2017

ANAHEIM -- Andrelton Simmons crushed a go-ahead home run and drove in three runs and Jose Pujols added a pair of RBIs to fuel the Angels' 7-3 comeback win over the Red Sox on Saturday night, evening their three-game series at Angel Stadium.The Red Sox tagged Angels right-hander JC Ramirez

ANAHEIM -- Andrelton Simmons crushed a go-ahead home run and drove in three runs and Jose Pujols added a pair of RBIs to fuel the Angels' 7-3 comeback win over the Red Sox on Saturday night, evening their three-game series at Angel Stadium.
The Red Sox tagged Angels right-hander JC Ramirez for three runs in the first two innings, but the Halos rallied to score seven unanswered runs, clinching their 27th come-from-behind win of the season.
"When we got a pitch to hit, we hit it hard," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Extra-base hits tonight showed up. We set the table, got the lead, and from then on, JC held it and our three guys in the 'pen held it, so it was a good job."

Left-hander David Price could not protect Boston's early lead, surrendering six runs (five earned) on seven hits while walking three and striking out five over five innings. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts committed two errors, including a poor feed to Dustin Pedroia in the fifth that allowed Simmons to score and gave the Angels a 6-3 lead.
"I just rushed it," Bogaerts of the misplay. "I tried to rush it, both plays were a little overaggressive. Both plays came from rushing and I tried to make something happen and if I would have been patient it wouldn't happen. But you learn."
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Red Sox manager John Farrell was tossed by home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi after arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning. It marked Farrell's second ejection of the season, and both have come against the Angels.
"Any time you make a comment about balls and strikes, that's probably where it's going to get you out [of the game]," said Farrell. "I thought there were some called strike threes that were certainly not in our favor and obviously we had a difference of opinion."

Ramirez overcame the shaky beginning to his outing to deliver six solid innings for the Angels, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Ramirez yielded an RBI single to Hanley Ramirez in the first and then couldn't catch a throw that would have completed a double play in the second. The Red Sox capitalized on Ramirez's miscue by scoring a pair of unearned runs, but the 28-year-old right-hander didn't allow any more damage after that.

Richard Parker, David Hernandez and Bud Norris combined to pitch three scoreless innings in relief of Ramirez to seal the Halos' win.
Simmons' go-ahead blast: Simmons' 10th home run of the season highlighted the Angels' four-run third, which erased a three-run deficit and gave the club its first lead of the night. Pujols, who finished 3-for-4, put the Halos on the board with a two-run double, and Simmons followed by pulling a first-pitch cutter from Price over the left-field fence, giving the Angels a 4-3 lead. Simmons' homer had an exit velocity of 104 mph and traveled an projected 374 feet, according to Statcast™.
"We were having a good inning, and we wanted to keep the momentum going," Simmons said. "I was looking for something up in the zone. It kind of came down, but still got a pretty decent pitch, and put a good swing on it. Thought it was going to be a double, but it kept carrying."

Trout's running catch: After an uneven start, Ramirez settled in and retired 12 consecutive batters before Bogaerts doubled with two outs in the sixth. Mitch Moreland then walked to put a pair of runners on for Christian Vazquez. Vazquez hit a flare into the gap in right-center field, but Trout ran the ball down to end the inning, preserving the Halos' 6-3 lead.
"It was huge for me," JC Ramirez said. "Like you guys could see, I was getting tired that inning, and it was huge. I say every time, I've got the best guys in the league on defense."

Mookie Betts has started 95 straight games for the Red Sox, marking the longest streak by a Boston position player since Mo Vaughn, who started 153 straight between 1997-98.
Pujols scored his 1,700th career run on Simmons' home run in the third, becoming only the 26th player to reach the mark.
Red Sox: Sinkerballer Rick Porcello (4-12, 4.60 ERA) will try to put together his fourth straight quality start when he gets the ball in the finale of this four-game series. The one thing Porcello has lacked all season is run support. His 3.45 run-support average is easily the lowest of any of Boston's starting pitchers this season. First pitch is scheduled for 3:37 p.m. ET.
Angels: Rookie right-hander Parker Bridwell (3-1, 3.18 ERA) will take the mound for the Angels in Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox at 12:37 p.m. PT at Angel Stadium. Bridwell faced Boston at Fenway Park on June 25 and earned the win after allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings.
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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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