BOSTON -- It wasn't the offensive barrage that many were expecting, but the Angels escaped Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon with a series win, propelling themselves back over .500.A three-run rally in the second inning was all Anaheim needed to secure a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox, pushing its
BOSTON -- It wasn't the offensive barrage that many were expecting, but the Angels escaped Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon with a series win, propelling themselves back over .500.
A three-run rally in the second inning was all Anaheim needed to secure a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox, pushing its record to 40-39. The Halos received a boost from outfielder Ben Revere, who contributed a season-high three hits, and from newly promoted infielder Kaleb Cowart, who crushed an RBI double off the Green Monster in his first Major League at-bat of the year and later drove in a key insurance run with a broken-bat single off Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth.
Cowart, who took a red-eye flight from Las Vegas on Saturday night and landed in Boston at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday, estimated that he played on about three hours' sleep.
"I was just trying to make it through it, to be honest," Cowart said. "I was a little tired, but excited. I'm glad I can contribute on Day 1."
The Angels' early lead was preserved by Parker Bridwell, who made his third spot start of the season. The right-hander earned the win and a quality start after allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings.
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"[Bridwell] threw a lot of strikes," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We had some pitches to hit and were aggressive early in the count and nothing fell for us. 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. We took some passes early in the count and allowed him to be efficient. We kind of scuffled to get some stuff going today."
Red Sox starter Doug Fister, who was placed on waivers by the Angels on Friday and picked up by Boston, made a statement in his first crack at his old team. He gave up seven hits and three runs over six innings, while striking out six and walking three in his 2017 MLB debut.
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"Quality outing," Farrell said. "He's a bang-bang play away from a scoreless outing. I thought he held his stuff really well throughout the entire time that he was on the mound. Good life to his fastball, good sink … threw a number of good cutters. I thought he pitched in to both lefties and righties effectively."
For the second straight game, Mitch Moreland proved that Fenway Park is his favorite ballpark to hit in. In the second inning, the first baseman crushed a Statcast-projected 415-foot home run into right field, his second in as many days, to bring the score to 3-1. Moreland has reached base safely at home in 15 straight games, compiling four home runs in that time.
Veteran right-hander Yusmeiro Petit recorded the final six outs of the game to convert a two-inning save for the Angels.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Don't head to the dugout just yet: In the top of the second inning, Fister thought he got out of a jam without allowing a run. Runners were at the corners with one out, but the righty forced Danny Espinosa to ground into a 3-6-3 double play to end the inning. Angels manager Mike Scioscia challenged the call, saying that Espinosa was reached first safely. After review, Espinosa was ruled safe and the inning continued. The Angels followed up the momentum with two more hits, and they found themselves up 3-0 just minutes after they thought their opportunity was spoiled.
"It looked like he beat the play," Scioscia said. "On replay, he definitely beat the play. And we got some big two-outs hits after that to tack it on."
"It was a bang-bang play, so it's always there." Fister said. "The replay has become a big part of the game and they turned it and it was the right call to make. Coming back from that, I've got to make sure I make a better pitch and make sure our boys get back in the dugout."
Parker's K holds lead intact: With Sam Travis coming on to pinch-hit in the seventh inning with the tying run on first base, the Angels chose to bring in reliever Richard Parker. Parker tested Travis with three straight low-90's fastballs to start the at-bat and bring the count to 1-2. With the fifth pitch, Parker caught the pinch-hitter with a 83.9-mph splitter to end the inning and the comeback effort.
"It [was] definitely a little surreal yesterday coming in and being on this side of the ballpark. It's definitely a great feeling and being a part of this clubhouse is something special." -- Fister, on his first home game at Fenway Park
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With two solo home runs in the loss, the last 26 Red Sox home runs have either been one or two-run blasts.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
In the top of the ninth inning, Espinosa hit a line drive down the right-field line that missed Pesky's Pole by just a few feet to the right. Scioscia challenged the foul call, which would have resulted in a two-run home run, but after a 49 second review, the call was confirmed as a foul ball.
Angels: The Angels will head back to Southern California to open the Freeway Series with the Dodgers on Monday night at 7:10 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium. Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (2-9, 5.23 ERA), a former Dodger, will start the opener for the Angels.
Red Sox: The Red Sox start a four-game series against the Twins at Fenway Park on Monday. Left-handed ace Chris Sale, who leads the Majors with 146 strikeouts, will take the mound for Boston. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.
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Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Red Sox on Sunday.
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.