Boston (49-39) at Los Angeles (48-41)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Sat Jul 17, 2004
  • TV: NESN, FSW
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If the Anaheim Angels are to get into the postseason, Bartolo Colon will have to consistently produce like he did in his last start.

Suffering through a miserable season, Colon will try for his second straight solid outing when the Angels continue their four-game series with the visiting Boston Red Sox.

Signed to a four-year, $51 million free-agent contract in the offseason, Colon has done little to earn his money, allowing at least five earned runs seven times in his first 18 starts. His ERA is well over two runs more than his career average, and he’s given up 27 home runs in 104 1-3 innings, for an average of 2.33 per nine innings.

However, the hard-throwing right-hander stepped up on July 9, allowing three earned runs and five hits over seven innings in a 5-4 win over reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays.

“I need a lot of work,” Colon said after the victory. “I admit it. I’m going to spend the break working out so I can have a strong second half like last year.”

With the Chicago White Sox last season, Colon went 9-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 15 starts after the All-Star break.

The Angels won four straight and six of seven before dropping Friday’s game 4-2.

The Red Sox ended a two-game slide behind Pedro Martinez’s six solid innings, but played without slugger Manny Ramirez for the second time in three games due to a tight left hamstring.

Ramirez, who is batting a team-high .342 with 26 home runs, did hit a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning. He is day-to-day.

Nomar Garciaparra homered and Trot Nixon added three hits.

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12-10 Record 18-12
4.87 ERA 5.01
116 K 158
63 BB 71
1.38 WHIP 1.37